The Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, is one of the most famous landmarks in the world.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is also known as the coat hanger was officially opened in 1932 on March 19 by the premier at the time, Jack Lang. The Sydney Harbour Bridge took 6 years to construct.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge – Made from 6 million rivets

Even though the Sydney Harbour Bridge is made of a common material known as steel, an interesting fact is that it contains 6 million rivets which were driven in by hand. Being made by steel, the Sydney Harbour Bridge requires painting regularly, and has a surface area of around 60 sports fields. You will notice as you drive across the Sydney Harbour Bridge that it has huge hinges so that it can expand when it hit with the hot Sydney Sun. They are on either side of the bridge right at the footings of the bridge pylons. You can also see these huge hinges by visiting the South Eastern pylon. You will have to walk to get there and there are 200 steps to get to the top, so don’t try and do this with any elderly relatives.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge

The top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in all its glory

The Official Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The official opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was in 1932 on Saturday, 19 March. It was a very momentous occasion drawing in very large crowds to the city and around the Sydney Harbour foreshore.  it is estimated that up to 1 million people came to watch the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge which was declared open by the then current New South Wales Premier, the Hon. John T.  Lang.

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