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.

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