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  • Title
    [Proposed Sydney Harbour Bridge, ca. 1903] / Norman Selfe Design, R. M. Robinson Mech. Del., Herbert Beecroft Pinxt.
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 1401
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1903
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 watercolour - on 3 sheets of paper, on canvas lining, framed. - 89 x 141.3 cm. in frame 93.8 x 146.2 cm.
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    The first call for competitive designs and tenders for a harbour crossing from Dawes Point to McMahons Point was issued by the NSW Government in January 1900. After the competition jury decided in November 1900 not to recommend acceptance of any tender, several tenderers sought permission to resubmit designs, and in February 1901 six amended tenders were received. "In March, the Minister for Public Works, E W O'Sullivan, established a new Sydney Harbour Bridge Advisory Board to determine the specifications for which further designs and tenders for a bridge were to be invited ... New tenders were called for on 17 May 1901 in an international competition inviting both previous and new competitors." After the closing date of 30 June 1902, "amended designs were requested from three tenderers - William Arrol & Co (whose design 'Sablazo' had been awarded first prize in the 1900 competition), the E and C Bridge Company, and Stewart & Co. These were submitted in March 1903 and after protracted consideration and analysis, Stewart & Co's tender for a cantilever bridge, prepared in consultation with a German firm and Sydney engineer Norman Selfe, was recommended to the Minister in November as the most suitable design. Norman Selfe (1839-1911) was Sydney's best-known engineer during the 1880s and 1890s...A proponent of the city railway and other Sydney improvements, Selfe proposed a number of bridge solutions and his urban visions were prominently featured in the 1909 Royal Commission [on the planning of Sydney]. His 1903 design for a harbour bridge from Dawes Point to McMahons Point was accepted by the NSW Government but was never constructed."

    Bridging Sydney / [edited by] Caroline Mackaness. Sydney : Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 2006, pp.91-93.
    Some notes on the North Shore bridge, and the story of the three competitions with their sequel / Norman Selfe, in conjunction with The Maschinenbaugesellschaft, of Nurnberg, and the Zweiganstalt, of Gustavsburg, Authors of the Successful Design. [Sydney : s.n.], 1908
    Digital order no:a1528191
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed "R. M. Robinson Mech. Del.", "Herbert Beecroft Pinxt" at lower left, "Norman Selfe Desig." at lower right
  • Conservation note

    Surface damage at upper left corner (some tears & abrasion)
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  • Exhibited in

    Amaze Gallery, 6 October 2018-2019 - State Library of New South Wales
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