Ross Bridge
Quite rightly the pride of the village this beautiful stone bridge was constructed by convicts in 1836. It is the third oldest bridge still standing in Australia and is recognised as the most important convict-built bridge in the country. It was constructed on the orders of Governor Arthur and designed by John Lee Archer. Built by convicts its beautiful stonework is the result of two convict stonemasons – Daniel Herbert and James Colbeck. They were paid one shilling a day. Herbert, who had been transported for highway robbery in 1827, was freed after the bridge was completed and is buried in the Old Cemetery. He is credited with the beautiful carvings on the side of the bridge. Experts have described the carvings as ‘possibly the richest achievement of the earlier colonial period if not the most significant sculpture on any edifice in the Commonwealth.’ Leslie Greener, who was largely responsible for discovering that Daniel Herbert was responsible for the carvings, has written: ’Ross Bridge is the most beautiful of its kind today. The carvings have in them that delight in the shapes themselves that our sculptors lost somewhere in the 13th century.
The Age

I’ve lived about 60 year on this planet and always loved photography. Never more so than after I went digital. It is so good and so easy. With the push of a couple of buttons I can recall images with memories otherwise put in an album and only to be seen when searching for something else. Memories from walks and holidays I like to share. Please have a look at the images and stories and leave a comment if you like. It will be much appreciated by me.

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  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 5 years ago

    A stunning capture of the Ross Bridge John and great info. Even though I live in Tassie, I have never got a shot of this. (I hang my head in shame). You have captured it perfectly.

  • Thanks Sharon. We stayed there in the Ross Motel and had dinner at the pub. Great food by the way. The bakery is something special too.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 5 years ago

    Does the pub still have the 3 legged dog? Glad you enjoyed your stay.

  • I’m not aware of the dog. It was in March 2007. A lot of water under the bridge since (pardon the pun). LOL

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskiover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture….lovely bridge and very interesting history…well done my friend :)

  • Thanks so much Donna. It’s such a nice place to visit.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 5 years ago

    This is beautiful and the history completes the picture. It was raining when I was there so I didn’t get many shots of this – I’ll just have to go back again.

  • Thanks Bev. If you go back, I’m sure you will enjoy it again.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 5 years ago

    Great bridge and capture, lovely colours

  • Thanks Trudi. Your comments and support are appreciated.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • John44
    John44over 5 years ago

    Hey John .. oh man I realy thought we where looking to a bridge in the Sth of France..
    A wonderful photo and ditto story !
    Welldone John


  • Thanks John. It’s definitely Tassie.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Mayina
    Mayinaover 5 years ago

    Superb shot John……….

  • Thanks for your comment Gwenda. much appreciated.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosover 5 years ago

    It’s a beautiful old stone bridge John and quite right that it is the pride of the local village, a most interesting story of the convicts who built it as well.
    Very nicely composed and the warm tones of the stonework contrast the blues of the river so well, a beautiful image and very well documented,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Thanks Rod. You put a lot of time in commenting on my work. It’s very well appreciated and inspirational.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Edith Farrell
    Edith Farrellover 5 years ago

    Just such a stunning bridge and the view you got with it is fantastic!

  • Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Edith. Your comment is very much appreciated

    – John Vriesekolk

  • brigusser
    brigusserover 5 years ago

    Classic shot well composed…

  • Thanks for your kind comment Brigusser. Much appreciated.

    – John Vriesekolk

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