1,400 – the number of men it took to construct the Bridge
8 – the numbers of years it took to build the Bridge
122,000 – the cubic metres of rock excavated for the foundations
6,000,000 & 53,000 – hand-driven rivets and tonnes of steel used in construction respectively
272,000 – the litres of paint required for the initial three coats!
96 – the number of locomotives positioned in various ways to test the load capacity of the Bridge before declared safe
£6.25m – the cost of the construction. The equivalent of A$492,250,000 today, it took 56 years for this amount to be paid off!
1,149m – the length of the Bridge, making it the sixth longest long-span bridge in the world
134m – the height of the Bridge from the top of the arch to the water level, making it the tallest long-span bridge in the world
48.8m – the width of the Bridge – the widest steel span arch bridge until 2012
11,000 & 160,000 – the approximate average daily traffic in 1932 and 2017
85 – the number of years since officially opened on March 19, 1932
Today, the Bridge stands as one of Australia’s foremost landmarks – an instantly recognised symbol of our nation. To mark the 85th anniversary of this iconic structure on March 19, new Gold & Silver Proofs have been issued!
To know more or to place an order please CLICK HERE.