a big concrete bridge...
In Gus collection of odd stuff, there was this article published in the SMH (1961), before the Gladesville Bridge, Sydney, was built... The amazing story here is that engineer Tony Gee was just 22 years old when he was given the job to design the bridge. After searching for a month, I have found the picture above. Hurray...
Sydney's Gladesville Bridge has become only the fourth project in Australia to receive the world's highest engineering award.
The concrete arch bridge, which crosses the Parramatta River from Leichhardt to Gladesville, has been declared an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Structures can only be considered for the award 50 years after they were built.
The only other Australian structures to receive the accolade are the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Western Goldfields and the Snowy Mountain scheme.
Today, the original engineer Tony Gee, 82, was on hand as the plaque was unveiled at the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney.
He got the job in his early 20s while employed by a British engineering firm.
"There is no doubt in my mind Gladesville ranks alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House as engineering marvels, but for some reason it has always been overshadowed by them and has never received the recognition it deserved," Mr Gee said.
"Gladesville was and always will be the first 1,000-foot concrete span in the world and in the intervening years only six longer concrete arches have been built."