Dive into the FaceBook site of Picture Ross and discover Ross in photos, often including places around Ross that you would never normally see ~
There are little mysteries around Ross that add to the magic of the town, if you can find them.
In one tree in Church Street there is a tiny door. Does it go deep into the Earth? How many little people live in there?
So watch out at night, if Jack barks at something you can’t see. It could be the little people coming out of the tree.
Walk into Mystery with the Ross Bridge
1pm to 4pm Sunday 24 April
Meet at the Ross Bridge.
This is an Australian Heritage week event.
Read more here ~
National Heritage listing for the Ross Bridge
Anyone interested can make a comment via the entry now. As the process proceeds, there will be a formal invitation for the public to offer comments. The process can take a couple of years.
Kim and Jennifer made a supplementary application to include the Old Military Burial Ground on the hill in Ross on the National Heritage List. This ground is significant, as it includes the grave of Daniel Herbert, the convict stonemason who made the carvings on the Ross Bridge ~
On the left is the Midlands Highway ~ and on the right is the railway line that runs through Ross. ~ Both images are facing north toward Campbell Town.
The Highway or the Railway ~ a Walking and Cycle Track between Ross and Campbell Town
It’s only ten kilometres from Ross to Campbell Town, but there is no footpath or track to wend the way betwixt the two, whether on foot or by cycling. Being flat, like most of Ross, cycling would be excellent. Now there is a question to be settled.
Before cars ruled the roads, the denizens of Ross would frequently walk to Campbell Town, being a bigger town in days gone by, as now, especially to shop. If someone owned a horse, they would ride. When bicycles were invented, they were ridden along the road. Then cars arrived and the highway got very busy and no governor thought about a footpath for walking and cycling.
Now there is quite a push on to get people out and about for health and fitness, on foot and cycle, so if anyone could walk, run or cycle from Ross to Campbell Town, aught they be able to? That busy highway with giant trucks is not an inviting experience.
Do you, personally, support a walking, running and cycle track being made between Ross and Campbell Town? If yes, why not write to the Mayor and Councillors of the Northern Midlands Council, inviting them to look into the matter. The Burnie City Council and Waratah-Wynyard Council are currently seeking a track for people ~
Looking south for inspiration, we can find a walking track between Oatlands and Parattah, opened for feet and cycle in 2012, but only after a long and gruelling 17 year battle to get there. The Lake Dulverton Track follows the route of the old railway spur that once connected Oatlands with the Parattah station ~
Will it be 17 years before we see a track between Ross and Campbell Town? Hopefully sooner, which could happen, if interest is vocal and imaginative. Which brings us to a question. ~ Should our track run along the side of the road, or beside the railway line? When you write to the Mayor and Councillors, you can state your preference and I’d love to know what that preference is too ~
Anyone writing to the governors could mention how a track between Ross and Campbell Town would be a real neat asset for visitors staying in Ross or Campbell Town, to hire a bike and go for a ride. Then there is a whole other market to consider. Around 30,000 people bring their bikes to Tasmania every year to cycle around the island ~
If Ross becomes cycle-friendly to reach, visitor numbers could be increased. Succeeding with a track to Campbell Town could be a first step, followed with a trail from Ross to Tunbridge, whether along the road, or by the railway line, and then on to Oatlands, where there is a 7 kilometre track to and from Parattah. In time, the vision could shine for visitors to Tasmania to walk or cycle on a track from the ferry to Hobart or Port Arthur.
Ross has had a hill, but no lookout. ~ Now Ross is growing a lookout on the hill.
As Ross has a hill, where the reservoir is located, could there be a public lookout located there?
When this suggestion was put to the Mayor of the Northern Midlands Council, he replied ~ "Hi Kim Sounds like a great idea will follow up with residents of Ross and Council to gain support for your idea. Cheers David”
Now the Ross Lookout is becoming a reality, with Kim Peart and Jennifer Bolton now having purchased the land on the hill next to the reservoir, and being willing to allow the Ross Lookout to be located on their land, the way is open for an excellent location.
Kim and Jennifer are inviting anyone interested to inspect the location ~
1pm Sunday 1 May
meet at the top of High Street, below the reservoir
and dress warm if the day is cold and windy
The inspection of the Ross Lookout site will be followed by a walk along a proposed sculpture and art trail around the top of the hill.
Read more here ~
Anthony Trollope Visited Ross
In 1872 the British writer Anthony Trollope visited Tasmania and wrote a book of his time on the island.
I studied Trollope's novel 'Barchester Towers' in High School and Ross, with three churches in Church Street, reminded me of the novel, set in a cathedral town in England.
Wondering if Trollope found Ross and had anything to say on the Ross Bridge, I read his account of life in Tasmania. He had much to say about Port Arthur. Trollope had much to say about rabbits around Campbell Town and how they were causing strife for the farmers.
We can know that Trollope continued on his journey south and would have travelled through Ross on his way to Hobart, and his coach probably stopped to rest and water the horses, but of Ross and the Ross Bridge, no mention is made.
The Tasmanian photographer Thomas Nevin took Trollope’s photograph and the tale of this and their visit to Port Arthur can be seen here ~