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Journeys : Aug Sep 2010
Member in focus Mike McHugo is a retired public servant who lives in Blackmans Bay with his wife Wendy. They have two adult daughters, Helen and Karen. Mike has been a RACT member since 1968. Why did you join the RACT? Basically because my father had been a member and I joined for the Roadside ser vice when I got my first car. It was a Mini and it was a good little car. Wendy is a member and I joined both of our daughters when they started driving. What's the most memorable time you've been helped by being part of the RACT? When I worked in tow n I used to park in Battery Point. I came back after work one day and found one of my tyres had been slashed. I rang the R ACT as the tyre was completely flat, they changed it and I went and bought a new tyre. Tell me about your current car. It is a ruby red Honda Accord. I have had red cars before and I was deter mined I would buy a lighter colour car as I'm a fastidious type of person who likes to keep a clean car. I had just retired so I had time to check around. One day I walked in to the Honda dealer and saw it sitting in the showroom and it just had 'buy me' w ritten all over it. It won me over. I want it to last 10 years and then I will get myself another one. It has been a really good car. Do you have any stickers on your car? No, the only one I've got is the R ACT 40-year member one. I'm not one for putting stickers on cars. What is your biggest motoring gripe? People not giving indication s and lack of courtesy. I know people can be in a hurry but they need to be more patient. What is your most precious material possession? The things that immediately come to mind are my Geelong memorabilia and my bowls but really, they could be replaced. What is your most memorable holiday moment? Every January we used to go up to a place on the East Coast called the Cray Drop Inn as a family. We did it for 13 or 14 years in a row. The place was owned by the Aulich family and we started going when Karen was one and Helen was three. It was ter rific for those years, we had fantastic family times. We would go for two weeks each year and often other family members would come up for a week as well. What about your favourite holiday destination? We went to Glasgow in Scotland -- we were only there a couple of nights but something was calling me back. Where do you plan to spend your next holiday? We're not sure yet, we might go to Queensland. We also want to go back to England to see Karen, who is living in London. Jim Marwood takes a look across the River Derwent Jim Marwood is a doctor, author, historian and traveller. He has been based in Tasmania since 1962 and in recent years has divided his working time between Tasmania and remote medical clinics across northern and inland Australia. Early road, rail and river transport to Hobart all came together at Bridgewater. Travellers by train, car, horse-draw n carts and bicycles shared a single bridge, but everyone had to wait when it sw ung open for steamboats, barges and yachts going to and from New Norfolk. The turntable of the swing bridge is still there, west of the present railway, but by 1935 it was decided to replace it with a lifting span. A young engineer named Allan Knight was completing a difficult crossing up the coast at Scam ander. He was brought in to supervise the work, using the new technique of arc-welding. But the project had to be postponed when Australia entered the war. A road connecting Hobart with the East Coast was a strategic priority, so Knight was ordered to design a new crossing on the deep, wide lower Der went. A tall lift section on the Bridgewater patter n could be built at the western side for shipping, but the rest of the span would need very deep piling. Resources were limited. It was a hard problem, but Director of Main Roads, G.D.Belsall, staked his reputation on Knight's strange solution -- a graceful arch, not over the river, but floating on its surface. Watertight concrete boxes were linked to m ake two long segmented curves, to be pushed and pulled together by tugboats and steam traction engines. It is hard to imagine the social impact when the bridge was opened. From a sleepy ferry ter minal, Bellerive became a fast-growing city suburb. As 7000 vehicles a day crossed the narrow bridge, pedestrians and the occasional horseman were intrigued to feel their road sink, then rise again with every passing car. The finished bridge became a showpiece for Tasmania, and Allan Knight's part in the state's future development was assured. But no bridge lasts forever. After twenty-five years, reinforcing rods were r usting in the concrete. With ever-increasing traffic, the floating arch had to be replaced. The choice lay between a six-lane suspension bridge and, at half the cost, a concrete, four- lane arch supported on piles driven into the river bed. The A Stone Age construction? In our community 12 August / September 2010
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