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SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE. - Bridge to the North Shore. (Correspondence relating to the construction of.) [with] ... (Further correspondence ...) [with] (Further correspondence ...).

Sydney, Govt Printer January, March, April, 1883. Three papers, foolscap, disbound in modern plain wrappers; 9pp; 7pp; 2pp, one plate and folding elevation and plan. ¶ These three papers begin with an 1878 memo by William Bennett, Commissioner for Roads and Bridges, in which he sets out the case for a high span bridge or opening bridge and gives both the thumbs down. He prefers a punt system running night and day to a "costly and inevitably unsightly monster bridge." The rest of this paper holds the wrangling between the government and J.E. Garbett, representing a company that proposed to build a bridge provided that the government guaranteed three and a half percent return on the cost. Parkes' ministry approved the deal. The second paper covers the agitation of north shore residents for a bridge and the excitement of British engineers upon hearing that the government intends to build a bridge. The third paper covers the plan submitted by the engineer William Dempsey, with a view and folding elevation. It isn't inspiring but that isn't why it was rejected. The government changed in January 1883.
AUD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 192.75 US$ 219.96 | £UK 171.5 | JP¥ 24784] Book number 10521

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