William Jolly Bridge - Grey Street Bridge


Fully-constructed and opened during the worst period of Great Depression in 1932, the

Grey Street Bridge, which is now well-known as the William Jolly Bridge by the locals,

crosses the Brisbane River and connects Grey Street in South Brisbane to Roma Street on

the west side of the Brisbane Central Business District. The change of the bridge's name to William Jolly was done on July 5, 1955 as tribute to Brisbane's city Council's first mayor Lord William Alfred Jolly, who was also a Chairman of the Bridges and Ferries Committee.
Bearing the motto, "Moving goods and people," the bridge serves a very important landmark that linked transportation and communication between both sides of the river, as well as the economic and commercial improvement of the Southern Brisbane area.


Nowadays, it has been a major roadway for motorists who would stay away from the

congested traffic conditions in the Victoria Bridge. It is composed of two lanes for passing vehicles in each direction and a lane for cyclists and pedestrians as well. It is reported that approximately 40,000 vehicles pass over William Jolly Bridge on a normal weekday.
This bridge hails as Australia's first steel frame rainbow arch type bridge and the first time

that Gunite or sprayed dry mix concrete was used extensively for a construction project.

It was designed by civil engineer Alison Eavis Harding Frew and was built by contractors

Evans Deakin and MR Hornibrook.


The project costed 7,000 pounds to construct in a span of four years, from 1928 to 1932. Famous for its art deco style, a lot of critics and commoners fall into the misconception that majority of the exteriors of the bridge was intentionally done for pure aesthetic purposes, such as the concrete encasing which many have thought were constructed to hide much of the structural steelwork of the bridge.

William Jolly Bridge - Grey Street Bridge

It is actually designed to carry major part of the load, while the steelwork acts as underpinning. The other design that falls under the supposed

category of form and function are the grotesques and the four tower-like elements that welcome motorists upon entry to the bridge. It could have been used to support cables for the electric tramway which was planned to be built before, but the project never passed across the proposal. Nonetheless,

the elements were made for additional purposes. Before the emergence of the street lightings and traffic lights, William Jolly Bridge's source of illumination comes from spherical glass lights mounted on both sides of the arches. It was in 1964 when these lights were replaced.

The bridge, which has always been considered as an important landmark, has been chosen for a location in a scene in the film, Inspector Gadget 2.

The Hollywood film was shot in 2002.