20 – Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge: After a surprisingly long gestation, it’s path to construction threads through the history, of growth & colonial settlement in Sydney, including the political machinations at state, federal and even international levels.   

And that’s before we even consider the working of more than 6 million rivets into the impressive steel structure, now recognisable as a beautiful work of engineering, which Crocodile Dundee spent his early life painting!

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De Groot cutting the ribbon
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Fireworks explode on New Year’s Eve on Sydney Harbour on January 1, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne\City of Sydney/Getty Images)

Ep 20 – Sydney Harbour Bridge REFERENCES

Song: The Bridge we’ve been waiting for, by Jack Lumsdaine:  https://youtu.be/glIEEIijDJQ

Lalor, P. (2005). The Bridge: the epic story of an Australian icon – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Spearritt, P. (2011). The Sydney Harbour Bridge: a life. Sydney NSW: University of New South Wales Press.


The History Listen: Lennie the legend https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-history-listen/lennie-the-legend/10594270

Clark, M. (1987). History of Australia VI: The old dead tree and the young green tree. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.


Department of Environment and Energy [NSW]. ([2019]). National Heritage Places – The Sydney Harbour Bridge.   http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/national/sydney-harbour-bridge

Raxworthy, R. (2000). Sydney Harbour bridge builders: some untold stories. Oral History Association of Australia Journal, 22, 67-71.

Lefurgy, G. (2015). ‘Things Australians strive for’: Jack Lang’s landmark speech at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 101(Part 1), 61-78.

Office of Environment & Heritage: NSW. Sydney basin: regional history.   https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/bioregions/SydneyBasin-RegionalHistory.htm

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