Richmond Bridge (Tasmania)
|Carries||Motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles|
|Total length||41m (135ft)|
|Longest span||Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources|
History[change | change source]
The foundation stone for the Richmond Bridge was laid on 11 December 1823 and the bridge was built by convicts. It was completed in 1825. The bridge was originally named Bigge's Bridge after Royal Commissioner, John Thomas Bigge, who recognised the need for the bridge in 1820.
In 2005, the bridge was recognised as an outstanding historic place and added to the Australian National Heritage List.
Murder of George Grover[change | change source]
In 1832 a guard from the Richmond Gaol was murdered at Richmond bridge. George Grover work including flogging (whipping) the prisoners. He was hated by the convicts. He died after being pushed off the edge of Richmond Bridge while drunk. No one was convicted of his murder.
Construction[change | change source]
The Richmond Bridge is made from sandstone dug at Butchers Hill, and carried by convicts using hand carts. It has four main arches, with spans of 4.3 m (14 ft), 8.1 m (27 ft), 8.3 m (27 ft), 8.5 m (28 ft), 8.3 m (27 ft) and 4.1 m (13 ft). These arches rise from sloping fins with angular leading edges pointed to the flow of the river.
References[change | change source]
- Bellamy, D. "History of Richmond" (PDF). City of Clarence.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Richmond Bridge.|
- Discover Tasmania Website, Accessed May 2006.
- Tasmanian Communities Online, Accessed May 2006.
- Australian National Heritage listing for Richmond Bridge, last accessed 9 July 2008.
- Historic Richmond Bridge a National Heritage jewel, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage, press release, 2005