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government reports

These constitute some of the various Government reports issued at the time on not only the proposed Bridge itself, but on various other issues such as plans for the extension of the railways and communication in general.

New South Wales. Royal Commission on City and Suburban Railways.
Progress report on the extension of the railway into the city and the North Shore bridge connection.
Sydney: Government Printer, 1891.



New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Assembly. Parliamentary Standing Committee.
Report [on the] extension of the railway into the city of Sydney.
Sydney: Government Printer, 1900.



New South Wales. Royal Commission on Communication between Sydney and North Sydney.
Report.
Sydney: Government Printer, 1909.

During the period 1908 - 1909, Bradfield, and the Public Works Department Drawing Offices, were heavily involved in the preliminary design and estimate work for the Royal Commissions on Communication between Sydney and North Sydney and the Improvement of the City of Sydney and its Suburbs.

Bradfield prepared the railway scheme, but nobody knew how the verdict would go in the bridge versus tunnel argument so schemes were prepared to cover both options. This only confused the issue as the Royal Commission opted for tunnels while other opinions favoured a bridge. This was enough to delay the decision for about five years.



New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Assembly
Report regarding the question of improving the means of public transit ... [by] David Hay.
Sydney: Government Printer, 1912.

Report regarding the question of improving the means of public transit

In his evidence to the Public Works Committee on the 1903 recommendations of the Bridge Advisory Board and the problems of foundations, Bradfield also argued that the tunnel recommendations of 1909 were not deep enough to prevent obstruction of the harbour. He presented instead a proposal for a suspension bridge to span the harbour from Dawes Point to Milson's Point. Bradfield's idea was for a bridge bearing road, tram and foot traffic only. The committee asked Bradfield to develop plans for of a bridge to carry four lines of railway as well.

In October, Bradfield presented two cantilever proposals and one of these was recommended by the committee in the following year. While designing the bridges he had also worked out a new city railway proposal. A tunnel expert, David Hay, who had been brought out form London by the Government to assess the proposed city railway, recommended Bradfield's bridge.

After only a year as Principal Designing Engineer, Bradfield was assigned by the Minister of Works, Arthur Griffith, to work exclusively on he bridge and city railway with the initial title of Engineer-in-Charge of Sydney Harbour Bridge and City Transit, the task which occupied him for the remaining twenty years of his departmental working life.



New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Assembly. Standing Committee on Public Works.
Report ... [on the] bridge to connect Sydney and North Sydney.
Sydney: Government Printer, 1913.

In evidence to the Works Committee, Bradfield first supported a railway subway rather than a bridge as it was only in this way that passengers could go from north to east or west without changing trains in the city. He modified his evidence later, with the required railway connections provided by bridge.



New South Wales. Department of Public Works. Metropolitan Railways Division.
Specification for the location and design of electric railways for the City of Sydney.
Sydney: Government Printer, 1914.



New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Assembly. Report on the proposed electric railways for the City of Sydney, by J .J. C. Bradfield.
Sydney: Government Printer, 1915.

1. J. J. C. Bradfield's copy.
2. Presentation copy to Professor W. H. Warren, first professor of Engineering at the University of Sydney. Professor Warren was on the Committee which evaluated the designs for the Bridge.

In this report, Bradfield produced a modified high level two track city railway plan which included such features as:
- Aboveground electric platforms at Central Station.
- An eastern suburbs railway from the Domain as far as Bondi Junction.
- A western suburbs loop at Rozelle from the main line between Stanmore and Petersham.
All of these were included in the City and Suburban Electric Railways Bill which was presented to Parliament in July 1915.

Report on the proposed electric railways



New South Wales. Department of Lands.
Map of Sydney and suburbs, 1924. Showing proposed railway lines north and east.
Sydney: Department of Lands, 1924.



Sydney Harbour Trust.
Bird's eye view of the Port of Sydney / drawn by W.H.Withers.
Sydney: 1919.
Coloured plan. 60 x 74 cm.



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