The Historic Village ~ Richmond ~ Tasmania

THE RICHMOND BRIDGE

 

Richmond Bridge, spanning the Coal River" is the oldest
surviving bridge in Australia and is still in daily use.

St. John's Church and the Mill House are also seen in this
photo above.


An old photo of the Mill House

This is almost impossible for the tourist to photograph, it is surrounded
by many trees and shrubs ... we did try, but with no luck!




 The bridge when built in 1823 enabled easier movement of goods,
military, police and convicts between Hobart and Port Arthur.
When the Sorell Causeway opened in 1872, this traffic no longer passed
through Richmond, which is why the town remains today
much as it was then
.

 This Georgian-style Village is the oldest historic town in Tasmania and
is home to a number of 'historic firsts', including the oldest Roman
Catholic Church and the oldest Bridge as well as many other buildings.
The host of sandstone buildings and cottages make Richmond a
photographer's dream.

Richmond was first explored by Lt. Bowen in 1803.
The town was named Richmond because of its establishment
on
90 acres of the Richmond Park property.

The town was officially named - by Lt Gov William Sorell - on
February 23 1824.

In the early years Richmond was an important police district.
The first part of the gaol was built in 1825, five years before
Port Arthur.

 We are still trying to capture the beauty of Richmond,
but with very little luck. *Grins*


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