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Ross Bridge, Ross

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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.
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. Ross Bridge is also a nominated place on the National Heritage List.
The bridge is listed as a National Engineering Landmark by Engineers Australia as part of its Engineering Heritage Recognition Program.
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  • I specifically drove to Ross to see the Ross Bridge and it didn't disappoint. It is mind boggling to think that this bridge was built by hand by convicts and is still standing proudly today. The... 
    I specifically drove to Ross to see the Ross Bridge and it didn't disappoint. It is mind boggling to think that this bridge was built by hand by convicts and is still standing proudly today. The...  more »
  • Built by convict labour of sandstone in 1836 to cross the Macquarie River. The stone-work is worn in many places by the passage of time and foot traffic. A magnificent example of human engineering... 
    Built by convict labour of sandstone in 1836 to cross the Macquarie River. The stone-work is worn in many places by the passage of time and foot traffic. A magnificent example of human engineering...  more »
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  • The bridge is very impressed for something built almost 200 years ago. Definitely a must see when going to Hobart from Launceston. An old town with loads of historical buildings, must check out the female factory too. It looks like an old home but once you walk in there is loads of history written on the walls.
  • Nice historical city. We stopped by the town on the way to Launceston. It is roughly in the mid way. Not far from the exit and there are toilets available.

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