Newspaper clipping glued to reverse: “Last week’s item seeking information on the collapse of a span of the old wooden bridge spanning the Manawatu River at Wirokino in war-time days has brought response from three readers. Mrs E. Carle, Winchester Street, recalled that her son-in-law, Mr Ernest Sloan, whose parents had a farm near the bridge, heard cries for help when returning from milking. He helped in the rescue.”
Written with blue ballpoint pen on piece of paper glued to reverse: “Obviously this photo was published years after collapse as caption shows. Information received was an American Army jeep hit the side of the bridge collapsing part of the bridge & that the jeep went in the river with another vehicle (American Army followed by a cyclist). Another story was one American vehicle & two cyclists. The incident was hushed up under security regulations & by what people have told me it was some years & until after the war that the bridge was replaced. Date can only be guessed at as between 1942-44. C F Swanwick. No-one injured”
Also written with blue ballpoint pen on piece of paper glued to reverse: “Photo copied from a clipping in Lancaster Album. Courtesy of Mrs Jean Rolston. Copied courtesy Mr Bryce, April 16, 1979.”
Whirokino Bridge viewed from the south, after a central span had collapsed, due to being hit by an American vehicle during World War II. In this photograph a boat is crossing the Manawatu River. There are a number of people on both sides of the bridge. Comprehensive notes on reverse of photograph relate the incident with the American vehicle.
See also 2000.063.0001
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