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Sunday 18 March 2007

HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY DEAR COATHANGER



Our grand old lady of the harbour turns 75 today, she took 6 years to finish,cost alot of money and a few died while working on her.Paul Hogan from Crocodile Dundee fame even worked on her for some time as a rigger before fame came a knocking. The grand opening was held on 19th March 1932 and was to be opened by the NSW Premier of the time Jack Lang. Just as Jacky boy was to cut the ribbon along came the staunch monarchist - Captain Francis De Groot on his trusted stead and slashed the ribbon with his sword in the name of "the decent and honorable citizens of New South Wales.
What he really was protesting about was Jacky boy taking what previously has been a Vice-Regal honour.He copped a 5 pound fine and a eternal place in Australian folklore.
Being a Sydney gal, I love this bridge and am always in awe of her magnificence.Some of the photos I have posted are my favs, but I particularly like her the best at New Years Eve when they have all the fireworks, for any of you that watched the Olympics here in 2000 you will know what I mean.

6 comments:

White Rose Boy said...

I think every picture I see of Sydney has either this bridge or the opera house on.
Two of my mates visited a couple of years ago and speak highly of your City, I'll have to check it out myself one day.

Rebecca said...

I love every PIC! I have always wanted to visit Italy and Australia. You just make me want to start saving...

What are the best times to visit and when is the weather in the 60's and cool?

Chris H said...

WE are going to see your lovely bridge for yourselves soon.... can't wait. We had a lovely item on the News last night too about the Bridge, 16 men died while building it! It is an awesome bridge!

Abba said...

I've never been, but I hope to one day. Nice pictures.

Wanna_B_slim said...

Oh yes... I had a visit there 3 years ago and I soooo wanted to climb it....
But i didnt fancy going up alone and in one of those desirable jumpsuits.. hehe...
maybe next time...
And as for feeling like a dog with two dick when i get to the 70's... hahahaha...
I am struggling to get there... I seem to have hit a point where i am sabotaging myself...
Grrrrrr a gluten filled day yesterdy has made me gain heaps overnight... and block me up somthing terrible..TMI I know.. hehe I hate gut probs... Hope you are feeling well..

Spider63 said...

I'd like to see that someday!