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opening and celebrations

Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrations (Committee) An appeal to the citizens of New South Wales. Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrations, March 1932. [Sydney]: Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrations, [193-].

The Hospitals bridge book / produced under the patronage of His Excellency the Governor and of Dorman, Long & Co. Limited.
Sydney: Hospitals Bridge Book Executive, 1932.

advertisement for Kandos cement advertisement for Diamond batteries

Sydney bridge celebrations, 1932 / [edited by Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert].
Sydney: Art in Australia Ltd., 1932.

The Bridge opened: illustrated supplement to Official Souvenir, March 1932.
[Sydney: Alfred James Kent, Govt. Printer], 1932.

photograph of bridge opening celebrations

photograph of bridge opening celebrations

Sydney Harbour Bridge. Celebration poster. 1932.

Bradfield, J. J. C.
The Bridge: from the story broadcast by Dr. J. J. C. Bradfield.
Sydney: N.S.W. Bookstall Co. Ltd., (circa. 1932).

The De Groot Incident

[A sequence of four photographs depicting the De Groot incident.]

The opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was to be marked by the cutting of a ribbon by the premier of NSW J.T. Lang, an event which was opposed by a right wing group known as the New Guard , who believed the only person who should open the bridge should be a member of the royal family.

photograph of the De Groot incident

Captain Francis De Groot, a former Hussar and a senior member of the New Guard, disguised as a military horseman disrupted the opening ceremony by slashing the ribbon with his sword. De Groot declared declared the Bridge open in the name of "decent citizens of New South Wales".

photograph of the De Groot incident

photograph of the De Groot incident
photograph of the De Groot incident

De Groot was arrested and taken to a psychiatric hospital. He was later declared sane, but fined 5 pounds and charged for offensive behaviour in a public place.

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