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Sydney Harbour Bridge construction photographs

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 …


Object No.


Object Statement

Photographs (195), construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Underground Railway, photographed by the NSW Department of Public Works, Sydney, Australia, 1922-1932

Physical Description

195 black and white photographs depicting sequentially the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, from 1922 until 1932.


Each image has a date in the print in the lower right corner. Each image has a stamp verso.



67 mm


215 mm



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.

'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)



This group of photographs was owned by Mr Gordon Stuckey, who was an engineer assisting JJC Bradfield on the contruction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Stuckey, 1987

Acquisition Date

18 October 1987

Cite this Object


Sydney Harbour Bridge construction photographs 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 August 2022, <>


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