The Sydney Harbour Bridge
A report on the history, and other interesting facts
Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Prepared for Oten
By Jodi Browne
1st December 2010
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a bridge in Sydney, Australia that spans from Dawes Point, in the city to Milsons Point, on the North Shore. The bridge, a national icon is also affectionately known as the ‘coat hanger.’ The building of the bridge was first considered in 1815 by Francis Greenway. But it was not until the 19th March 1932 that the bridge was actually opened, by Jack Lang who was the NSW Premier at the time. When the Sydney Harbour Bridge was first opened it was the longest steel span arch bridge in the world. It took eight years to complete building it and a further six months maintenance before the actual official opening.
Construction of the bridge.
1,400 men were employed in the building of the bridge and the total cost of the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was 10 million pounds sterling. It took 53,000 tonnes of steel and 6 million rivets to build the bridge. The bridge had to be painted grey because there were no other colours available in such vast quantities. It took 272,000 litres of paint to complete the first coat.
Painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1949
Things did not go smoothly for everyone in the building of the bridge. 800 families living in the bridges path were forced to relocate. Their homes were demolished, yet they received no compensation at all. The owners of the houses did, but the occupants did not. There was no such thing as OHS in those days so as you can imagine workplace safety was very poor. 16 workers died and many more experienced deafness in years to come as a result of not wearing proper ear protection while involved in the building process. There were several suicide attempts on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in its early days, because of the effects that the Depression had on many people....
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