Ross Bridge

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Ross Bridge
Ross Bridge.jpg
Ross Bridge with the Uniting Church in the background
Carries Motor vehicles
Crosses Macquarie River
Locale Ross, Tasmania,  Australia
Designer John Lee Archer
Design Deck arch bridge
Material Sandstone
Number of spans 3
Construction begin 1830
Construction end 1836
Heritage status Registered

Ross Bridge is an historic bridge in the town of Ross in central Tasmania, Australia, completed in July 1836. It crosses the Macquarie River.

The sandstone bridge was constructed by convict labour, and is the third oldest bridge still in use in Australia. Commissioned by Lieutenant-Governor Arthur, the bridge was designed by architect John Lee Archer, with the convict work team including two stonemasons, James Colbeck and Daniel Herbert, the latter being credited with the intricate carvings along both sides of the bridge.[1] [2] The bridge was registered on the Register of the National Estate in 1978.

Ross Bridge

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Further reading about the Bridge[edit]

  • R Smith, Early Tasmanian bridges, Launceston, 1969;
  • L Newitt, Convicts & carriageways, Hobart, 1988.
  • L. Greener and N. Laird, Ross Bridge and the Sculpture of Daniel Herbert, Hobart, 1971

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Coordinates: 42°01′51″S 147°29′23″E / 42.030727°S 147.489653°E / -42.030727; 147.489653