Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sauer's Bridge over Munna creek named in honour of War Services

Bridge opening 1935 Eastern side Sauer's Bridge Glen Echo Road Miva. Image part of the Wayne Sauer Collection.
Bridge opening 1935 Western side of bridge.  Sauer's Bridge Glen Echo Road Miva. Image part of the Wayne Sauer Collection.

Tiaro Library had a visit from Wayne Sauer who revealed some history about his grandfather, William Henry Sauer and how his name was on a Bridge at Glen Echo Road, Miva. Wayne's Grandfather, William Sauer was a Councillor for the Tiaro Shire Council from 8th February 1932 to 1st May, 1943 and he was chairman for the Tiaro Shire Council from 1st May, 1948 to 28th May,1949.

Source TroveThe Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939)Thu 7 Feb 1935

In early 1934 flood waters had carried away the bridge which crossed the Munna Creek. A new structure was built some two hundred yards down from the site of the old bridge, with the official opening held on the 19th January 1935.In December the Tiaro Shire Council decided that the new bridge be named Sauer's Bridge as a recognition of Councillor W. Sauer's war services and his efforts to have the bridge built. William Sauer fought in World War One. He was transported on the ship Kyarra to the war landing in Alexandra on 28th August,1915 and transferred to France in 1916.  He was wounded in the Battle of Pazieres in August 1916.

large crowd of 300 people were present at the grand opening. More information can be found in the Trove article of the 21 January, 1935.
A crowd neighbouring 300 people. Image part of the Wayne Sauer Collection.
The bridge is no longer standing.  The Tiaro Shire Council replaced it with a cement bridge about 15 years ago.

William Henry Sauer was born on the 6th March, 1893 in Queensland, Australia. He died on 6th March, 1958 in Miva, Queensland. He was buried in Dickabram Cemetery. He married Mrs A. A. Sauer.

Did you ever use this bridge?

Published with consent from Wayne Sauer

Newspapers Home - Trove. (2016). Trove. Retrieved 13.3.2018, from

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