The Ross Bridge, Tasmania

Ross Bridge is a Georgian sandstone arch bridge in the town of Ross in central Tasmania,  completed in July 1836. Crossing the Macquarie River and constructed using convict labor, it is the third oldest bridge in use in Australia. Commissioned by Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur, the bridge was designed by architect John Lee Archer. Convict stonemason Daniel Herbert who had been transported for highway robbery has been credited with the beautiful carvings along both sides of the bridge. Receiving his pardon, Herbert married and is buried in the cemetery at Ross.

The town of Ross has a very English feeling, with its sandstone architecture you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in the Cotswalds. Established as a garrison in 1821, it was not proclaimed as a town until 1847. Today Ross is regarded as being the finest intact 19th c village in Australia.

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