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20 Facts About The Sydney Harbour Bridge

It's the coathanger's 82nd birthday today. Which is weird because it doesn't look a year older than 21.

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1. The bridge was first opened in 1932.

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2. It contains 6 million hand driven rivets.

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3. When it opened it cost a car six pence to cross.

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4. A horse and rider cost 3 pence.

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5. It now costs $3.30 and you can't take horses onto it.

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6. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest steel arch bridge.

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7. It is 1149 meters long.

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8. In 1932, 96 steam locomotives were positioned in various ways to test the load capacity of the Bridge.

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9. All the steel used to build the Harbour Bridge weighs 52,800 tonnes.

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10. The steel was 79% imported from England and 21% from Australian sources.

11. The four pylons on either side are completely decorative.

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12. 272,000 litres of paint were required to give the Bridge its initial three coats.

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13. Paul Hogan was a rigger on the bridge before he became famous.

14. It took 1,400 men eight years to build the bridge.

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15. 16 people died in the construction of the bridge.

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16. The bridge is 134 metres above sea level.

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17. 800 families living in the planned path of the Harbour Bridge were displaced without compensation.

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18. The top of the arch rises and falls about 180mm due to changes in temperature.

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19. The Harbour Bridge's original cost was $4.2 million.

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20. It took 55 years to pay off.

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