Rossbridge is a town in the north west region of Victoria, Australia. It is approximately 229 kilometres (142 mi) west of the state's capital, Melbourne. Rossbridge has a population of 32, as of the 2016 Census.[1]

Established on the Ararat to coast road in the 1860s, the town gained its name from Ross's Bridge at the crossing of the Hopkins River. the bridge gained its name from named in turn after John Ross, selector of the Mount William Plains pastoral run.[2] By the 1870s a church, school and a number of residences were established. Ross Bridge Post Office opened on 21 November 1873 and closed in on 2 March 1962.[3] As an early grazing district, the town had its share of tragedy, with four children dying in a house fire on 9 February 1863.[4]

Notable people

  • Australian politician John McDougall attended Rossbridge Common School, later becoming a staunch anticapitalist and anti war campaigner.[5]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Rossbridge(State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Lorna L Banfield and John McKenzie, Shire of Ararat 1864-1994. The Centenary Years 1864-1964.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 15 June 2015
  4. ^ Tragedy at Ross Bridge – Irish Famine Orphans, Public Records Office Victoria
  5. ^ *King, Terry (1986). "McDougall, John Keith (1867 - 1957)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 16 March 2008 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.