The 1933 Denham Suspension Bridge into Guyana’s Hinterland

The 1933 Denham Suspension Bridge into Guyana’s Hinterland

By Dmitri Allicock

Denham Suspension Bridge

Set like gems in the crown of South America, nestled on the North-Eastern shoulder, defying the raging Atlantic Ocean, Guyana’s many waterways reflect the source of its name “The Land of Many Waters”.  These waterways are natural highways which link all the regions of Guyana including the mineral and forestry rich highlands.

In November 1933 a bridge was constructed over the Garraway Stream, linking Mahdia to Bartica by trail. This cable suspension bridge was named “Denham Bridge” after the then Colonial Governor Sir Edward Denham. The Denham Suspension Bridge, which is also called the Garraway Stream Bridge, served as a vital access to the early Gold and Diamond fields of Guyana. 

The bridge was erected directly over the Potaro River at an area referred to as Garraway Stream.  It was constructed by Scotsman John Aldi, a civil engineer and general contractor who was interred at Bartica’s Sorrow Hill Cemetery where he joined many of the early settlers in making Guyana their permanent home.    Read more -  1933 DENHAM BRIDGE

Also read related story published earlier:

THE 1897 WISMAR TO ROCKSTONE RAILWAY

THE 1897 WISMAR TO ROCKSTONE RAILWAY By Dmitri Allicock

The once popular and well known 1897 Demerara to Essequibo railway symbolized Upper Demerara and served as a cornerstone in its development before Bauxite dominated. This railway provided valuable and safe transportation for commuters and cargo between Essequibo and Demerara. It was Guyana’s first inland railroad    [more]

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On June 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Dmitri, thanks for that interesting bit of Guyana’s history that was ignorant about. Beautiful photos.

  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On June 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    You are most welcome Rosaliene.
    The article brought back so much memories of the Pork Knocker.
    I am looking around for a superb “letter from a Gold Digger “to a woman. He was trying to win her love with very colorful words and adjectives.
    The legendary Pork Knocker left us a wealth of stories and a rich cultural heritage.
    Best regards,
    Dmitri.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On June 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Look forward to reading that letter when you find it.

  • Lenox Boston  On June 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Lovely pictures, this bridge is still in everyday use. I work in Mahdia, but i am not a Pork Knocker

  • Marco Basir  On June 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I guess everyone really love my pictures, for they have been appearing all over in the net and print this week. I like your article and keep it up. I just came back from the Shell Beach and if you wish to do an article you know how to get me.
    Great work, cheers.

  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On June 12, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Hi Lenox,
    How are you? Are you still in Mahdia? The bridge appears to be fairly well maintained from the pictures. I know that mini bus uses it frequently. Are they using it for timber transport?
    Many of my late and current relatives used the bridge for various purposes. You might know some with names like, Fiedtkou, Bremner, Reece, Allicock and Van Lange to name some.
    Best regards

  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On June 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Marco,
    You are so right. The pictures of the bridge were “superb” and drove me to write this article.
    John Aldi, the contractor who built the bridge, was hard of hearing and there was a funny story goes with it.
    One of the workers had asked him for” TEN DOLLARS” by speaking into one of his ears, Aldi turned to him and told him he didn’t hear him and he should speak into the other ear.
    The worker then asked for “TWENTY DOLLARS”. Aldi then told him “to go back to the TEN DOLLAR ear”

    My email is DNALLICOCK@GMAIL.COM. I would love to see the pictures of Shell beach and do an article with full credit to you for the pictures.
    If you have any more of that nature, I would love to see them and assist by promoting and documenting Guyana’s hinterland and wonderful heritage.
    Thanks for the great pictures and the great job you did.
    God Bless,
    Dmitri

    • Marco Basir  On June 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Hey Mr Allicock,
      Due to my location and speed of internet here I am unable to send you Photos directly to the email, but i am on panoramio.com at this link with great resolutions http://www.panoramio.com/user/736741?show=all
      But if you are interested in more Photos of a particular location feel free to email me. frookie@gmail.com
      Photos of Shell Beach are on Panoramio also.
      Regards
      Marco

      • Clyde Duncan  On March 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        Great photographs of Guyana hinterland, Marco. I am a city boy who is very afraid of the jungle, but I adore your photos of life and developments in the country. Some of the photos are identified as “Untitled” or there is a title and no reference to a location. I assumed that the Google map on the left of the photos identified the location. Perhaps, it would be helpful to add the location to the title, if it is not included in the title. Otherwise, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to you and Dmitri and everyone who is willing to share some positive things of Guyana with the rest of us. The good outweighs the bad, I believe!

  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On June 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Marco,
    Thank you once again for photographically documenting the wonders and great beauty of Guyana and making it available for all to see, “a Guyana truly yours to discover.”
    Thanks for the link.
    Best regards,
    Dmitri

  • francis Jackson  On September 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    A bit of history that I did not know nor can I remember. Those who know ought to tell and teach the rest of us. Vital information that can be referrenced and share with others. Good picture. Thanks for sharing Dmitri. very good.

    • Dmitri Allicock  On September 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Thanks you Francis and much appreciated Dmitri

  • mohamed shaw  On January 13, 2013 at 2:50 am

    i was fortunate to have seen this bridge and was very impressed.thanks for the info. I did some research about its history but did not learn much. Even the late Godfrey Chin did not know about John Aldi and all that. Great job Dmitri…would love to see an article on the Tumatumari hydro falls, which was supposedly constructed to provide power for a dredge in a nearby river…remains of this dredge can still be seen..

  • Dmitri Allicock  On May 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Brandis_Denham

  • Dmitri Allicock  On May 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    http://guyanathenandnow.wordpress.com/

  • Dmitri Allicock  On July 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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