Aunt Camie and Uncle Bob’s photos are the gifts that keep on giving. I found a series of photographs showing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in various stages of completion. These are not unique photos by any means. There are plenty of photos around of the Coathanger being built. After all, it took about 10 years from the sod-breaking ceremony in 1923 to De Groot’s famous ribbon-slashing upstage of the opening ceremony in 1932. And the Bridge was being built right in the middle of the city – a bit hard to miss, really.
But it gave me a chance to read up on the history of the Bridge which I really enjoyed. Don’t worry. I’m not going to drag you through all the gory details…unless you really want a blow by blow account of how the Bridge came to be…no? Ah well. Anyway, I thought you might like to see the photos and I’ll point out a couple of interesting details.
I performed numerous and rigorous triangulation calculations, poured over maps by candlelight long into the night, wiped the sweat from my furrowed brow, and concluded that the photos were taken from McMahon’s Point looking back towards the city and Circular Quay.
Do you have any favourite stories or memories of the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Perhaps you recognise one of the ships in the photos? Or maybe I’ve made a mistake – any corrections are definitely welcome!
NOTE: Title picture is the same as the last photo – with a bit of photo editing tricky fun by me.
1 DUE TO-DAY. (1928, October 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), p. 10. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16503890
2 ARRIVAL OF H.M.A.S. AUSTRALIA, THE NEW FLAGSHIP OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY. (1928, October 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), p. 18. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28051689
3 ARRIVAL OF H.M.A.S. CANBERRA AT SYDNEY. (1929, February 18). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), p. 14. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16532031
4 County-class cruiser. (2017, June 22). Retrieved July 14, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County-class_cruiser
5 SYDNEY CIVIC COMMISSION (1929, January 23). Construction and Local Government Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1913 – 1930), p. 15. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article109639353
6 CREEPER CRANE MOUNTED ON NORTH SIDE OF BRIDGE (1929, June 19). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931), p. 1. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117729866