Bridge builder honoured

AT a time when Brisbane River crossings – or the lack of them – are being hotly debated in Ipswich, a Raceview man is preparing to honour one of Queensland’s greatest bridge builders.

Noel Davis is the grandson of Walter Taylor, the designer and builder of the distinctive bridge which bears his name between Chelmer and Indooroopilly.

Mr Davis spent a good deal of last year working on his maternal grandfather’s record of achievements, The Remarkable Walter Taylor.

“I’ve wanted to do it for a while,” he said.

“It’s the 75th anniversary of the opening of the bridge on February 14.

“My grandfather not only did an enormous amount of building in south-east Queensland, he was also an inventor and a visionary.

“In 1924 he had a plan to put a tunnel under the Brisbane River to Woolloongabba.

“People had no idea of the man he was. He was very reserved.”

Walter Taylor worked as an architect, designer, engineer and builder, though he had no formal qualifications.

He built four bridges before the suspension bridge, known as the Indooroopilly Toll Bridge, opened in 1936.

Ipswich City Council and the Ebbw Vale Progress Association were involved in early discussions about its planning.

One of Mr Taylor’s enduring legacies is the Graceville Methodist Uniting Church, where the book will be launched on Sunday, February 13, at 2pm, by the Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley.

For copies of the book, call Mr Davis on 3202 3660.

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