Holidays Away : Easter Edition 2007
2 HOLIDAYS AWAY including SYDNEYSIDER Easter Edition 2007 www.holidaysaway.net To help celebrate Sydney Harbour Bridge's 75th anniversary the Bridging Sydney exhibition and accompanying book bring together more than 600 objects, artworks and interactive audio visual components featuring 2,500 photographs, along with rare and previously unseen alternative bridge and tunnel proposals. The bridge took 8 years to construct and contains 6,000,000 rivets. One coat of paint is 30,000 litres and it took 164,000 litres of paint to give the Bridge it's three original coats 96 railway engines were parked on the bridge in 1932 to test its load carrying capacity. Affectionately known as the 'Coathanger', the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built by Dorman Long Co. of England Lawrence Ennis of Dorman Long Co was the first person to step across the gap of 3 feet from north to south at 10.15am on August 7, 1930. The arches were finally joined on 19 August 1930 and the bridge was officially opened on March 19, 1932. As NSW Premier Jack Lang was about to perform the cut the ribbon ceremony he was beaten to the ribbon by a mounted, sword wielding Francis De Groot, a member of the New Guard. A section of this ribbon is featured in the exhibition. The bridge was the city's tallest structure until 1967. According to Guinness World Records, it is the widest long-span bridge in the world and is also the largest steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134m above the harbour. The road across the bridge is known as the Bradfield Highway, after the Chief engineer JJC Bradfield. The arch span is 503m (1,559 feet) and the weight of the steel arch is 39,000 tons. The arch's summit is 134m (415.4 feet) above mean sea level, though it can increase by as much as 180mm (7in) on hot days as the result of steel expanding in heat. Two large metal hinges at the base of the bridge accommodate these expansions and contractions and thereby prevent the arch from being damaged. The two pairs of pylons at each end are about 89m (276 feet) high and are made of concrete and granite. Abutments, which support the ends of the bridge, are contained at the base of the pylons. They prevent the bridge from stretching or compressing due to temperature variations. The pylons serve no structural purpose and are primarily to visually balance the bridge itself. They were originally not part of the design but were added later to allay concerns about structural integrity. The steel used for the bridge was largely imported. About 79% came from Middlesbrough in the North East of England, the rest was Australian-made. The granite used was quarried in Moruya, New South Wales, and the concrete used was also Australian made. The total weight of the bridge is 52,800 tonnes, and six million hand- driven rivets hold the bridge together. The rivets were made at the Park Bridge Ironworks in Lancashire England. Here are some facts on the size of the bridge: Length of arch span - 503 metres Length of arch spans and approaches - 1,149 metres Width of deck - 49 metres Height from deck to water - 59 metres Total weight of arch - 39,000 tonnes Total weight of steelwork - 52,800 tonnes Sydney will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a gala day of celebrations on Sunday March 18, 2007*. The highlight of the celebrations will be the largest and longest ever public Bridge walk since it opened in 1932, and he officially launched a website inviting everyone in NSW to take part. It will be an opportunity to say 'Happy Birthday' to our iconic bridge, pay tribute to the father of the Bridge, engineer John Bradfield and remember those who lost their lives in the eight years it took to build the Bridge. The 'Our Bridge' walk will run from 10.00am - 7.30pm from North Sydney. The official Bridge Walk registration website is - www.ourbridge.com.au To be part of the Bridge's 75th birthday celebrations and walk across the iconic span, the website offers registration and a choice of half-hour start times. You are encouraged to catch public transport to North Sydney. Registered walkers will walk from North to South across the Bridge and then enjoy entertainment in The Rocks and Darling Harbour. The 'Our Bridge' walk will begin with an Official Ceremony, and an Aboriginal Ceremony will be held at sunset. In addition to the public walk, organisers are planning a day of activities and entertainment in Darling Harbour and The Rocks * The actual 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is Monday March 19, 2007. The celebrations are being held on March 18 to allow more families to participate. ABOUT THE WALK • The Our Bridge Walk starts at North Sydney and goes in one direction only -- from North to South. There will be no access to the Bridge by foot or car from the city. • Our Bridge Walk is approximately 3.6km long and the exit points are Darling Harbour and The Rocks. • You are encouraged to meet friends prior to arriving in North Sydney. • It is recommended that children under 14 years of age be accompanied by an adult. • The best way for the public to get to North Sydney is by Public Transport. Walkers should call 131 500 or visit www.131500.info for all public transport information. bridging sydney www.holidaysaway.net walk 'our bridge' to celebrate 75 years Book & Exhibition at Museum of Sydney 16 December 2006 -- 29 April 2007 Above: The Harbour Bridge on opening day, March 19, 1932.
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