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Where: 2 Watson Rd, Millers Point NSW 2000, Australia

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When: 19 March 1932

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Crowd at Observory Park
Dated: 19/03/1932
Digital ID: 12685_a007_a00704_8734000120r
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    • 05/Aug/2008 10:48:11

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened on this day, 19 March 1932

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    • 18/Feb/2010 13:35:15

    Wow, what a crowd. Usually its such a quiet place. I'd love a larger version to examine the faces in the crowd. And are they the funnels of a ship in the distance? Here are two more of the same scene by Sam Hood: 1 & 2 and one by Harold Cazneaux If you look carefully the same cars are parked along the road.

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    • 19/Feb/2010 08:27:47

    Thanks pellethepoet. Those are great comparison views. I'm thinking there was a vantage point provided for the photographers, indeed I suppose there was more than one. I think if we look around we will be able to find a photograph of the photogs on this perch, taking these photos.

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    • 19/Feb/2010 14:00:03

    Apologies BobMeade if I didn't give you any time to look around yourself, but I think I've found the vantage point: 1, 2 & 3 Here's another closer to the bridge (you may have noticed Cazneaux's photo was from a slightly different vantage point, further to the right): 1 & 2. These two seem to have been taken from the first vantage point. And so do these newsreels: 1 & 2. Notice the photographer running towards the camera 1:37-1:41.

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    • 20/Feb/2010 10:57:45

    Outstanding work pellethepoet, thank you very much. Those are all great views which aptly convey the sense of occasion.

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    • 23/Feb/2010 22:57:34

    We've replaced this with a larger image. Hope it helps with those faces. It must have been a hot day - I can see a couple of women shading themselves with newspapers on their heads.

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    • 02/Jun/2011 11:34:21

    that ship in the right background is parked at a rather odd location. seems to be the end of east balmain.

3 years ago a contributor from Vaucluse, Australia suggested this image location is -33.8593, 151.205


3 years ago a contributor from Vaucluse, Australia suggested this image is from 1932