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Richmond Bridge
Richmond Bridge Panorama Restitch.jpg
Carries Motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles
Crosses Coal River
Locale Richmond, Tasmania
Total length 41m (135ft)
Width 7.2m (25ft)
Longest span Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources
Opened 1825

The Richmond Bridge is a historic bridge in Richmond, 25 km (16 mi) north of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. It is the oldest bridge still in use in Australia.


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.

The plaque on Richmond Bridge
Richmond Bridge Year Stone
The stone set in the bridge showing construction started in 1823.
Richmond Bridge Tasmania date stone
Another historic marker set into the bridge

In 2005, the bridge was recognised as an outstanding historic place and added to the Australian National Heritage List.

Murder of George Grover

In 1832 a guard from the Richmond Gaol was murdered at Richmond bridge. George Grover's work including flogging (whipping) the prisoners. He was hated by the convicts. He died after being pushed off the edge of Richmond Bridge. No one was convicted of his murder.


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.

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