I know I’m repeating my shots. But what the hell- this grand dame of a bridge deserves it. Opened in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge connects the Sydney CBD area to the North Shore. The arch of the bridge is formed by two 28-panel trusses, and at its tallest point, measures over 130 meters above the sea.
Construction of the bridge took place in the mid-1920’s. The bridge was so long that the arches had to be built from its ends, with the two halves meeting each others in 1930. The bridge was also paramount to the survival of many Australians, for its construction meant jobs during the Depression. This earned the bridge one of its two nicknames (that I know of) – The Iron Lung.
There shall broad streets their stately walls extend,
The circus widen, and the crescent bend;
There ray’d from cities o’er the cultur’d land,
Shall bright canals, and solid roads expand. —
There the proud arch, Colossus-like, bestride
Yon glittering streams, and bound the chasing tide;
Embellish’d villas crown the landscape scene,
Farms wave with gold, and orchards blush between. —
There shall tall spires, and dome-capt towers ascend,
And piers and quays their massy structures blend;
While with each breeze approaching vessels glide,
And northern treasures dance on every tide!’
A Letter of Hope to Sydney Cove, near Botany Bay
Erasmus Darwin (1789)