Ross Bridge

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Ross Bridge
Ross Bridge.jpg
Ross Bridge with the Uniting Church in the background
Coordinates 42°01′51″S 147°29′23″E / 42.0308°S 147.4897°E / -42.0308; 147.4897Coordinates: 42°01′51″S 147°29′23″E / 42.0308°S 147.4897°E / -42.0308; 147.4897
Carries Motor vehicles
Crosses Macquarie River
Locale Ross, Tasmania,  Australia
Heritage status Registered
Design Deck arch bridge
Material Sandstone
No. of spans 3
Designer John Lee Archer
Construction start 1830
Construction end 1836

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 Register of the National Estate in 1978.

Ross Bridge


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  2. ^ "Ross". Travel. The Age. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-14.

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