Jack Lang, watched by Sir Philip Game, cuts official ribbon, 19th March 1932 / photographed by Sam Hood

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Where: New South Wales, , Australia

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When: 09 March 1932

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Format: Glass photonegative

Notes: Official opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, then the world's largest arched bridge. Premier Jack Lang cuts the ribbon, re-connected after Francis De Groot interrupted the ceremony. Lang had famously not invited a "Royal" to open this major engineering feat, leading to De Groot's approach on horeback, cutting the ribbon with his sword. Lang then opened the Bridge in the name of the people

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    • 02/Oct/2008 08:00:27

    No mention of Francis de Groot.

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    • 03/Oct/2008 13:36:24

    Agree with him or not, you have to be impressed by Francis' nerve!

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    • 04/Oct/2008 18:49:58

    Huh? It mentions de Groot in the caption.

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    • 19/Jan/2013 01:31:39

    Big Jack deserved all the credit.