Sydney Harbour Bridge

SHB Removing back end of creeper crane NRS-12685-1-4-8730

On the 19th of March 1932 the Sydney Harbour Bridge was officially opened. We have created a video montage from the photo albums in our collection showing the construction.

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A brief history of the Sydney Harbour Bridge plus a select list of records relating to the design, construction and official opening ceremnony. Also included is a list of records relating to the construction workers employed by the NSW Government.

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One of the more unusual archives in our collection is this red ribbon rosette . It was worn by train driver, Albert Arnold, who drove the first train over the Sydney Harbour Bridge after opening on 19 March 1932.

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This series contains 14 albums of c.2000 photographs documenting the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the turning of the first sod to the final steps of construction, the official opening and the early use of the bridge by the public. 

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"Proposed Cantilever Arch Bridge Across Sydney Harbour (Alternative B2)"

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Sydney Harbour Bridge - view of two halves from, 29 Jul 1930. Digital ID 2685_a007_a00704_8729000194r

On 19 August 1930 at 10pm the two halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge were joined.

The two half arches were fabricated from steel in workshops before being loaded onto barges and towed into position. The arches were then lifted up by two 580 tonne electrically operated...