Meadowbank Lake, a large spread of dammed water through which the Derwent River runs, is located west of New Norfolk: an expanse of water which measures at least 15 kms in length. Like many other dams and lakes on the Derwent, Meadowbank has been designed for electricity generation purposes. The Meadowbank Power Station was commissioned in 1967. In a document The Power of Nature, Hydro Tasmania provides information about Meadowbank and the other electricity-generating lakes and stations across Tasmania.
The Dunrobin Bridge carries Dawson Road; a road which extends from the Lyell Highway, crosses Meadowbank Lake then continues on the western shore until it reaches Lake Repulse Dam.
The first Dunrobin Bridge over the Derwent River was built in the early 1850s. The National Library of Australia’s Trove repository of historic documents provides information from a 1910 copy of The Mercury newspaper: ‘Dunrobin Bridge was built over the Derwent, between the Ouse and Hamilton during the regime of Governor Denison. Governor Denison’s rule in Tasmania lasted from 1847 to 1855. It is a fine stone structure, and the cost is stated in the Legislative Council Journals of 1856 to have been £13,875. Its construction seems to have occupied six years, from 1850 to 1856. Dawson’s Road, which was named after the man who superintended its construction, went from Dunrobin Bridge…’ westwards.
In 1900, according to the blog Tasmanian Gothic , the bridge looked like:
The bridge was damaged during flooding in 1952 according to Linc Tasmania.
This site shows the remains of the bridge in 1963.
Once the Meadowbank Dam was built, the gorge behind gradually filled with water. The remnants of the old Dunrobin Bridge apparently remain beneath the current Meadowbank Lake. I cannot find when the new Dunrobin Bridge was built. Anybody know the date?
The photos of Chantale, Michelle and I show the current bridge across the northern section of Meadowbank Lake.
At ground level, the Dunrobin Bridge curves across the Lake in a stunning simple arc.
As I walked in the vicinity, time and again I was almost overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape.