Sydney Harbour Bridge
National Heritage Assessment
Australian Heritage Council
The names of individual assessors and nominators have been removed for privacy reasons
About this assessment
The Australian Heritage Council found the Sydney Harbour Bridge of outstanding national heritage significance. Its construction was a major event in Australia's history. Its opening in 1932 was pivotal in the development of modern Sydney and a focus for national optimism in the depths of the Great Depression. The Harbour Bridge has become an enduring national icon and the subject for many of Australia’s foremost artists. It is one of the world's greatest arch bridges. Although not the longest arch span in the world, its mass and load capacity are greater than other major arch bridges, and no other bridge in Australia compares with its technical significance. The bridge was the most costly engineering achievement in modern Australia, and although more than 80 years old, has still not reached its loading capacity. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is also significant for its association with John Job Crew Bradfield, one of Australia's greatest civil, structural and transport engineers, who prepared the general specifications and supervised the whole project.
The Council's final assessment report as given to the Minister is attached.
In some cases the Minister will have made amendments to such matters as boundaries, values and descriptions, before listing the place. For final listing data visit the Australian Heritage Database or the National Heritage Listing for Sydney Harbour Bridge .