Topic: Waingongoro River Bridge, Tokaora - 1907

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Old South Road, Tokaora

Waingongoro River Bridge 

Waingongoro River Bridge

(This bridge is now by-passed with a nearby new road and bridge.)


Text of Marble Plaque


This bridge was erected by

the Hawera County Council

in the year 1907 AD

W. Goodland - Chairman

F. Basham - Engineer

A. W. Buckland - Contractor


The earlier wooden Waingongoro bridge became badly decayed and unsafe so weight restrictions had to be made.

 The new reinforced concrete bridge was finally opened in April 1908. 

The Hawera Star (24 April 1908) reported that "This bridge is now completed ..... and traffic has been over the bridge for the past two weeks."

The new bridge ,though, developed some cracks and there was some settlement of the abutment filling (See 1910 report in Documents below) Repairs were soon made to rectify the faults.


F[rederick] Basham, the County Engineer, married  Maude Ruby Taylor of New Plymouth in 1904. She later became the famous 'Aunt Daisy' of New Zealand's radio waves of the mid-20th century.


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Waingongoro River Bridge, Tokaora - 1907

Waingongoro River Bridge, Tokaora - 1907 by Ron is Copyright Act 1994