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
CarriesMotor vehicles
CrossesMacquarie River
LocaleRoss, Tasmania,  Australia
Heritage statusRegistered
Characteristics
DesignDeck arch bridge
MaterialSandstone
No. of spans3
History
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 Register of the National Estate in 1978.

Ross Bridge

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.australiangetaway.com/australia/travel/ross-bridge-map-r.html
  2. ^ "Ross". Travel. The Age. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 14 March 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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