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Farey: Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge (1932)

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Original classification rating: not rated. This clip chosen to be PG

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A ferry ride in 1932 is captured by Leslie Francis Farey’s 16mm home movie camera. The Sydney Harbour Bridge can be seen from the bow of a ferry leaving Circular Quay and from directly underneath.

Curator’s notes

This clip from Leslie Francis Farey’s home movies gives us a personal account of a ferry trip taken from Circular Quay to view the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Taken from the bow of the ferry, we experience Leslie Farey’s view as he takes in the newly-built Bridge in all its grandeur.

Filming from underneath the bridge emphasises the significance of the bridge. Built during the Great Depression, it was considered a major engineering feat and became a symbol of hope for Australians.

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