ffectionately known as the 'Coathanger', the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built by Dorman Long Co. of England, as was the Victoria Falls Bridge in Zimbabwe.
96 railway engines were parked on the bridge in 1932 to test its load carrying capacity.
It took 164,000 litres of paint to give the Bridge it's three original coats. At one time actor and comedian Paul Hogan was a rigger on the bridge before finding fame and fortune.
The bridge was finally opened on 19th March, 1932. As NSW Premier Jack Lang was about to perform the cut the ribbon ceremony he was beaten to the tape, so to speak, by a mounted, sword wielding Francis De Groot, a member of the New Guard.
Here are some facts on the size of the bridge:
- Length of arch span - 503 metres
- Length of arch spans and approaches - 1,149 metres
- Width of deck - 49 metres
- Crown of arch to sea level - 134 metres
- Height from deck to water - 59 metres
- Total weight of arch - 39,000 tonnes
- Total weight of steelwork - 52,800 tonnes
- The bridge took 8 years to construct and contains 6,000,000 rivets - rivetting information
- One coat of paint is 30,000 litres
It is now possible to climb the Bridge legally - just ring BridgeClimb Sydney on 02 9252 0077 for details.