Australia 2004 Landmark Bridges

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  • Issue Date: 2 March 2004
  • Designed by: Gary Domoney
  • Printed by: SNP Sprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Stamp size: 37.5mm x 26mm


The featured bridges in this commemorative stamp issue span Australia’s history and show a diversity of construction materials and styles ranging from the stone bridge of convict days to the engineering and architectural wonders of current times. The bridges are ‘landmarks’ because of their physical position and status, or their historic or engineering qualities.


Sheet Stamps

  • Perforations: 14 x 14.5
  • Paper: Phosphorised
  • Gum: PVA
  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25 with decorative gutter)

Ross Bridge, Tasmania

Spanning the Macquarie River, the elegant Ross Bridge was completed in 1836 and is regarded as the finest masonry bridge of its period. It is renowned for its decorative carved stonework depicting Celtic symbols and images of contemporary figures. Government engineer John Lee Archer was commissioned to build the bridge, and although Archer designed it, credit for its construction belongs to two convict stonemasons, James Colbeck and Daniel Herbert, who were emancipated on completion of the bridge.

The sandstone bridge has three equal arches and is flanked at each corner by curved flights of stone steps sweeping down to the river banks. However the bridge’s real distinction comes from the 186 carvings on the arches. Some of the carvings are symbolic or iconographic. Others are representational, depicting people, dogs and other animals, birds, sheaves of wheat and bales of wool, etc.

Lockyer Creek Bridge, Queensland

Located between Helidon and Murphys Creek, the Lockyer Creek Bridge was built in 1911, and is one of two similar cast-in-situ reinforced concrete arch railway bridges in this locality. The bridge has three spans, each supported on two arches. This elegant bridge was a major engineering achievement at the time, and is still one of the largest spans of its type in Australia. Lockyer Creek Bridge, which still carries main line rail traffic, has been placed on the Queensland Heritage Register. In Australia concrete arch railway bridges are unique to Queensland and South Australia.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales

Australia’s most famous bridge, and one of the largest single-arch steel bridges in the world, links Sydney’s central city with North Sydney. It carries eight lanes of road traffic and two railway tracks, a footpath and a cycle path. Since 1998 the bridge has also become an adventure destination for thousands of tourists who undertake the acclaimed BridgeClimb®.

The arch, which was built out progressively from each shore, was joined successfully on the night of 19 August 1930. Over the next 18 months the steel decking was hung from the arch and the roadway completed. The four pylons at each end of the bridge are purely decorative. They were made of concrete and faced with granite, transported to the site by three purpose-built ships.

Birkenhead Bridge, South Australia

Built in 1940 Birkenhead Bridge services both road and shipping traffic for South Australia’s major port, Port Adelaide. The twin bascule span bridge crosses the upper reaches of the Port River and links the LeFevre Peninsula with the Adelaide metropolitan area.

50c Birkenhead Bridge, Adelaide 1940

Bolte Bridge, Victoria

With its four spans, the six-lane Bolte Bridge is one of the largest balanced cantilever cast-in-situ box girder bridges in Australia. Bolte Bridge crosses the Yarra River west of the city of Melbourne. The bridge is a vital part of CityLink, a city bypass designed to minimise traffic crossing the city centre and relieve traffic congestion on arterial and local roads.

Five land-based piers support the bridge. The central pier is set on a man-made island in the middle of the river. Although they serve no structural purpose the elegant twin towers at the centre of the bridge are its distinguishing feature. Made of reinforced concrete, the slender towers create a dramatic visual focal point and a powerful new landmark for Melbourne.

Se-tenant Strip of 5

Se-tenant strip of 5 x 50c

Gutter Strip of 10

Gutter strip of 10 x 50c

Self Adhesive Stamps

  • Perforations : 11 x 11.5
  • Paper : Phosphorised frame
  • Gum : Self Adhesive
  • Formats: booklets of 10 and coils of 100

Single Stamps

50c Ross Bridge, Tasmania 1836
50c Lockyer Creek Bridge, Queensland 1911
50c Sydney Harbour Bridge 1932
50c Birkenhead Bridge, Adelaide 1940
50c Bolte Bridge, Melbourne 1999

Coil Strip of 5

Coil strip of 5 x 50c


$5 booklet cover
Booklet pane of 10 x 50c

First Day Cover

First day cover - sheet stamps
First day cover - self-adhesive stamps

Prestige Booklet

The prestige booklet includes five panes of four stamps each. The panes are interleaved with text and images of the five bridges featured in this issue. The stamp panes each feature a four stamp block of a single design, one four block pane for each stamp in the issue. The blocks of four stamps of a single design are exclusive to the booklet.

Prestige booklet front cover

Maximum Cards

50c Ross Bridge maximum card
50c Sydney Harbour Bridge maximum card
50c Lockyer Creek Bridge maximum card
50c Birkenhead Bridge maximum card
50c Bolte Bridge maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack back cover
Presentation pack