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Archives In Brief 38 - Records relating to the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the planning, construction and opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. It is intended for use in conjunction with Archives in Brief 37.

Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator. Researchers should consult the Register of Access Directions to confirm the public availability of records. State Records' staff can advise you on the availability of records if they are not listed on the register.

A select list of sources

Department of Public Works and Services

NRS 12419, Special bundles
* Sydney Harbour Bridge — Calculation and design estimates, reports, photographs and papers, 1911-33 [4/7582-88]
These include quantities included in specifications submitted for tenders and the final estimate for the cantilever bridge.

NRS 12679, Report on designs submitted in connection with the proposed bridge over Sydney Harbour to connect Sydney with North Sydney 1903
This is a report ordered by the New South Legislative Assembly. It is accompanied by a set of lithographic plans and photographs.

NRS 12680, Plans relating to bridge and tunnel communication between Sydney and North Sydney, 1909
The plans are of various proposed schemes for the tunnel link and include a subaqueous tunnel and the routes of various bridge and tunnel schemes. They probably resulted from the Royal Commission on Communication between Sydney and North Sydney.

NRS 12682, Drawings of Circular Quay Station and railway viaduct, 19 July 1929
The sketches were drawn up by R.C.G. Coulter and signed by J. J. C. Bradfield, Chief Engineer. This design was not adopted.

NRS 12683, Sydney Harbour Bridge plans and sketches, c.1920-30
These include the roll plan of the bridge and sketches by R. C. G. Coulter.

NRS 12684, Lantern slides of construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge, c.1921-32
Reel 2716, COD 122, aperture card nos. 2472-2773
These are photographs of the many stages of the building of the bridge, such as excavation of the site, building of the pylons and the arch.

NRS 12685, Sydney Harbour Bridge photographic albums, 1923-33
The albums contain photographs of the construction stages of the bridge and approaches.

Chief Secretary (Colonial Secretary)

NRS 906, Special Bundles
* Sydney Harbour Bridge — arrangements for opening ceremony [5/5242.3]

Department of Education and Training

NRS 3830, Subject files, 1875-1984
* Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrations, 1932 [20/12847 pt]
Subject files, 1875-1948, are listed in Short Guide 6.

Government Printing Office

NRS 4421, Correspondence concerning the Sydney Harbour Publications Committee, 1931

Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board

NRS 9940, Miscellaneous plans of Sydney Harbour Bridge approaches and the City Railway, 1902-39
These plans, drawn up by the Public Works Department and the New South Wales Government Railways, are of the approaches to the bridge, track layout Centre-Line location and underground railways. 

Premier's Department

NRS 12061, Special Bundles
* Sydney Harbour Bridge Opening Celebrations — Pageant and seating [12/8655]

Sydney Harbour Trust

NRS 13973, Special Bundles
* Sydney Festival — including papers relating to the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge 1932-33 [6/5234.3]

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