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433104
  • Title
    Major Francis Edward De Groot - Papers: Vol. 2 - Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1932-1948
  • Creator
  • Call number
    A 4946
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1932-1948
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    433104
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    Photographs - 37 silver gelatin photoprints, some cardboard mounted - 24 x 30 cm. or smaller - some silvering
    Textual Records - 2 letters with accompanying stamped, franked addressed envelopes
    Textual Records - (typescript, 1 draft interview script) - 7 pp.
    Textual Records - (typescript, 1 autobiographical essay) - 35 pp.
  • Scope and Content
    Photographs illustrating "De Groot incident":
    1-2. De Groot cutting ribbon
    3. Re-tying ribbon
    4-9. Arrest of De Groot [incl. 3 dups]
    10. Taken as Capt. de-Groot was dragged off his horse
    11. Tying up the severed ribbon after Capt. de-Groot had been arrested
    12. [Official] cutting the ribbon
    13. After cutting of ribbon
    14-15. De Groot mounted on Miss Reichard's horse
    16-19. Miss Reichard's horse
    20. Portrait of De Groot by Harold Cazneaux
    22. Miss Reichard with her horse
    23. Campbell and De Groot entering court
    24. Plaque presented to De Groot
    25. Officials at opening ceremony
    26. Officials, crowd & military troops at opening ceremony
    27. Aerial view of crowds walking across Sydney Harbour Bridge
    28. Aerial view of crowds in Hyde Park, waiting to feed onto Bridge. City and Darling Harbour in background
    29. Aerial view of Sydney Harbour Bridge, looking south to north
    30. Procession of ships crossing under Sydney Harbour Bridge
    31. Crowds walking across Sydney Harbour Bridge
    32. View of Bridge taken from underneath, at harbour level
    33. Ship passing under Sydney Harbour Bridge
    34. Sydney Harbour and Bridge
    35. Sydney Harbour Bridge by night
    36. NSW Lancers, escort at opening
    37. View of Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Manuscripts:
    21. Letter from Harold Cazneaux to De Groot, undated
    21b. Stamped, franked envelope addressed to De Groot in Cazneaux's hand, postmarked 15 April
    38. The Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by Francis Edward De Groot [De Groot's account of the opening]
    39. Letter from the ABC to De Groot, 11 Aug. 1948
    40. Interview with Major De Groot [re Bridge opening]
    40a. Envelope from ABC addressed to De Groot, postmarked 12 Aug '48
  • General note

    Microfilm: CY 4541, frames 1-123 (A 4946)
    The De Groot papers held in the Mitchell Library comprise 17 volumes as follows: A 4945 (vol. 1: CY 3273), A 4946 (vol. 2: CY 4541), A 4947 (vol. 3: CY 3273), A 4948 (vol. 4: CY 3091), A 4949 (vol. 5: CY 3092), A 4950 (vol. 6), A 4951 (vol. 6), PX*D 143 (vol. 7), A 4951 (vol. 8: CY 2579), A 4952 (vol. 9: CY 2579), A 4953 (vol. 10: CY 3801), A 4954 (vol. 11: CY 2902), *D 144 - *D 146 (vols. 12-14), A 4955 (vol. 15: CY 3766), A 4956 (vol. 16: CY 3767), *D 147 (vol. 17).
    A Contents List for the De Groot papers is located on the Manuscripts Guides Shelf in the Mitchell Library Reading Room. A duplicate copy is located at A 4956/2.
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "F E De Groot" -- signed on reverse of most images
    "Cazneaux" -- signed in pencil on mount (14,15)
    "To Capt. De Groot with compliments / H. Cazneaux" -- handwritten in pencil on reverse (10,11)
    "Cazneaux" -- signed in pencil on reverse (12,25,26,33,35)
    "May Moore, Sydney" -- signed in pencil on mount (36)
    "Milton Kent, airplane photo, Sydney" -- embossed at lower right (28,30)
    "Copyright photo by Sydney Morning Herald" -- stamped on reverse (23)
    "Copyright aerial photo / Milton Kent / Sydney" -- stamped on reverse (28,30)
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