Sydney Harbour Bridge Opens, 1932

The Sydney Harbour Bridge behind the iconic Sydney Opera House. Photo is by Sam Abell and for

In 1815, architect Francis Greenway proposed building a bridge that would connect the northern and southern shores of Sydney Harbour in Australia. Over a century later, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or the “Coathanger”  as locals fondly call it, finally opened.

True story: At the official opening, Premier Jack Lang was supposed to cut the ribbon. However, Captain Francis De Groot of the New Guard political party cut the ribbon with his sword first because he thought that only a member of the Royal Family should open the bridge. De Groot was detained and the ribbon was retied so that Premier Lang could officially cut the ribbon and open the bridge.

De Groot cutting the ribbon at the Sydney Harbour Bridge opening. Photo courtesy of



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