Richmond Bridge (Tasmania)

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Richmond Bridge
Richmond Bridge Panorama Restitch.jpg
Coordinates 42°44′01″S 147°26′22″E / 42.73361°S 147.43944°E / -42.73361; 147.43944
Carries Motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles
Crosses Coal River
Locale Richmond, Tasmania
Characteristics
Total length 41m (135ft)
Width 7.2m (25ft)
Longest span Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources
History
Opened 1825

The Richmond Bridge is a heritage listed arch bridge located on the B31 ("Convict Trail") in Richmond, 25 kilometres (15.5 mi) north of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. It is the oldest stone span bridge in Australia.[1] In 2005, the bridge was recognised as an outstanding historic place and added to the Australian National Heritage List.


History[edit]

The foundation stone for the Richmond Bridge was laid on 11 December 1823 and construction continued using convict labour until completion in 1825. The bridge was originally named Bigge's Bridge after Royal Commissioner, John Thomas Bigge, who recognised the need for the bridge in 1820.

The plaque on Richmond Bridge summarising its history
The stone set in the bridge showing construction started in 1823.
Another historic marker set into the bridge

Murder of George Grover[edit]

In 1832, an employee of the Richmond Gaol was murdered at Richmond bridge. George Grover was employed as a gaoler whose duties including flogging the prisoners. He was unpopular due to his ferocity and was pushed off the edge of Richmond Bridge after drunkenly falling asleep. No one was convicted of his murder.[2]

Construction[edit]

The Richmond Bridge is constructed of sandstone quarried from Butchers Hill, hauled to the construction site by convicts using hand carts. It consists of four main arches, of span 4.3, 8.1, 8.3, 8.5, 8.3 and 4.1 metres (14.1, 26.6, 27.2, 27.9, 27.2, and 13.5 ft) respectively, which spring from sloping fins with angular leading edges aligned with the flow of to the lake

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Heritage Places - Richmond Bridge". environment.gov.au. Department of Environment, Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Bellamy, D. "History of Richmond" (PDF). City of Clarence. 

3. Wilson, E. "Poetry of Place" 2004 p21 Australia's oldest bridge - Macquarie Culvert, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.