A man who was murdered and thrown over the bridge by the convicts during the building of the Richmond Bridge The man was George Grover He arrived on Earl Vincent in October 1825-two years after the start of the bridge. He spent a lot of time on the chain gangs for bad behavior. John Archer authorized the rebuilding of the of the bridge at Richmond He is said to have ridden on the heavy hand-carts full of stone, which had to be dragged along by the convicts, and whipped the prisoners like horses. In 1932, an inquest was held at Richmond into the death of Grover ‘Who met his death by having thrown over the Richmond Bridge.’Before his death, he had visited the servants of a neighboring farm in a state of intoxication. On his way home, he rested on the bridge and soon fallen asleep. From there, he was thrown over the parapet. According to a constable, ‘Almost crushed to death with the fall under the bridge on the broken rocky ground. He was alive for sometime after being thrown off the bridge, and he accused four men committing the act. Upon his death, someone wrote across his convict record in large ‘Murdered march 1832’as if to say ‘Thank goodness’He was buried in St Luke’s burial ground He was only 27 years old at the time of his death. His ghost is said to appear on the Richmond bridge at certain times
. There is also the story of a large black and white hairy dog, often called ‘Grover’s Dog ‘When a young girl passing across the bridge, a dog suddenly appeared beside her at night. It stayed beside her until she reached the end of the bridge and then the dog disappeared as quickly as it had come.
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