Sydney Harbour BridgeBridge
Steel through arch bridge from Sydney business district to the North Shore, constructed between 1923 and 1932.
Sydney Harbour Bridgeby Jim Poe, 2014
supported by City of Sydney - Cultural Ribbon Foreshore Histories Project
The Sydney Harbour Bridge did more than merely unite the two sides of the harbour; it inspired a city and a nation, long before it was even completed. Images of the bridge by Grace Cossington Smith, Henri Mallard and Harold Cazneaux are among the most iconic. While CJ Denis gives us a sentimental view of Sydney's colonial history, Peter Carey's observations of the city and its history focus on a much darker side of the past.
When the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 it was the epitome of modern bridge design and engineering ingenuity. The iconic design was the creation of Dr JCC Bradfield, of the New South Wales Department of Public Works, Ralph Freeman, consulting engineer for the builders, Dorman, Long and Co, and thousands of workers who toiled on it through the Great Depression.