Australia is a preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
SOUND RECENT. AV Bridge with Opera House in foreground (2 shots)
AV Traffic using bridge, Sydney Opera House (2 shots)
GV Newspaper photograph of 1924 showing designs for bridge (MUTE) (BLACK AND WHITE)
GV SV Bridge under construction (MUTE) (B & W) (5 shots)
GV Two bridge spans being joined together (MUTE) (B & W) (4 shots)
GV 130.Celebrations on completed bridge (B & W)
GV Boats blowing sirens in celebration (B & W) (3 shots)
TV Large crowds congregate for opening of bridge (B & W)
GV Bridge being opened (B & W)
TRAVELLING SHOTS Car over bridge, GV bridge (2 shots)
PART BLACK & WHITE
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Background: Australia is a preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge. On March 19, 1932, 750,000 people gathered to watch the opening ceremony. Designs for the bridge had first appeared in national newspaper in 1924. The ambitious construction, although an arch, was built without a single curved piece of steel. The total weight of the arch is carried on fair bearing pins, each over four metres long. These are set on concrete foundations sunk to a depth of nearly 20 metres. Six million rivets were used in the construction of the bridge, together weighing 3200 tonnes. The biggest single rivet is 395 millimetres long. The bridge is a commanding feature of the city, carrying a busy traffic flow, and offering an unrivalled view of the Sydney Opera House.