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Sydney Harbour Bridge photographs

On 19 March 1932 the Sydney Harbour Bridge was officially opened. The series of photos in our collection document its construction, the official opening and, early use of the bridge.

We have created a video montage showing its construction. The photos are from our collection - series NRS 12685 - and the whole set, 1923-1933, is available on Photo Investigator.

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Montage image of photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

A selection of photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is available on Photo Investigator.

About the images

South Approach Roadway, looking North.NRS 12685 - Digital ID 12685_a007_a00704_8724000150r.JPGThe purpose of this series of photos was to document the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the turning of the first sod and the initial acts of construction to the official opening and early use of the bridge.

The images are black and white photographs which were developed from glass negatives and pasted into large albums. One volume is devoted to the southern approach, two to the northern approach and 11 to the main Bridge.

There are many photos of equipment both idle and in use. Examples of these include cranes of various sizes; plate mangle; hydraulic riveter; angle cropper; drilling machines; creeper crane; power pumps; hydraulic jacks and the painting gantry.

NRS 12685 - Digital ID 12685_a007_a00704_8729000044r.JPGImages of school children crossing the bridge days before its opening, and of the first trams, trains and private vehicles to use the bridge are included in this series. The official opening celebrations and ceremony included water and aerial pageants, a procession, delivery of the good will message, search light and fireworks display. The spectators are shown as is the public crossing the bridge which followed the ceremony.

The albums consist of over 2000 images and cover the years 1923-33 and are being progressively added to Photo Investigator as each album is scanned.

Sydney Harbour Bridge photos on YouTube

Over the Bridge narrated by Alan Ventress.
Duration: 9 min 31 sec

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