Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Lavender Bay (3)
So many icons: Bridge, Opera House, Centrepoint, Luna Park. But they remain cold and distanced until given a human face.
During the years that saw this tiny nation construct the SHB (1923 - 1932), my father's family lived down Cabramurra way and sponging on them was Uncle Arthur, my grandfather's younger brother. Affectionately known as Mooch - 'cause that's what he preferred to do if the other option was work - his only known work was running the girders as a day labourer ensuring that the welders had the necessaries for the hot-rivetting.
Having ferreted down many a digital alleyway, here is the bridge from Lavender Bay as the arch neared closure in August 1930. Where Luna Park now stands is a series of warehouses with triangular roofs and looking through the bridge a Sydneysider would pick out the Botanic Gardens, Government House and the tram shed on Bennelong Point where the Opera House now stands.