Toll Ticket for Pacific Highway

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Pale green-blue ticket with black text and maroon vertical line through centre, indicating the end of the paper roll. Small tear in lower half of the ticket. Some browning in the corners.
CH classification DOCUMENTS Tickets toll
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L93 x W48 mm
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D 248293 \ Form 37 A. \ (-/5/38). \ Queensland Main Roads Commission. \ KEEP THIS TICKET FOR HALF-MILE THEN DESTROY. \ PACIFIC HIGHWAY \ Toll Ticket \ 1\- \ Motor cars [load capacity info] \ AVAILABLE FOR ONE PASSAGE ONLY
History and use
This toll ticket is for the passage of a motor vehicle across the Logan River Bridge on the Pacific Highway, south of Brisbane, Queensland, for a cost of one shilling (or 12 pence).

When Arthur Moore became Queensland Premier in 1929, his Country Progressive National Party introduced a new system of road tolls, including tolls on government projects to help recover the costs of construction. The Logan River Bridge replaced the previous ferry service on 30 June 1931, filling the last gap on the main South Coast road (later to be known as the Pacific Highway) between Brisbane and the New South Wales border. A total of £9767 in tolls were earned in the first year. The public accepted the use of tolls at this time due to the economic depression and as the toll revenue enabled infrastructure that might not otherwise be constructed. The public became unsympathetic to continuing tolls on the Logan River Bridge as it had been built for £25, 796 in 1931, and had earned the government £55, 649 by 1936. The Commissioner for Main Roads J. R. Kemp indicated at that time that the revenue was not just to cover the costs of the bridge but for all of the Pacific Highway.

(Ref: Diamond, M. and J. Smith, 1999, From Bulldust to Beef Roads and Beyond: Main Roads – The first 50 years, Queensland Main Roads, Brisbane.)

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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