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Sydney Harbour Bridge medallion marks icon's 90th birthday

The Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough has received a very special package from Australia, and it’s not a postcard to add to the museum collection.

A medallion celebrating 90 years of the Sydney Harbour Bridge has been sent to the museum to say thank you to the people of Middlesbrough for their continued friendship.

The medallions were made as part of the birthday celebrations and handed out to all Transport for NSW staff that work on the bridge with indelible links to its North East birthplace.

Knowing the history that the bridge represents to the people of Middlesbrough, the team were delighted to send a medallion to the Dorman Museum, to go on display for all to see and enjoy.

Matthew Wilson, Executive Director of Transport for NSW, said: “I’m aware that you have other historical items related to Sydney Harbour Bridge in your museum.

“I hope this medallion fits seamlessly into your collections.

“We look forward to sharing many more years of connection with Middlesbrough through our shared history of the bridge.”

Councillor Stephen Hill, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Culture & Communities, said: “We can’t wait for everyone to see the medallion on display.

“The people of Middlesbrough are rightly proud of Dorman Long’s heritage of ‘building the world’ and all that it represents, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is probably the most famous example of the major impact our small town has had on the world.

“Arranging a trip to the museum to see it has to be on your to-do list!”

The Sydney Harbour Bridge 90th birthday medallion is now on display at the Dorman Museum, alongside the silver plated ceremonial trowel presented to Arthur Dorman that was used to set the foundation stone of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1925. The Dorman Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm, and admission is free. 

A close-up photo of the Sydney Harbour Bridge 90th birthday medallion