Before the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built, getting from the south of the city to the north was a real hassle.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened to the public in 1932. Prior to that people wanting to cross the harbour from the southern to the northern suburbs relied on ferries and boats.
Fondly known by locals as The Coathanger, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is 85 years old.
Which means there are people alive today who were around when you couldn’t just drive from Sydney’s south to its north. In 1932 the horse and cart was fading into history; cars and buses were gaining in popularity, but most people got around in trams and trains.
And on boats and ferries.
Sydney had a bustling ferry network for commuters.
Boats were a significant part of the harbour landscape.
Because there was an entire community already living on the other side of the water.
A lot of families settled in the north and commuted daily to the city.
It’s OK, though – no passport was required.
The Manly ferry was popular.
But eventually Sydneysiders realised the city couldn’t remain divided forever, and people began digging.
Thanks to them we can now travel to visit our northern neighbours by car, bus, train, ferry or on foot.
So Happy 85th birthday Sydney Harbour Bridge!
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