Keilor Historical Society Inc.1990
Highlights which exemplify the features of Keilor Region.

Arundel Road Trestle Bridge

Photo left: Arundel Road Trestle Bridge, Keilor 1907.
The 100th Birthday Celebration was held on Sunday 30th, 2007. A picnic for families was organised and we had a cake which everyone was able to partake of.

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses donated the cake. Like the Arundel Road Bridge, Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses has a long and proud history and dates back to 1901. They have recently become our neighbours having moved their central baking facility to 35 Harrick Road in Keilor Park.

“Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses recognises the importance of acknowledging historical events such as this one and congratulates the Keilor Historical Society for celebrating such an important day.” (Source: Steve Plarre, Administration Manager.)

The Victorian Heritage Register includes the trestle bridge in its list of historically significant places. The Arundel Estate was the first of the Closer Settlement subdivisions in the Keilor area and the bridge was the first major public work in Victoria completed under the Closer Settlement Scheme. The bridge provided access to the city markets for the settlers in the area. Technically the Arundel trestle bridge is significant as an example of a structure common at the beginning of the 20th Century but now rare.

After a new bridge opened in 1989, the trestle bridge was repaired to take pedestrian and equestrian traffic. Keilor Historical Society Inc. initiated the restoration programme and worked with the City of Keilor to obtain grants for the project from both the Federal and State Governments.