Constructing Australia: The Bridge

Today, it’s impossible to imagine Sydney without it, but the Sydney Harbour Bridge we know and love was almost not built.

Completed during the dark days of the Great Depression and opened in March 1932, the Bridge was the greatest engineering challenge of its day anywhere on earth.

But it would not have been built without fateful partnership between two very different men — a brilliant engineer, Dr JJC Bradfield and a maverick politician, Jack Lang — who managed to stir up more than one hornets’ nest, both at home and in Britain.

The tale of its construction is a story of intense human drama, rich with personal conflict and political intrigue.


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