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Ross Tasmania

1/ Ross is a historic town in central Tasmania. It has many fine examples of Colonial architecture for you to view. This photo shows the famous Ross Bridge.

Ross

2/ This photo shows Church Street looking towards the War Memorial. To the right of this is the Ross Bridge and to the left of this is the Man O' Ross hotel. Note the tree lined streets.

Ross

3/ The War Memorial commemorates those who served in many foreign wars. It is noteworthy for this 1890s era breach loading cannon, which served in the Boer War.

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4/ The Garrison Church once served the garrison that was stationed behind it.

Ross

5/ The Barracks where detachments of soldiers from a number of famous British regiments once lived and guarded convicts.

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6/ The St John's Anglican Church is a fine example of 19th Century architecture and was built in 1868. It has a aura of great age about it.

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7/ Ross was founded as a place to cross the Macquarie River. In 1836 this historic bridge was built.

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8/ The date proclaims in Roman numerals that the Ross Bridge was opened in 1836. Note the carvings in the arch underneath the date, which are of some significance.

ross bridge

9/ The old sign tells travellers that Hobart Town is 69 miles of 110 kilometres away from Ross.

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10/ This historic plaque on the bridge tells you about the builders.

42 South monument at Ross Tasmania

11/ The 42 parallel of latitude runs through Ross. This monument explains how old Van Diemen's Land was once administered as two colonies based on this line.

Ross

12/ This the view from the bridge across the picnic area to the Uniting Church.

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13/ The Uniting Church looking up the hill from near the Ross Bridge.

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14/ Another view of the Uniting Church showing its tasteful Gothic splendor. It was built in 1885.

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15/ Close to the church is this ancient stable and work area.

Ross

16/ The uniting church has a number of art pieces that show the skills of the old, religious calligraphers.

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17/ The stain glass windows in the Uniting Church showed a very high degree of skill.

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18/ This is the other very impressive stain glass window.

Ross

19/ The rostrum shows very highly skill woodcraft, which must have been expensive at the time.

Ross

20/ The Commandant's Cottage is all that is left of the old Female Factory. This was located on the lawns behind it. The cottage is a museum with information about the former women's prison.

Ross

21/ A model of the former Female Factory at Ross. Only the Commandants Cottage on the extreme left has survived, as all the other buildings were made out of wood.

Ross

22/ This unusual artwork commemorates the hundreds of babies that the poor women prisoners of Ross were forced to give up. The bonnets were hand made in the ancient style.

Ross

23/ This is the view down the ancient lane from the cemetery to the Female Factory, which is on the far left. Walking down it, I got a strong sense of history.

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24/ There are hundreds of ancient graves in the Ross cemetery. They go back to the early 19th Century.

Man of Ross Hotel

25/ The Man O' Ross hotel was built in 1835. It is a very good example of its type.

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26/ This old mile post tell travellers that Launceston is 55 miles or 88 kilometres away from Ross.

Ross

27/ This old church school dates from the 1850s, when all education was done by the churches.

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28/ This building is the former stables of the Scotch Thistle Inn shown below. It is now the Thistle Museum. Note how the second storey door was used to load supplies into a wagon by crane.

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29/ The Scotch Thistle Inn was built in the 1830. It shows the style of a typical mid 19th century inn.

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30/ Ross has a number of antique stores with very valuable items for sale.

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31/ A gift shop in showing a wide variety of objects for sale. Ross is a mecca for antique hunters.

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32/ Ross has even retained its mid 20th Century telephone boxes with working modern phones inside them.

Ross northern bridge

33/ As you enter Ross from the north, you cross over this ancient bridge. It looks similar in age to the main bridge.

Ross

34/ Ross was not always a tourist, friendly town. This photo shows Ross about 1970. Its historic streetscape was marred by traffic, lampposts and garish signs. When the Midland Highway was moved out of Ross, the town had to either reinvent itself or decline. When you tour Ross today, you can appreciate the town's achievement.

 

Ross

1/ Lake Tooms is an artificial lake south east of Ross. The road to Lake Tooms is C305, which starts at the Man of Ross Hotel. It is about 50 kilometres away. This gallery shows scenes take on or near the road to Lake Tooms. This photo looks back at the Uniting Church of Ross. The ancient trees give the church a lovely atmosphere.

Midlands of Tasmania

2/ This photo was not taken on the Lake Tooms Road, but it shows a scene from the nearby Midlands. This area is the driest in Tasmania and was formerly mainly used for sheep grazing. Fortunately, irrigation is now allowing many other valuable crops to be grown in this area.

The Quoin

3/ This is the Quoin. It is a rugged cliff visible from a road that diverges east from C305.

The Quoin

4/ This is a closer view of the Quoin. The cliff is about 100 metres high.

Lake Tooms

5/ This image looks south east across Lake Tooms. The most distant point is about 5 kilometres away. Lake Tooms is an artificial lake. There is both camping and a boat ramp for fishermen on the lake. Unfortunately, Lake Tooms is a dead end, so that any supplies must be purchased back at Ross.

Lake Tooms

6/ This image looks at the shore line of Lake Tooms.

Lake Tooms

7/ Lake Tooms is an artificial lake. It was constructed to provide water to generate hydro electricity. This image shows part of the ancient retaining wall.

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