HE’D BE PROUD: David Trumpy’s great nephew Robert Lawrence attended the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Ipswich’s David Trumpy Bridge .
HE’D BE PROUD: David Trumpy’s great nephew Robert Lawrence attended the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Ipswich’s David Trumpy Bridge . Kate Czerny

Bridge built a lasting impression

WHEN it was opened 50 years ago, the city's engineer said the David Trumpy Bridge had the capacity to handle 10,000 vehicles a day.

Today the bridge averages about 33,000 vehicles each day.

Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey joined Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale in recognising the historic importance of the bridge at an official celebration at North Ipswich yesterday.

For the Governor there was a personal link, remembering his days travelling across the bridge as a student at Ipswich Central Primary School.

He said the bridge was a key piece of infrastructure that facilitated the growth seen in Ipswich today.

"The opening of this bridge in 1965 by the then Administrator of Queensland, and later Governor, Sir Alan Mansfield, was a major event," he said.

"The David Trumpy Bridge did far more than link East Street and Pine Street. It provided a substantial, modern connection across the Bremer that increased cross-river traffic.

"Over the decades, the bridge has accelerated the growth and development of Ipswich. Sir Alan would be astounded we were here today, particularly by the development on the northern side of the river."

Guests at the ceremony included former Member for Ipswich David Hamill, former Ipswich Mayor John Nugent, former deputy mayor Denise Hanley, current MPs Shayne Neumann, Jennifer Howard and Jim Madden, Ipswich City councillors St Mary's Primary School students and Ipswich Grammar School students.

Alongside the guests was the great nephew of David Trumpy, Dr Robert Lawrence and his father Ian, and the two-year-old boy featured in a well known photograph of Dr Trumpy, Peter Merrell who travelled from Townsville for the ceremony.

Former nurse Beth Gourlas (nee Sneyd) from Warwick, who took the photograph, also attended.

The bridge was named after Dr Trumpy in recognition of the 47 years he spent as Ipswich Hospital's Superintendent from 1920 to his retirement in 1967.

Cr Pisasale paid tribute to the bridge's namesake, who was awarded the Medal of the British Empire (MBE)for his dedication to the medical profession in 1960.

"The Ipswich community of the time was extremely fortunate to have someone as dedicated as Dr Trumpy at the helm of their local hospital," Cr Pisasale said. "Dr Trumpy was heavily involved in Ipswich's medical community.

"He was the foundation member of the Ipswich and West Moreton Medical Association formed in 1926 and in 1928 was elected a member of the Council of the Queensland branch of the British Medical Association."

More than 1000 people attended the opening of the David Trumpy Bridge in 1965.

Council's City Infrastructure Committee chairwoman Cheryl Bromage said the David Trumpy Bridge was opened 100 years almost to the day after the opening of the old bridge it was replacing.

"The opening was a large community event and photos from the time showed the bridge filled with people," she said.

"Original plans for the bridge have been found in the possession of The Ipswich Historical Society and they are going to be placed on display from next week at Ipswich Central Library."

 



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