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“Interesting story about Bloody Bridge”
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Bloody Bridge
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Reviewed 20 March 2015

Going across the bridge is interesting when you hear the story. The fact that it overlooks the cemetery is a bit chilling and there is also a view of the water from there. The story is that it was built by convicts under the supervision of Major Anderson - a Scotsman, called "Potato Joe" - called that because he replaced bread for potatoes in the convicts meals. The overseer would belittle the prisoners and if one made a mistake all would suffer. One convict snapped one day when he saw a prisoner flogged whilst they were working on the bridge and drove his pick through the overseers brain. The overseer was walled up in the bridge with mortar. When the new overseer came and asked where the other guy was, the convicts said that he must have drowned when they all went swimming. Unfortunately some blood had oozed out of the mortar and the game was up. I would recommend that you get out and go and see the bridge.

3  Thank Linda D
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Reviewed 28 February 2015

To drive across this bridge still is amazing after all these years.
You learn so much from the Museum Guides and literature available.

1  Thank Joyzabell
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Reviewed 18 January 2015 via mobile

What is evident after listening to 4 different stories from 4 locals is that no one knows the story behind the name.
Three had some historical basis while the one that tells of a man being murdered and buried in the bridge that resulted in blood seeping out through the mortar is pure foke history has no historical basis. It's of no surprise that pinetrees tours is the company telling the story with the blood as the only basis for the name. This is yet more evidence that this company peddles the sensational as its good for business. Perhaps pinetrees is a company to avoid if you want good historical information. Try arthur evans tours that you can book through the local tourist information centre.

2  Thank molecular_4u
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Reviewed 17 January 2015

Though Bloody Bridge has a twisted tale, it is breathtaking to walk just beyond it on an early morning walk. Terns (I think ) swarm this place and swoop through the pine trees as the ocean mist rolls in. Very special place, despite it's horrid history.

Thank Samantha K
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Reviewed 6 January 2015

This is interesting and the story behind it makes it more so. The bridge itself is quite ordinary and like other stone bridges we have seen but in conjunction with the other stories of convict times is a must see.

Thank Charliegirl51
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