But where Lee Taylor’s record attempt had cost close to $1 million in 1967, Warby had built his hydroplane in a suburban backyard…with a military-surplus jet engine that cost $65!
Today, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrates its 80th birthday!
Officially opened on 19 March 1932, the construction of this major engineering feat commenced in 1923. ‘The giant coat-hanger’, as it is affectionately known, took 1,300 men to build it, using six million rivets and 53,000 tonnes of steel.
Below are some images from our collection that document the construction of the bridge. Click on the images for more information from our eMuseum.
For those with a keen interest, we have a great book available in our online store called Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge, written by John Nicholson.