Scouting for photos for Sepia Saturday this week, the only one I could find in my collection was one of Sydney with Sydney Harbour Bridge featuring. This set me off on a search to find more bridge photos and more info about our famous bridge.
So this was my original photo, taken probably in the fifties or sixties - I'm not all that familiar with Sydney history, but it appears to be pre-Opera House, but not too early as there are tall buildings.
My research tells me that at the time the bridge was the widest long span bridge in the world. The tender was for costs of Au 4,217,721 pounds, 11 shillings and 10 pence. I did have a chuckle at the 11 shillings and 10 pence'
The first sod was turned on July 28th, 1923 - this was for the foundations and supporting structure.
The arch was commenced on October 26th, 1928.
The 2 halves touched on August 20th, 1930
In January 1932, the first train crossed the bride on a test run - the bridge held! In February of that year they gave the bridge a thorough test by lining up 96 locomotive engines 4 wide and 12 long. The bridge was declared safe.
An opening ceremony was planned for March 19th, 1932 and the dignitaries lined up to see premier Jack Lang cut the ribbon. But before he could do the deed a horseman brandishing a sword raced in and beat Jack Lang to it.
It was Francis de Groot, a member of the right wing "New Guard", objecting because the left wing Labour government had not asked a member of the royal family to do the honours. de Groot was quickly arrested by the constabulary
and the Premier Jack Lang did officially cut the ribbon at last.
Sydney Harbour Bridge is a world famous landmark and certainly regarded as an Australian icon, but it had an interesting history.
Liz Needle - linking with "Sepia Saturday"