Corrected Positional Graphic from Ray Norman (father knows best). Monday, Apr 25 2005 

You are looking at the *oldest wooden bridge in Australia, spanning the Blackman River to the North of Tunbridge. Ray has corrected the actual terminology of the area where we find ourselves – the lower midlands.*From J. S. Weeding’s ‘A history of Tunbridge and Woodbury’ he notes – the Blackman River, bordering the town has been claimed by historians to have received its name in 1824, after 2 stockmen had been speared to death by natives and buried, one at each end of the wooden bridge which spanned the river during the early years of settlement. This structure, 100 feet in length was erected and used when the water level prevented the heavy laden horse or bullock drawn wagons and carts from crossing the fast flowing stream via the ford, situated some few yards downstream.The Southern Midlands Council made extensive repairs to the bridge in 2007.

T. Heath Headstone in Hobart Thursday, Apr 21 2005 

. . . no relation to Barbara’s Fathers side (that we know of).

Convict Ancestors on Barbara’s Mothers Side though . . . Wednesday, Apr 20 2005 

Midway between Launceston and Hobart on the right hand side of the main drag in Campbell Town we found these two bricks side-by-side. The young couple thrown together on the journey of a life-time now commemorated together, have become part of the lansdscape.

Our Second Home in Tunbridge Tasmania. Monday, Apr 18 2005 

Here’s the front of our Tasmanian (folly) that has grown to become our second home. These shots were taken and uploaded to the server to show friends the world over just how mesmerised we were by the place. By that we mean the central location of Tunbridge in relation to Launceston & Hobart and the east coast, the way the locals have welcomed us as their own, the fresh air, its supreme freshness, the amount of actual quiet there is and the enormous skies.

I’ll post the other two shots, the next one still shows the real estate sign and the third one documents the Victorian lace that was removed by the time we took possession . . .

Ray Norman – found sign, rather weathered but real nice. Sunday, Apr 17 2005 

More forgotten cultural information for those size queens. Sunday, Apr 17 2005 

Made in the late 19thC at the Launceston Railway Yards, which in fact still survives as an exhibition feature at the Queen Victoria Art Museum. Another piece of local history that Ray Norman has retained and passed on, you won’t find anything in the park (or on the seat) that explains this fact though.

UPDATE: Thursday October 9 2008 – Ray Norman just sent this link to (NOW) the longest park bench in the world . . . created by The Droog Creative Agency in Holland

For Lyell Bary & Michael Phillips – found ply sign Saturday, Apr 2 2005 

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