“Chain of Ponds” Bridge, Richmond, NSW
“Chain of Ponds” Bridge, Richmond, NSW
“Chain of Ponds” Bridge, Richmond, NSW
“Chain of Ponds” Bridge, Richmond, NSW
“Chain of Ponds” Bridge, Richmond, NSW
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“Chain of Ponds” Bridge, Richmond, NSW

1866–1870. Two architectural drawings and three related manuscript notes in ink, each dated and signed “Donald McPherson”, 9 x 21cm to 38 x 61cm. Old folds, slight foxing and stains, architectural drawings laid down on new backing.

These documents, by a Donald McPherson, are relating to the construction of a bridge over the Chain of Ponds Creek, “a formidable watercourse at flood times”, passing through Richmond and Windsor. The manuscripts include a receipt dated March 1866 from the Richmond Road Trust for 119 pounds, 5 shillings “on account of making [a] bridge over [a] creek at Bell’s as agreed”; a letter dated October 1868 detailing the bridge’s construction, and an invoice dated April 1869 from the “Richmond Road Trust” to D. McPherson for “gravelling & fencing at Chain of Ponds Creek Blacktown Road” for 17 pounds, 10 shillings. The architectural drawings are titled “Chain of Ponds Creek bridge over a gully, 26/10/68”, and “A bridge on the Blacktown Road near Richmond, July 18, 1870,” this one possibly being related to another project.

Papers at the time confirm “New Bridge – The Richmond Road Trust have recently had erected over the Chain of Ponds Creek, on the Blacktown Road, a new wooden piled bridge of considerable size and of neat and substantial construction…it has cost £600. Messrs Dixon and Macpherson [sic] were the contractors, and the work reflects much credit upon them.” Ref: SMH, 30.11.1864, 26.3.1868.

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Item #CL198-17

Price (AUD): $1,950.00  other currencies

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