LiveTribe Members reconnect with Sydney Harbour Bridge on 19 March 2012
19 March 2012 Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrated its 80th Birthday. Locally the Bridge is known as a true national icon that connects several generations of Australians, while internationally together with Sydney Opera House it is famous as a symbol of Sydney. SHB is among the most recognizable manmade structures in the world attracting thousands of tourists every year being a stage to Sydney New Year’s fireworks spectacle.
The Bridge was officially opened on 19 March 1932 after nine years in construction. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge.
Recognising the architectural significance of Sydney Harbour Bridge and its iconic status, we decided to ask our members to share their personal memories and stories related to this Sydney icon. Through LiveTribe forum we heard many amazing and touching stories and would like to mention some of them here. Tiamia walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a pledge to a sick friend. Possum6 remembered that his grandfather visited the opening ceremony in 1932 and the family still keeps the original programme booklet. What a great artefact to keep in your home! WillsNan’s mother walked across the Bridge on its opening date with WillsNan’s grandfather. Surely most Australians will have some family memories and connections with the Bridge.
From our recent poll we also found out that lucky 3 percent of the LiveTribe members climbed the Bridge and strongly recommend the climb to others as an unforgettable experience. By the way, did you know that the SHB first became available for climbing in 1988, and you can climb to its very top, being 134 high from the sea level? Over 40 percent of LiveTribe members confessed that climbing the Sydney Bridge is definitely on their “to-do” list. Australia is only a young country so our guess is that we should not forget occasions such as this and always remind ourselves how important they are in our history. See you on top of the Bridge!