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87/1353-109 Photographic print, cranes and workmen on the central roadway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, silver / gelatin / paper, photograph by the New South Wales Department of Public Works, Sydney, Australia, January, 1932. Click to enlarge.

Cranes and workmen on the central roadway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

    This print is one of an important series of photographs commissioned by the Department of Public Works. As a group they document the construction of the Sydney City Underground Railway and the Sydney Harbour Bridge between 1922 and 1932.

    Building a bridge to link the city of Sydney with the North Shore was first suggested by Francis Greenway in 1825, however it would be nearly 100 years before the first competitive designs and tenders were accepted. On 18 July 1913 a New South Wales Committee approved the design of a bridge from Dawes Point to Milson's Point and in 1921 tenders were finally called.

    Chief Engineer John Bradfield oversaw this massive project through to its opening in 1932. The Powerhouse Museum's collection of 191 photographic prints provides a good overview of the significant phases of this massive infrastructure project.

    Geoff Barker, Curatorial, October, 2012

    References:
    J. Bradfield, 'Speeches', 1932
    F.H. Greenway, 'Letter', The Australian, 28 April 1825

    Summary

    Object No.

    87/1353-109

    Object Statement

    Photographic print, cranes and workmen on the central roadway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, silver / gelatin / paper, photograph by the New South Wales Department of Public Works, Sydney, Australia, January, 1932

    Physical Description

    Landscape format photographic image depicting a stage in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In this image we can see three cranes working from the central roadway of the Harbour Bridge. Also depicted are men laying the rsailway tracks and the two pylons with the beginning of the arched ironwork.

    Marks

    7.1.32

    Dimensions

    Height

    67 mm

    Width

    215 mm

    Production

    Notes

    This photographic print is thought to have been made under the supervision of A. J. Kent, New South Wales Government Printer, between 1923 and 1943. It is one of 191 taken from the original negatives produced as a part of the Public Works Department program to document the various stages of the construction of the City Railway and Sydney Harbour Bridge. All the original images were taken between 1922 and 1932. While individual photographs were taken by different photographers, they all worked under the supervision of Robert Bowden, at the Public Works Department.

    References:
    'Mr. A. J. Kent Appointed', The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 March, 1923
    'Death of Mr. A. J. Kent', 14, August, 1943
    Prints and Printmaking: Australia | Asia | Pacific (website)
    http://www.printsandprintmaking.gov.au/catalogues/bibliography/629606/author-not-identified-death-of-exgovernment-printe.aspx

    Cite this Object

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    Cranes and workmen on the central roadway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 January 2021, <https://ma.as/389352>

    Wikipedia

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