Transportation History

On Australia’s east coast, a foundation stone was laid for a new bridge that would be built across the Georges River in the vicinity of southern Sydney. The bridge, which had been long requested by area residents, was planned as a link between Sydney’s suburbs of Blakehurst and Sylvania.

Approximately 2,000 people were on hand for the Saturday afternoon ceremony on the Sylvania side of the river. “The number included a large proportion of motorists and was striking testimony of the interest the work has aroused,” reported that Monday’s edition of the Sydney Morning Herald. “In honour of the occasion the approaches on either side . . . were decorated with flags and bunting.”

While a band played “Advance Australia Fair” and the crowd cheered, Australia’s Works Minister Richard Thomas Ball laid the foundation stone. “Mr. Ball said it gave him the greatest pleasure to perform this ceremony because this…

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