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Ross Bridge, Bridge St, Ross, TAS, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (21/03/1978)
Place ID 13164
Place File No 6/03/084/0009
Statement of Significance
Probably the finest masonry bridge of its period in Australia, the Ross Bridge was built in the period 1830-36 on the orders of Governor Arthur to a design by remarkable architect John Lee Archer. The unique features of the bridge are the fine carvings in high relief of animal forms, human heads and celtic icons by convict stone mason, Daniel Herbert. The bridge is the essential element of the historic town of Ross.

(The Commission is in the process of developing and/or upgrading official statements for places listed prior to 1991. The above data was mainly provided by the nominator and has not yet been revised by the Commission.)
Official Values Not Available
Description
Colonial stone bridge. Three segmental arches spring from the splayed tops of supporting piers which project on both sides of the bridge and are shaped as cutwaters with weathered and moulded copings. Piers project through walls and parapet. Moulded string course and plain coursing mitred round piers. Fine carvings on all six faces of the arches, voussoirs and keystones. Stone bollards and chains to approaches.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
Major restoration just completed.
Location
Bridge Street, over the Macquarie River, Ross.
Bibliography Not Available

Report Produced  Thu Oct 2 04:22:53 2014