150th Anniversary of the Red BridgePrint Page
A plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Red Bridge in 1838.
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, as well as the oldest bridge anywhere on the National Highway.
It is said to have been designed by James Blackburn, architect to Melbourne and a convict himself. It was constructed of 1,250,000 handmade bricks on dry land, and after its completion the river was diverted to flow under the bridge.
The Red Bridge is registered on the Register of the National Estate since 1978.
|Address:||Midland Highway, Campbell Town, 7210|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -41.932791|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1988|
The Red Bridge
Foundation stone laid by Lieut. Gov. Arthur, 21 Oct. 1836
Constructed by convicts 1837 - 1838
Supervised by Captain Frederick North under the direction of the Director General of Public Works, Captain Alexander Cheyne.
Opened by Lieut. Gov. Sir John Franklin, July 1838
Specifications - Length 38 yards
Width between parapets 28 feet.
This plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of the opening of the bridge, unveiled Tasmania Day 1988.
Proclaimed as a place of State heritage significance in the Tasmanian Heritage Register 22 September 1999