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The Coat Hanger

                             The Coat Hanger

Let's travel back in time to 1928, the place is Sydney (Australia)
The local government wanted to create a harbour crossing from 
the North to South of Sydney, architects were brought in to 
draw up plans for it's conception, there were suspension bridges
like the Brooklyn Bridge and the  Golden Gate, but were turned 
down however, they decided to make a single span arch bridge
similar to the railway bridge in Pennsylvania USA, they started
the build in 1928 and over a period of four years the Sydney 
Harbour bridge became a reality, made of steel and the blood 
and sweat of men some who died during it's construction. This
bridge was unique in design, It had a large single arch, capable
 of rail, tram and motor vehicles, with two walkways either side
of the bridge deck, it had four magnificent sand stone pylons.
 In 1932 the bridge was opened twice, firstly by a soldier on 
horseback named DeGroot who slashed the ceremonial ribbon
with his sword, he opened the bridge in honour of the people
of NSW, however the ribbon was replaced and opened officially
by the State Labor Governor Jack Lang who cut the ribbon with 
ceremonial ornamental scissors, then they removed the 
locomotives which had been used to test the bridge for strength,
shortly thereafter the bridge was opened for use by commuters.
Before that happened the gathering crowds were permitted to
walk the entire length of the bridge, when this had been completed 
the first train and motor vehicles travelled across the bridge. Sydney 
had a brand new bridge, 'The Bridge of Dreams' or as it became
famous for years later 'The Coat Hanger', this bridge had been built
during Sydney's depression years, it still remains today an icon to all.

Written: 4th August 2013

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