Special Exhibition of "Bradfield's Bridge''

29 November 2005

The Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction
The Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction

Rare drawings, plans, photos and papers on the planning and construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, are now showing in a new exhibition at the University's Rare Books Library, mounted largely from the personal collection of JJC Bradfield himself.

JJC Bradfield, and his son, KNE Bradfield, are two of the most distinguished graduates of the department.

Amongst objects on show from the Rare Books Library's Bradfield Collection are newly discovered photos of the construction of the bridge, a 7-metre plan of the bridge, contracts and reports on tenders, memorabilia from the opening ceremony, reports on proposed railways for Sydney, and Bradfield's 1924 thesis for his University of Sydney doctorate of science.