Barkers Creek Viaduct, Harcourt – Then and Then and Now

In 2017, I published a post about the Barkers Creek Viaduct which was part of the railway infrastructure built in the late 1850s to early 1860s to connect Melbourne and its sea port with Echuca, a major river port on the Murray, by rail.

This is how it looked in 1860 shortly after it was built.


More than 30 years later in 1894, there were still sightseers and different vegetation.

Today, the viaduct is still in active service nearly 160 years after it was built.

The viaduct is still the same but the nature of its surroundings has changed as the character of the vegetation has changed.

I recently purchased a fridge magnet of the 1894 photograph from a stall holder at Wesley Hill Market. I was delighted to find I could down load the photograph which is held in the collection of Museums Victoria. The photographer was a M. Law.




5 Responses

  1. It’s difficult to imagine roadworks currently being undertaken, having the durability of this early construction. They certainly don’t seem to have the same charm…..

    • Hi, I think part of the charm of the viaduct is the simplicity of the design. German artisans who took a great pride in their craft constructed it.

      • Simple is always timeless. 🙂

  2. Very interesting, thank you.

    • Hi Susan, Old photographs are fascinating. I have been buying fridge magnets depicting scenes from the 1850s onwards from Debbie at Wesley Hill Market for some time now. I have quite a collection adorning my fridge door.

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