The Red Bridge in Tasmania crosses the Elizabeth River at Campbell Town. Built in 1838 using penal labour, it is the oldest surviving brick arch bridge in Australia,1 as well as the oldest bridge anywhere on the National Highway.2 The bridge contains three arch spans of 7.6 m (25 ft) each and holds two lanes of traffic as well as pedestrian walkways. It lies on the Midland Highway, roughly halfway between Hobart and Launceston, carrying over two million vehicles per year.
It is said to be designed by James Blackburn, architect to Melbourne and a convict himself.3 It was constructed of 1,250,000 hand-made bricks on dry land, and after its completion the river was diverted to flow under the bridge.4
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Campeltown, Tasmania, Australia.
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The Tasmanian Community fund has provided funds for the Promotion and Rejuvination of the Campbell Town/Elizabeth River Connection. The funding will assist with the implementation of the landscape master plan that will help to conserve and promote the cultural heritage of Campbell Town and the Elizabeth River, and, in particular, the historic Red Bridge.