Red Bridge Engineering Recognised
Photo: Alastair Bett
Campbell Town’s historic Red (brick) Bridge was recognised
as an iconic piece of engineering heritage in a ceremony officiated by the
Governor, Her Excellency Prof The Hon Kate Warner.
The Red Bridge was completed on the southern approach to
Campbell Town in 1838 and has been in continuous use as a vital part of
Tasmania’s Midlands Highway ever since.
The bridge spans the Elizabeth River and is one of the
oldest surviving bridges in Australia, Australia’s oldest brick bridge and an
important part of the National Highway network.
The bridge was built using convict workforce. Clay extracted on the south-eastern side of the new bridge site was formed into the 1.5 million bricks used and fired in wood kilns.
When next passing through Campbell Town, take a
break and to appreciate this stunning bridge and the
convict legacy still being used after all these years.