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Images of Colonial Life in Northern Rhodesia

Bridge Building

Richard (Tim) Dening was a District Commissioner in Northern Rhodesia in the 1950s. He was responsible for administering an area the size of Wales (20,000 sq Km) and included amongst his many duties was that of maintaining bridges and access routes in the District. The series of photographs below were taken while rebuilding a bridge over the Kabompo River which had been washed away.

Bridge building could be a dangerous business because it required that workers get into the river on occasion. My father told me once of his distress when one of his workers got washed away and was taken by a crocodile. It is a different world out there.

 

Kabemba, the bridge expert

The Kabompo Bridge before repair

Kabemba, the bridge expert.

The bridge before repair.

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The old Kabompo Bridge, washed away. Kabompo Bridge reconstruction.
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Kabompo Bridge reconstruction.

Kabompo Bridge reconstruction.

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Kabompo Bridge reconstruction. Kabompo Bridge reconstruction.

 

Mudjanyama Bridge

Mudjanyama Bridge

 

 

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Website: Copyright B.Corker 2008     Images: Copyright EGL Dening 2008