Princes Bridge plaque 1846

HAM, Thomas

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HAM, Thomas


Princes Bridge plaque

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Dimensions (H x W x D)

31.2 x 20.1 cm


The / FOUNDATION STONE / of this bridge over the / Yarra Yarra River at Melbourne / was laid on the twentieth day of / MARCH AD 1846 by His Honour Charles Joseph La Trobe Esqr. / assisted by the Ancient & Honorable / Fraternity of FREE MASONS / In the ninth Year of Reign of Her / Most Gracious Majesty / QUEEN VICTORIA / Governor of New South Wales, / Sir George Gipps Knight. / Superintendent of Pt Phillip, C.J. La Trobe Esqr. / Resident Judge of Pt., Phillip, Wm.A.Beckett Esqr. / Mayor of Melbourne, His Worship J.F. Palmer Esqr. / Superintendent of Bridges, David Lennox.

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City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection


Thomas Ham, Foundation Stone, Yarra River, Princes Bridge, Plaque


This brass plaque celebrates the laying of the foundation stone, by Charles Joseph LaTrobe, for the first Princes Bridge across the Yarra River in Melbourne. Engraver, lithographer and publisher Thomas Ham (1821–70) also designed the first version of the City of Melbourne coat of arms, in 1842–43.