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
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.