Prior to a bridge over Minnumurra River horsemen waded through the river or swam their horses across it.
From as early as 1847 a punt would take travellers from the ‘Peterborough Estate’, over to the opposite shore at Minnamurra. In July 1858 a new punt was placed in service. Mrs. Hollings, landowner, paid for half of the cost.
In 1870 the design and specification for a bridge over the Minnamurra River at the cost of £1000 was secured. The bridge was built by contractor Michael for Shellharbour Council.
In 1890 a new bridge was built with Kiama and Shellharbour Councils sharing the costs. The new bridge was designed with 19 feet clear roadway and was erected east of the old bridge.
‘Blue Haven’, WA Bayley, Kiama Municipal Council, 1976.
|Minnamurra Bridge, 1872.|
Shellharbour Images, Shellharbour City Libraries.