It is astounding to think that political fighting is ongoing through centuries. It doesn’t end; they just keep finding different topics to argue about. It was proposed by the separate governments of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (Vic) that they would need a bridge to continue the railways expansion toward the Murray River in 1888. The Governments faced several conflicts due to their inability to co-operate and co-ordinate activities together. These arguments included the placement of the bridge, what materials would be used to build it and funding available. The De Burgh Truss Lift bridge wasn’t completed until 1902, a total of fourteen years between the plans for a bridge were made public.
The initial debate was over the placement of the bridge. The Victorian side favoured Tocumwal for the crossing where NSW remained undecided.The resulting action was that there would be an iron bridge at Tocumwal and a wooden bridge at Cobram. The Bridge at Cobram was important due to the plans to build a railway track from Numurkah to Cobram. Cobram was later described as “the terminus of the railway from Numurkah”. When the NSW government was actually prepared for work to begin on the bridge, the Vic government started dragging their heels, causing further delays. NSW had budgeted £7500 on the bridge, which was one of the first bridges fully funded by the government. The NSW side were far more organised even though they had the added costs of a longer road that lead up to the bridge. Both sides received many criticisms over why there was continued delay over the bridges construction.
The bridge earned the name “Inter-colonial” due to the fact that it was made through the connection between two completely separate governments and colonies; being set in motion thirteen years before the Federation of Australia that made Australia one whole country as opposed to separate English colonies.