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Medal - Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1932 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35721

Australia New South Wales Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge c. 1932 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: This medal was issued to commemorate the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 19 March 1932. The idea of a bridge linking the northern and southern shores of Sydney Harbour had been suggested as early as 1815, but it was not until 1924 that the contract for the construction of the Bridge was let. The Bridge was designed and realised by J.J.C. Bradfield, a senior engineer who worked for the Department of Public Works. The Bridge became an icon of hope - and a major employer - during the Depression, and opening celebrations were lavish. Between 300,000 and 1,000,000 people participated in the festivities, including decorated floats, marching groups and bands, a gun-salute, a procession of passenger ships under the Bridge and a Venetian Canival. After the pageant members of the public were allowed to walk across the deck. At least eight medals were issued to commemorate its opening.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Height), 52 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: bridges, great depression 1929-1939
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: public events
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: circa 1932 AD
Obverse Description: View of Sydney Harbour Bridge with small ship steaming beneath and three ferries around.
Reverse Description: View of Sydney Harbour Bridge with small ship steaming beneath and three ferries around. As obverse but incuse.
Edge Description: Plain.
Inscriptions: (edge)
Shape: Rectangle
Material: Brass
Issued By: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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