See the stained glass memorial feature windows located in the central chamber of Level One.

There are two feature windows on the East and West side of the Pylon. Each window consists of a three stained glass features depicting the "Work and Workers" during the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

It took 10 years to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge (1922-1932) and around 1,500 people were required in the construction each year. It has been estimated that the total number of workers were 2,500 - 4,000 and the six stained glass windows recognises these workers.

Riveters:- Working on the bridge itself, the riveting gangs worked in dangerous conditions. A boilermaker led each gang and did the riveting.

Painters:- Perched on scaffolding, precarious cages and bosuns’ chairs, the painters began painting the steelwork in 1927, and they are still working on it. The painters never stop: they coat its 485,000 square metres of steel with 80,000 litres of paint (about 600 tonnes). Painters had to use use paint composed of pure white lead and pure linseed oil. The painters added some vegetable black to create the colour that we still call ‘Bridge Grey’. It stank and they often felt sick.

Stonemasons: - 200 Stonemasons were required to cut the stone from the Pylons. Premier Lang commissioned a cenotaph outside the Post Office in Martin Place. Bradfield selected the Moruya granite and Bertram MacKennal, the eminent expatriate sculptor, designed a memorial to the Anzac soldiers, sailors and nurses.

Riggers:- As soon as the crane drivers had lifted a piece of steel up to the half-arch, the riggers pulled it into position, inserted pins and bolts and strapped it into place. Then they butted the joints to each other, making sure that they hadn’t left any gaps. There were 12 steel erectors.

Surveyors:- EA (‘Slippery’) Amphlett, who had known Bradfield since their student days in the 1890s, led the team which surveyed the Bridge and the underground railway extensions. Surveyors used an 8 inch Watts theodolite specially made in England which correctly read angles to one second.

Concreters:- 24 concreters worked in north and south gangs; 6 would concrete and 6 mix. They made their concrete from graded Moruya granite aggregate, Nepean sand and Kandos cement mixed with enough water to get the right strength. Concreting squads did most of their work by hand. The concreters would lay the formwork and the labourers would hump the sand and metal up to concrete mixers, wheel the mixers into position and pour the concrete.

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Riveter                           Painter

  
Stonemason                       Rigger       

  
Surveyor                       Concreter

Stained glass artwork
designed by Robin Seville

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