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Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Sydney Harbour Bridge - 75 years old

The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also affectionately known as the ‘Coathanger’, was opened on March 19th 1932 by Premier Jack Lang, However before he could use the official scissors to cut the ribbon, the Commanding Office of the Right Wing militia group, The New Guard, Captain Francis DeGroot charged up to the ribbon on horseback and slashed it with his sword, delcaring the bridge open in the name of His Majesty The King. Captain DeGroot was arrested and fined AU£10 (AU$20.00) for the misdemeanour which was about four weeks wages at the time. The Sydney Harbour Bridge has the largest steel arch in the world and is the widest of any bridge in the world. There have been many copies made around the world, in Europe and the United States, but none command the respect and awe of the original and none will last for as many generations to come. Made almost exclusively of the best British steel. The Sydney Harbour Bridge hasn’t a single weld in its arch. but it contains 6 million hand driven rivets. When it opened it cost a car six pence to cross. A horse and rider was 3 pence. These days a return trip costs two dollars twenty. Horses and riders are banned, that’s the changing times. You can walk across free and you are allowed to bicycle in a special lane.Its total length including approach spans is 1149 metres and its arch span is 503 metres. The top of the arch is 134 metres above sea level and the clearance for shipping under the deck is a spacious 49 metres. The total steelwork weighs 52,800 tonnes, including 39,000 tonnes in the arch. The 49 metre wide deck makes Sydney Harbour Bridge the widest Longspan Bridge in the world. Now on New Year there is a big Firework on the bridge that celebrates the start of a New Year, the Fire Works seem to get bigger and bigger every year and they take a year to plan.

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