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The Bridge : The Epic Story of an Australian Icon - the Sydney Harbour Bridge - Peter Lalor

The Bridge

The Epic Story of an Australian Icon - the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Paperback Published: 1st December 2006
ISBN: 9781741750270
Number Of Pages: 384

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The definitive story of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the world's most amazing engineering feats - a structure that has become a national icon.

When it was finally opened in March 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge had taken almost nine years to complete at a cost of sixteen lives and more than six million pounds. This is the epic story of the most recognisable symbol of Australia, and the people, political wranglings and incredible feats of engineering behind its creation.

The Bridge brings to life the stories of those who built it, dreamt it and were drawn to it: Lennie Gwyther, the nine-year-old boy who made a 900-mile solo journey on horseback to witness the opening; Dr J.J.C. Bradfield who eventually realised his dream of connecting Sydney's two shores; Vince Kelly, the larger-than-life boilermaker who fell from the arch and survived; and many other fascinating characters.

From the bizarre attempt to sabotage the bridge's opening ceremony to its role in the Sydney Olympics, this is a lively history of one of the world's most famous structures.

About the Author

Peter Lalor is an award-winning author and journalist. Now a senior sports writer with The Australian, he has contributed articles to The Weekend Australian Magazine, Rolling Stone, Black + White Magazine, Luxury Travel and a number of books and international publications. In his two decades as a journalist he has covered numerous major stories including the Bali bombings, the Hoddle St massacre, the Tampa crisis, the Sydney and Athens Olympics and the Australian cricket team's 2004 tour of India.

In 2002 his first book, Blood Stain, was published by Allen + Unwin. It became an instant bestseller and won the 2003 Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime Writing and is the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary.

Australian history at its best


I read this book in 2007 during the 75th anniversary of the bridge and climbed the bridge that year. Reading this book prior to the climb gave so much more perspective to the magnificence of the structure, the enormity of the task to build, and old Sydney town. Easy to read, informative and now my second purchase of the text (the first lent and never returned).



The bridge great book


Loved th book,couldn't put it down,yeah great



The Bridge


I now travel over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with new eyes and will never take it for granted again. I had not realised what a story was behind it and I always thought I was well informed on the subject of Sydney's history. What foresight and superb engineering produced it - now so lacking in our so-called more enlightened times. It's a book that deserves to be never out of print.



My Dad loves it!


Purchased this book for my father after he heard about it on the radio. He's finished reading it, and has passed it on to friends interested in history. I'll read it when it gets back to us! :-)

Charters Towers, QLD


The Bridge

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1. Closing the arch

2. A bridge too far

3. Bradfield's big plans

4. The first sod

5. Work starts

6. The price of progress

7. Tenders

8. Building the bridge

9. Characters and calamities

10. Design controversy

11. Lennie Gwyther's great adventure

12. Lang robs the bank ... de Groot steals the show

13. The people's bridge

14. Bridge lives

ISBN: 9781741750270
ISBN-10: 174175027X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st December 2006
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 17.6  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1