David Lennox

Born in 1788, David Lennox was one of the pioneer bridge builders of Australia.

Burdened by high unemployment in Scotland and the loss of his wife, the 44-year old Lennox lodged his beloved daughters with their aunt and left behind his home for a new way of life across the seas in a new land.

Armed with 20 years of experience as a master stonemason he had already occupied responsible positions in Britain working on many bridges, including the 150-feet (46m) span stone-arch bridge over the Severn River at Gloucester.

Lennox came from Scotland aboard the Florentia in 1832 and once in Sydney had to start at the bottom as a stone cutter.

Luckily the new colony had no experienced stonemasons so Lennox was quickly ‘discovered’ by the Surveyor-General Thomas Mitchell one day when coping stone of a hospital wall on Macquarie Street. Mitchell recommended Lennox to then Governor Richard Bourke who made him the provisional Sub-Inspector of Bridges.

Eventually David Lennox became the colony’s esteemed Superintendent of Bridges.

Australia's first master builder