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Blog post from Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

On this day, 19 March 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was officially opened.

The State Library of New South Wales has digitised a large collection of photographs from the collection, which depict the celebrations on that day, including a large procession and opening ceremony.

A crowd of 300,000 waited for Premier Jack Lang to officially open the bridge, but Francis de Groot, a member of the New Guard militia group, charged forward on a horse, slashed the ribbon and declared the bridge open.

De Groot was dragged from the horse and later charged with offensive behaviour, the ribbon was retied and the bridge was then officially opened.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a collection of material pertaining to Francis de Groot, including photographs, letters and his autobiography.