Entombed in a Sydney Icon
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was first opened in 1932. It took enormous effort to build with workers being pulled to work on the project from all parts of the world. Three ships were constructed exclusively for the task of carrying materials from Moruya Quarry for the massive 89 meter pylons. There are 16 officially reported deaths as a result of the construction work, but the legend goes that there were another three that were hushed up. It is believed that those three were workers that have fallen into the huge pylons, and being travelling contractors their disappearances weren’t noticed for weeks. Because of the gigantic size of the supporting pillars their bodies were too difficult to retrieve and were instead entombed in concrete and remain there to this day.
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Photographs by Arthur Ernest Foster, Donald J Fraser and Ted Hood