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Today is the 86th birthday of one of australia's most iconic landmarks: the sydney harbour bridge!
noble's has been fortunate enough to have handled a great deal of original harbour bridge medals, badges, and other assorted items, and today we'll be showcasing just a few of our favourites.
the first two items - a medal, and a shaved and engraved florin commemorative - were made to celebrate an iconic moment in the bridge's construction - the 'locking' of the arch, and were presented to workmen.
the arch had begun construction in late october of 1928 and was completed less than two years later, on the 19th of august, 1930, when the southern and northern ends of the arch met in the middle. they were riveted together and it became self-supporting, celebrated the next day by the flying of australian and uk flags from the 'creeper cranes' used to build the respective halves.
the third item is a silver medal (63mm) commemorating the opening of the bridge, designed by r.m. phipps and produced by angus & coote, c.1932.
all background images - depicting the arch's locking, and of school children celebrating the opening day - are sourced from the nsw government state archives and records collection, in particular the sydney harbour bridge photographic albums, which document the construction and opening of the bridge. view them here: https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/series/12685
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