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02 March 2004
3/2004
Commemorative Issue

Landmark Bridges

Australia
The featured bridges in this commemorative stamp issue span Australia

Ross Bridge, Tasmania  

Ross Bridge, Tasmania

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Spanning the Macquarie River, the elegant Ross Bridge was completed in 1836 and is regarded as the finest masonry bridge of its period. It is renowned for its decorative carved stonework depicting Celtic symbols and images of contemporary figures.

Government engineer John Lee Archer was commissioned to build the bridge, and although Archer designed it, credit for its construction belongs to two convict stonemasons, James Colbeck and Daniel Herbert, who were emancipated on completion of the bridge.

The sandstone bridge has three equal arches and is flanked at each corner by curved flights of stone steps sweeping down to the river banks. However the bridge

Lockyer Creek Bridge, Queensland  

Lockyer Creek Bridge, Queensland

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Located between Helidon and Murphy

Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales  

Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales

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Australia

Birkenhead Bridge, South Australia  

Birkenhead Bridge, South Australia

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Built in 1940 Birkenhead Bridge services both road and shipping traffic for South Australia

Bolte Bridge, Victoria  

Bolte Bridge, Victoria

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With its four spans the six-lane Bolte Bridge is one of the largest balanced cantilever cast-in-situ box girder bridges in Australia. Bolte Bridge crosses the Yarra River west of the city of Melbourne.

The bridge is a vital part of City Link, a city bypass designed to minimise traffi c crossing the city centre and relieve traffic congestion on arterial and local roads.

Five land-based piers support the bridge. The central pier is set on a man-made island in the middle of the river.

Although they serve no structural purpose the elegant twin towers at the centre of the bridge are its distinguishing feature. Made of reinforced concrete, the slender towers create a dramatic visual focal point and a powerful new landmark for Melbourne.

Technical Information

Issue date....................... 2 March 2004
Denominations................ Five x 50c
Designer ........................ Gary Domoney, Octavo Design
Stamp size...................... 37.5 x 26 mm
Printer (all) ..................... SNP Sprint
Paper (gummed) ............. Tullis Russell
Perforations.................... 13.86 x 14.40
Paper (rolls) ................... B90
Paper (booklets) .............. B100
Prestige booklet size........ 156 x 104 mm
Sheet layout.................... Modules of 50 in two panes of 25
Special feature................ Decorative gutter
National postmark ........... Bridgewater TAS 7030
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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