Did a Brit design Sydney's beloved 'Coathanger'?

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SYDNEY -- A long-dead Englishman threatens to spoil lavish celebrations planned for Sunday, when Sydney celebrates the 75th anniversary of Australia’s greatest engineering achievement —- the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Final preparations are under way for a mass walk across the “Coathanger”, a fly-past and a sail-past by a flotilla of historic vessels. But an English engineering company has put forward strong evidence that the Australian long credited with designing the bridge, John Bradfield, did not produce the final design.

Hyder Consulting, a British engineering company that absorbed the bridge’s original building firm, says that an Englishman, Ralph Freeman, was responsible and that he should be recognised.

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