By Peter Lalor
The definitive tale of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of many world's so much striking engineering feats - a constitution that has develop into an Australian nationwide icon.
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Ten years later he was still advocating the scheme, writing to the Australian in April 1825: 48 ~ THE BRIDGE The_Bridge_pmp 6/10/06 2:08 PM Page 49 Thus in the event of the Bridge being thrown across from Dawes Battery to the North Shore, a town would be built on that shore, and would have formed with these buildings a grand whole, that would have indeed surprised anyone entering the harbour; and would have given an idea of strength and magnificence that would have reflected credit and glory on the colony and the Mother Country.
Bradfield had the dream and the drive. While some men look at the world and accept it for what it is, others strive to shape it, rearrange it, improve it. He was the only man who oversaw the bridge’s conception, birth, growth and completion. He was its 42 ~ THE BRIDGE The_Bridge_pmp 6/10/06 2:08 PM Page 43 father, midwife, wet nurse and mentor. A man of incredible vision, he not only had the astute and extraordinary mind capable of the engineering, political, financial and public relations feats that would be involved in building a bridge across Sydney Harbour, he had the patience to pursue the project for 30 frustrating years as it was proposed and then deposed by government after successive government.
He never swore or shouted; he saw what was possible and set out to achieve it. ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish,’ he would say, quoting the lessons he had learned at church. At other times he was fond of quoting American city planner, Daniel H. ’ Bradfield was a visionary and a man capable of stirring the blood with his vision. BRADFIELD’S BIG PLANS Top End of Town: Dr J. J. C. Bradfield, centre, on the deck with powerful local identities Judge Backhouse, left, and Sir Mungo MacCallum, right.
Bridge: The epic story of an Australian icon - the Sydney Harbour Bridge by Peter Lalor