Reen Road Bridge

When Jeanette Perry was 18 years of age in 1955, her father Mr Arthur Perry was given the job of building the bridge on Reen Road Gidgegannup. The Bridge is located near the junction with Reserve Road. The Perry family owned a block adjacent to the Wooroloo Brook and they were set up with a caravan.

Perry family camp in 1955Perry family camp in 1955
Dorothy Perry on the Gidgegannup blockDorothy Perry on the Gidgegannup block

The whole family helped with the construction of the original bridge.

Building the bridge in 1955Building the bridge in 1955
Jeanette Perry in redJeanette Perry in red

All the large logs were cut with an Adze by Arthur and he had the help of a “bloke” with a truck and crane to place the logs in position (his name not known).

Cutting the logs to sizeCutting the logs to size
The truck with crane used to build the bridgeThe truck with crane used to build the bridge

In 2022, Cheryl Palm took her Mum Jeanette (now 85 years old) back to see the existing bridge and they both felt sure some of the wooden poles may have been the ones Arthur Perry originally installed in 1955.

The bridge supports in 2022The bridge supports in 2022

Jeanette always talks about building the bridge with the fondest of memories and it was a real treat for her to stand by the bridge in 2022.

Jeanette Jones (nee Perry) at the bridge in 2022Jeanette Jones (nee Perry) at the bridge in 2022

(compiled by Cheryl Palm with the help of Jeanette Jones (nee Perry))

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