The Sydney Harbour Bridge amazingly described: a 1788 prediction.
A poem written by Erasmus Darwin This article is about Erasmus Darwin who lived 1731–1802; for his descendants with the same name see Erasmus Darwin (disambiguation).
Erasmus Darwin (12 December 1731 – 18 April 1802), was an English physician, natural philosopher, physiologist, inventor and poet. published in 1789 gave a description of the great city which would arise on the shores of the wonderful harbour. This poem is well known but less known is the description of the bridge which spans the harbour. It is imaginative because Sydney harbour was not known in 1789 until the first account of the establishment of the new colony was sent back to London and printed in Watkin Tench's Narrative of the Voyage to Botany Bay Botany Bay, inlet, New South Wales, SE Australia, just S of Sydney. It was visited in 1770 by James Cook, who proclaimed British sovereignty over the east coast of Australia. The site of the landing is marked by a monument on Inscription Point. .
The vision for the spanning of Sydney Harbour was expressed in a poem--The Visit of Hope to Sydney Cove--written by Erasmus Darwin (the grandfather of naturalist Charles Darwin) in 1789. The poem was said to be a response to the scene depicted on a medallion created by Josiah Wedgwood from clay sent to England from Sydney by Governor Arthur Phillip Admiral Arthur Phillip RN (11 October 1738 – 31 August 1814) was a British naval officer and colonial administrator. Phillip was appointed Governor of New South Wales, the first European colony on the Australian continent, . The allegorical al·le·gor·i·cal also al·le·gor·ic
Of, characteristic of, or containing allegory: an allegorical painting of Victory leading an army. scene represented Phillip's vision for Sydney beyond its role as a penal Punishable; inflicting a punishment.
penal adj. referring to criminality, as in defining "penal code" (the laws specifying crimes and punishment), or "penal institution" (a state prison or penitentiary confining convicted felons). settlement and as a future source of imperial pride and wealth--a sentiment reflected in Darwin's poem with its images of architecture and urban expansion.
Did Darwin have a vision of the Sydney Harbour Bridge The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the main crossing of Sydney Harbour carrying rail, vehicular, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. ?
Sub section quote, page 3--"Proud Arch"
"Hear me," she cried, "ye raising realms! Record Time's opening scenes, and Truth's unerring word--There shall broad streets their stately walls extend, The circus widen and the crescent bend; There, ray'd from cities o'er the cultured land, Shall bright canals and solid roads expand. There the proud arch, colossus-like, bestride Yon glittering stream and bound the chafing tide; Embellished villas crown the landscape scene, Farms wave with gold and orchards blush between. There shall tall spires and dome cap't towers ascend, And piers and quays their massy structures blend; While with each breeze approaching vessels glide, And northern treasures dance on every tide!"