Morell Bridge

bridge in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Morell Bridge is a bridge over the Yarra River in South Yarra, Melbourne, Australia. It was built in 1899 by John Monash and J. T. N. Anderson. It was the first bridge in Victoria to be built using reinforced concrete.[1][2][3][4]

Morell Bridge
Coordinates37°49′40″S 144°59′06″E / 37.8277°S 144.985°E / -37.8277; 144.985
CarriesPedestrians and cyclists
CrossesYarra River
LocaleMelbourne, Australia
Official nameMorell Bridge
DesignArch bridge

It has decorations on the three arch spans, including large dragons, and Victorian era lighting. The drains on the bridge are cobbled bluestone, with a single vehicle lane in the middle. The bridge is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[5] It was built on dry land, and the course of the Yarra River was later changed to flow under the bridge.[5]

It was first called the Anderson Street bridge, but it was named the Morell Bridge in 1936 after Sir Stephen Morell[6] who was Lord Mayor of Melbourne between 1926 and 1928.

On June 7, 1998 the bridge was closed to motor vehicles as part of the CityLink project.[7] It is now used by cyclists and people, joining the Royal Botanic Gardens to the Olympic Park areas.


  1. City of Melbourne. "Bridges of Melbourne: Bridge Management Plan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  2. "The Monier Bridge". The Argus. Melbourne, Vic. 21 July 1899. p. 6. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  3. Morell Bridge at Structurae
  4. Kristin, Otto (2009), Yarra : a diverting history, Text Publishing, p. 190, ISBN 978-1-921520-00-6
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Morell Bridge". Victorian Heritage Database. 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  6. Dunstan, David (1986). "Morell, Sir Stephen Joseph (1869–1944)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 13 November 2011 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  7. "Closure of Morrell Bridge Announced" (PDF). 7 June 1998. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-07-08.

37°49′39.6″S 144°59′6.0″E / 37.827667°S 144.985000°E / -37.827667; 144.985000