Joan Bracewell, who was at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932, will walk it again for its 75th anniversary.
Joan Bracewell, who was at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932, will walk it again for its 75th anniversary.

Grand old ladies get together



JOAN Bracewell will join thousands of others on a walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge on March 18 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 'coathanger'.

But unlike most of those sharing the walk with her, the Emerald Beach resident walked the bridge on its opening day 75 years ago ? March 19, 1932.

Mrs Bracewell was just sevenyear-old at the time and she remembers the huge crowd and 'a fellow on horseback racing forward and cutting the ribbon'.

That fellow was Captain Francis De Groot of the New Guard, who robbed the then NSW Premier John Lang of the honour of opening the bridge, because he believed a member of the Royal family should have performed the ceremony.

Mrs Bracewell, who is now 82, still walks twice a day and will be joined by her daughters on the historic bridge walk. And this time she will have a camera to record the occasion.

"We didn't take photos in those days," she said.



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