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    20 Facts About The Sydney Harbour Bridge


    1. The bridge was first opened in 1932.

    2. It contains 6 million hand driven rivets.

    3. When it opened it cost a car six pence to cross.

    4. A horse and rider cost 3 pence.

    5. It now costs $3.30 and you can’t take horses onto it.

    6. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest steel arch bridge.

    7. It is 1149 meters long.

    8. In 1932, 96 steam locomotives were positioned in various ways to test the load capacity of the Bridge.

    9. All the steel used to build the Harbour Bridge weighs 52,800 tonnes.

    10. The steel was 79% imported from England and 21% from Australian sources.

    11. The four pylons on either side are completely decorative.

    12. 272,000 litres of paint were required to give the Bridge its initial three coats.

    13. Paul Hogan was a rigger on the bridge before he became famous.

    14. It took 1,400 men eight years to build the bridge.

    15. 16 people died in the construction of the bridge.

    16. The bridge is 134 metres above sea level.

    17. 800 families living in the planned path of the Harbour Bridge were displaced without compensation.

    18. The top of the arch rises and falls about 180mm due to changes in temperature.

    19. The Harbour Bridge’s original cost was $4.2 million.

    20. It took 55 years to pay off.



    Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia by Metin Bereketli © 2007
    36''x12'' Acrylic on canvas / Free-hand brush painting





    Metin contributed to over 100 non-profits and charities in the past, a partial list of which can be viewed at:


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