"Ross Bridge" (circ 1836) at Ross, Tasmania

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NGUNNAWAL, Australia

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The Ross Bridge (circ 1836) crosses the Macquarie River at the historic town of Ross, Tasmania.

The bridge was constructed by convicts in 1836 and it is the third oldest bridge still standing in Australia.

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 at Ross.

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