Ross Bridge

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Ross Bridge
Ross Bridge.jpg
Ross Bridge with the Uniting Church in the background
Coordinates42°01′51″S 147°29′23″E / 42.030727°S 147.489653°E / -42.030727; 147.489653Coordinates: 42°01′51″S 147°29′23″E / 42.030727°S 147.489653°E / -42.030727; 147.489653
CarriesMotor vehicles
CrossesMacquarie River
LocaleRoss, Tasmania, Australia
Heritage statusRegister of the National Estate (now-defunct)
DesignDeck arch bridge
No. of spans3
DesignerJohn Lee Archer
Construction start1830
Construction end1836

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 George 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 now-defunct Register of the National Estate in 1978.

Ross Bridge


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  2. ^ "Travel: Ross". The Age. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 14 March 2008.

Further reading[edit]

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

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