1814 ‘Smuggler’s Tunnels’ to be destroyed

brick barrel drain, Windsor bridge

Roads and Maritime Services workers have uncovered more of the brick barrel drain structure at Windsor Bridge.  These are known locally as the ‘Smuggler’s Tunnels’ and were commissioned in 1814.  They are the earliest known example of this type of infrastructure in Australia.

This structure will be destroyed when the NSW Government builds a bridge that directs traffic into intersections that will be beyond capacity when the bridge opens.

For the past 5 years, community members have been protesting at Thompson Square in Windsor every single day, 24 hours a day, Christmas Day included. They want to stop the construction of a massive bridge and road right through the nationally significant heritage square – Australia’s oldest public square.

Hunters Hill Trust has sent a submission to the Parliamentary Enquiry which we will be to able to publish when the Enquiry is made public.   You can read the Trust’s urgent letter to the NSW Premier about the Windsor Bridge Project.

Sign the petition to save Windsor Bridge here.

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  1. Posted November 18, 2018 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    why do we have to destroy everything that is historic in this state. Australia is only 230 yrs old & we have so few of our old buildings left. Please preserve what we have.

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