Heritage

The Bridge of Remembrance

The Bridge of Remembrance which links Oxford and Cambridge Terraces over the Avon River at Cashel Street was opened on Armistice Day, 11 November 1924 by the Governor-General, Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Jellicoe, who had previously laid the foundation stone on Anzac Day, 25 April 1923. The Bridge was designed by architects Prouse and Gummer, who won the architectural competition out of 24 entries.

It was reopened as a pedestrian precinct on Anzac Day 1977 by Capt. Charles H. Upham, VC and bar.

Working on the Bridge of Remembrance

The Bridge and the Arch

The Bridge and its Arch of Remembrance serve as a memorial to servicemen and women of two World Wars and subsequent conflicts in Korea, Malaya, Borneo, and Vietnam. It replaces an earlier bridge over which many thousands of soldiers marched en route from the barracks to the railway station and overseas service.

In the central frame of the arch is the inscription Quid non pro patria (What will a man not do for his country). The Bridge also features a number of unit memorials and a memorial plaque to Charles Upham VC.

In 1989, Stage 1 of the Bridge refurbishment was completed with Stage 2 commencing in September 1991. It was completed in April 1992. A commemorative plaque dedication ceremony was held on 21 June 1992.

The Bridge of Remembrance today

The Bridge of Remembrance was structurally damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake. Inspections suggested it was stable and a decision was made to permanently repair the bridge.

Find out more on the Christchurch City Council website:

Bridge of Remembrance The Bridge of Remembrance

More information

Christchurch War Memorial: Bridge of Remembrance
A digitised publication on the history and symbolic features of the Bridge of Remembrance opened by Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa, on Armistice Day, 11 November 1924. Extracts from the address of J. Wyn Irwin, of the Bridge of Remembrance Committee.
Bridge of Remembrance
Photographs from Christchurch City Libraries’ Flickr.
Image collection: Bridge of Remembrance
A sample of photographs of the Bridge of Remembrance in our collection.
Public Art in Central Christchurch: Bridge of Remembrance
Information on the Bridge and its history from this publication locating and documenting publicly owned works of art in central Christchurch.
The Bridge of Remembrance
Information from the Christchurch City Council, including a short history.

Related pages

Sources

This was originally derived from the Christchurch City Council handbook of 1998.