19 Jan 1932 - first train across Sydney Harbour Bridge

On 19 January 1932 the first train crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

An old goods train engine which has been in service all over New South Wales... made history today when it hauled the first train both ways across the Sydney Harbour Bridge The train comprised two vans, and carried a few privileged persons. The journey was made to test certain railway expansion points.

Source: The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879 – 1954). Sydney Harbour Bridge, 20 January 1932

Research guide

Government Printing Office d1_03860 - Circular Quay Showing Strathnaver, and Sydney Harbour Bridge [From NSW Government Printer series: City Views], 1931

Sydney Harbour Bridge guide

A brief history of the Sydney Harbour Bridge plus a select list of records relating to the design, construction and official opening ceremony. Also included is a list of records relating to the construction workers employed by the NSW Government


Published on 
A crowd watches a man speak from a podium that is decorated with the union jack to
On This Day

13 May 1932 - Premier Jack Lang dismissed

On this day 13 May 1932 the NSW Premier, Jack Lang, was dismissed from office by NSW Governor Sir Philip Game

Image of a partly constructed bridge with workers standing on steel girders high above the harbour.

Bridging Sydney

The story of Sydney's Harbour Bridge unfolds like an epic tale. The proposals, planning materials, maps, photographs, artworks and contemporary written sources offer a wealth of information and fascinating insights into the history of Sydney

Man digging a hole in front of a crowd of onlookers
On This Day

Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge

On 28 July 1923 construction began on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Colour illustration of man.

John Bradfield

John Bradfield is known as the father of modern Sydney, largely because of the role he played in overseeing the design and construction of an Australian icon, the Sydney Harbour Bridge