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Australian Geographic - - Geobuzz -

AF­TER 20 years of plan­ning, eight years of con­struc­tion, 95,000cu.m of con­crete, 17,000cu.m of gran­ite and 52,800t of steel­work, Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge was ready. But be­fore premier Jack Lang ar­rived to cut the rib­bon, monar­chist Cap­tain Fran­cis de Groot (right) rode for­ward on a horse. He be­lieved the bridge should be opened by a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily, or at the least the gov­er­nor-gen­eral, the King’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Slash­ing the rib­bon with his sword, he de­clared the bridge open in the name of “the de­cent and re­spectable peo­ple of

New South Wales”. He was charged with of­fen­sive be­hav­iour and fined £5 ($424). The rib­bon was retied and given the of­fi­cial cut a short while later by Lang.

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