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A bridge into Angaston’s history

A bridge into Angaston’s history

For 150 years it’s been walked over, driven over and even trotted over, but yesterday the Angaston community made sure it wasn’t looked over as they commemorated a special milestone.

December 8, 1865 was the official opening of the Angaston Bridge on the Nuriootpa to Angaston Road and Chairman of the Angaston & Penrice Historical Society, Dr Bill Gransbury said it would have been a grand occasion.

“We reckon just about everyone in the district would have been there for the opening,” Dr Gransbury said.

“It was such an important event. The bridge opened up the entrance, created roads into the towns beyond and made Angaston the important regional centre it was at the time.”

Whilst yesterday’s 150th celebrations may not have attracted the thousands that were there when His Excellency Sir Dominick Daly, Governor of South Australia, attended back in 1865, it did attract the current state governor and descendents of Angaston
families who would have witnessed the original opening.

The Barossa Council Mayor Bob Sloane welcomed His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AO and together with Member for Schubert, Mr Stephan Knoll, they formed part of the modern day re-enactment that had a horse drawn buggy travelling through Salter’s Gully and a pipe band marching in a parade from Angaston Memorial Reserve.

Although a much smaller scale celebration, Tuesday’s event gave more than 100 people a taste of what the original opening ceremony would have been like.

“The procession actually started off in Freeling,” Dr Gransbury explained.

“They came up on the train and there was a procession that went through Barossa towns, Freeling, Greenock, Nuri and through to Angaston.”

Newspaper articles of the day reported “an immense concourse of persons, occupying every sort of vehicle and mounted on every kind of steed,” streaming behind the official party as thy travelled into Angaston to see the bridge built by contractor, Mr Joseph Crank.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.