People who built the Bridge
Sir John Allum was the Chairman of the Auckland Harbour Bridge Authority from 1951, and Auckland Mayor from 1941-1953. He was passionate about the building of a bridge, which he promoted for many years before construction began.
Officials involved in the Bridge's construction included:
Richard L Wilks, General Manager of the Auckland Harbour Bridge Authority; Wilfrid Cardno, Project Manager for the construction companies, Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co. Ltd and Dorman Long; H.E. Whitehouse, resident engineer for Bridge designers Freeman, Fox and Partners.
The steel workers were a hardy bunch and apparently soon got used to the height working on the Bridge. There were no handrails or steps to move from one level to another. They strode along the steel diagonals in rubber soled boots, but all work had to stop whenever it began to rain.
Three workers died during construction of the Bridge and a monument in their memory was erected by the Auckland Harbour Bridge Authority.
In April 1959 the Bridge was complete 3 weeks ahead of schedule, and workers qualified for a bonus of around £30 each.
Harbour Bridge Authority Staff
If the Toll Booth staff uniforms looked like American policeman it was because the Harbour Board Authority decided to adopt the style of uniform worn by staff on the Golden Gate Bridge. Mr D.G. MacPherson, Bridge Superintendent visited San Francisco in 1958 and ran the Golden Gate Bridge for several weeks.
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