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20 Facts About The Sydney Harbour Bridge

1. The bridge was first opened in 1932.

The bridge was first opened in 1932.
State Library / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

2. It contains 6 million hand driven rivets.

It contains 6 million hand driven rivets.
Flickr: statelibraryofnsw / Creative Commons

3. When it opened it cost a car six pence to cross.

When it opened it cost a car six pence to cross.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

4. A horse and rider cost 3 pence.

A horse and rider cost 3 pence.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

5. It now costs $3.30 and you can’t take horses onto it.

It now costs $3.30 and you can't take horses onto it.
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6. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest steel arch bridge.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest steel arch bridge.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

7. It is 1149 meters long.

It is 1149 meters long.
Flickr: statelibraryofnsw / Creative Commons

8. In 1932, 96 steam locomotives were positioned in various ways to test the load capacity of the Bridge.

In 1932, 96 steam locomotives were positioned in various ways to test the load capacity of the Bridge.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

9. All the steel used to build the Harbour Bridge weighs 52,800 tonnes.

All the steel used to build the Harbour Bridge weighs 52,800 tonnes.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

10. The steel was 79% imported from England and 21% from Australian sources.

The steel was 79% imported from England and 21% from Australian sources.

11. The four pylons on either side are completely decorative.

The four pylons on either side are completely decorative.
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12. 272,000 litres of paint were required to give the Bridge its initial three coats.

272,000 litres of paint were required to give the Bridge its initial three coats.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

13. Paul Hogan was a rigger on the bridge before he became famous.

Paul Hogan was a rigger on the bridge before he became famous.

14. It took 1,400 men eight years to build the bridge.

It took 1,400 men eight years to build the bridge.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

15. 16 people died in the construction of the bridge.

16 people died in the construction of the bridge.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

16. The bridge is 134 metres above sea level.

The bridge is 134 metres above sea level.
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17. 800 families living in the planned path of the Harbour Bridge were displaced without compensation.

800 families living in the planned path of the Harbour Bridge were displaced without compensation.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

18. The top of the arch rises and falls about 180mm due to changes in temperature.

The top of the arch rises and falls about 180mm due to changes in temperature.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au

19. The Harbour Bridge’s original cost was $4.2 million.

The Harbour Bridge's original cost was $4.2 million.
zetter/zetter

20. It took 55 years to pay off.

It took 55 years to pay off.
State Library NSW / Via acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au
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