(Caught out once again by writing a post in advance but waiting to a bit closer to the right time. It was all over the news and current affairs shows tonight. I wrote most of this post Tuesday.)
While we in Melbourne detest the Sydney Harbour Bridge for becoming a symbol of Australia (what is wrong with our older Princes Bridge?), it must be recognised that, along with the Opera House, it is a symbol of Australia. We must all take pride in it.
It would be a bit more interesting if it still had a symbol of Melbourne, trams, or streetcars if you like, running across it. But no, the trams were removed from Sydney streets many years ago. Now that was a good idea Sydney, not! Apart from one new existing line, you are talking about bringing them back.
Still, the bridge does have trains, footpaths and cars, lots of cars, travelling over it. You can climb over the top of it for an exhorbitant fee or just climb up one of the towers. See it from a ferry, from the harbour bank underneath it, from many locations in Sydney.
Possibly the people and businesses who were cleared away when it was being built, mostly without compensation, may not be so happy.
But we won't let that sour its seventy fifth birthday. Big celebrations on Sunday and the bridge will be closed to traffic. Happy birthday to the coat hanger.
Ohter pic is Melbourne's Princes Bridge. Ok, it is not really a contender, but it is a lovely little bridge.
Recommended media: Australia All Over on Sunday morning broadcast from Observatory Hill on ABC Local Radio, streamed on the net, abc.net.au/australiaallover Ignore the bumbling idiot presenter, the content can be very good.
Constructing the Bridge, ABC tv, Sunday night, 7.30