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