Richmond Bridge Exhibition


When: Friday 8 December to Monday 11 December, 11am-4pm
Where: Richmond Supper Room, 52 Bridge Street
Entry: Free

Built in 1823, the internationally significant Richmond Bridge is the oldest large stone arch bridge still in use in Australia and the district’s only nationally listed structure.

For residents and visitors alike, the bridge provides a backdrop for family recreation, riverside picnics, the ubiquitous social media post, and a cultural landmark of modern Southern Tasmanian life.

Historically, the river crossing point recalls the seasonal travel, farming and ceremonies of the Oyster Bay and Big River nations, and the rapid British development of the town and surrounding agriculture.

Comprising artworks and keepsakes collected by residents, the exhibition demonstrates the significance of the bridge to generations of local families.

Richmond Bridge has also inspired countless visiting artists and designers who have captured its beauty and charm in various mediums and continue to do so today.

Including original artworks, photographs, prints, memorabilia, and keepsakes, this community show illustrates the many ways that Richmond Bridge is perceived and valued.

Curated by: Noel Frankham, Penny Wadsley, Michael Wadsley, and Danayarat Boonyatee

Richmond Bridge and Laurel Cottage (detail), Painting, Attributed to Mary Blanche Murphy (1864-1944) Private Collection, Richmond