Ross Bridge

Coordinates: 42°01′51″S 147°29′23″E / 42.030727°S 147.489653°E / -42.030727; 147.489653
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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; 147.489653
CarriesMotor vehicles
CrossesMacquarie River
LocaleRoss, Tasmania, Australia
DesignDeck arch bridge
No. of spans3
DesignerJohn Lee Archer
Construction start1830
Construction end1836
Place ID7,209[1]
StatusPermanently 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 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.[2][3]

The bridge was registered on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate in 1978. Ross Bridge is listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register (THR # 5289) and receives protection under the Tasmanian Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995.[4] Ross Bridge is also a nominated place on the National Heritage List.[5]

The bridge is listed as a National Engineering Landmark by Engineers Australia as part of its Engineering Heritage Recognition Program.[6]

Ross Bridge


  1. ^ "Permanent and Provisional Registrations as at 22 Jan 2021" (PDF). Tasmanian Heritage Register. p. 122. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  2. ^ " is for sale | HugeDomains".
  3. ^ "Travel: Ross". The Age. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Search the Tasmanian Heritage Register | Heritage Tasmania". Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Australian Heritage Database". Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Ross Bridge, Macquarie River, 1836-". Engineers Australia. Retrieved 7 May 2020.

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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