The two halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

On 19 August 1930 at 10pm the two halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge were joined

The two half arches were fabricated from steel in workshops before being loaded onto barges and towed into position. The arches were then lifted up by two 580 tonne electrically operated creeper cranes. Steel decking was then hung from the arches over the next nine months.

The arch spans 503m and the summit is 134m above sea level.

The bridge was officially opened on 19 March 1932.

On the 19th of March 1932 the Sydney Harbour Bridge was officially opened. We have created a video montage from the photo albums in our collection showing the construction.

These images are from NRS-12685 - Sydney Harbour Bridge Photographic Albums

Browse the complete series Sydney Harbour Bridge photographic albums (NRS 12685)

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

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