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15-January-2014 (John Huth)
15-January-2014 (John Huth)

Photographs supplied by John Huth / Peter F Williams

The plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Red Bridge in 1838.

The Red Bridge crosses the Elizabeth River and was built in 1838 using convict 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
Long: 147.492676
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:July-1838
Approx. Event End Date:July-1988


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1988
Front Inscription

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

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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