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Victor P Taffa

The Southern Thunderer was first published on-line on 14 October 2009.




The Trademark® of The Southern Thunderer name and stylised outline of the Sydney Harbour Bridge has been accepted and has passed all stages by IP Australia.

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The hardworking staff at the Sydney IP Australia office was thoroughly professional in their dealings when the Trademark ® application was made. At the time of lodging the application the imminent closure of all IP Australia offices was made known to myself and all staff transferred to a centralised office in Canberra.

The Certificate of Registration has been received at the office of The Southern Thunderer and this achievement has been greeted with a sense of pride and humility.

The Southern Thunderer is registered with the NSW Office of Fair Trading.

To be able to officially recognise Sydney and the Southern Hemisphere’s greatest symbol of achievement and progress is a tribute to Bridge designer and Chief Engineer Dr. John Job Bradfield and the entire workforce that worked on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. To the men that were unfortunately killed during its construction should also be remembered.

The Trademark ® application was made without the following statements which appear on the masthead of The Southern Thunderer:

John Bradfield built the Sydney Harbour Bridge


John Bradfield

John Bradfield









John Whitton built the New South Wales Railways

John Whitton

John Whitton








Reasons that these two statements appear on the masthead include:

  • The roadway that spans the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is known as the Bradfield Highway.
  • My website supports heavy railway expansion and revives the long forgotten plans of John Bradfield who designed and built the Sydney Harbour Bridge and John Whitton who is known as “The father of the New South Wales Railways.”  The website was launched on 26 February 2009.
  • The Southern Thunderer was launched on Wednesday 14 October 2009 and covers issues throughout the Southern Hemisphere. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is unique to the Southern Hemisphere. Information about The Southern Thunderer appears in the About Us Page.

Copyright © does not extend to a person’s name as a person’s name has automatic copyright. The two statements do not appear on the masthead because there will only ever be one John Bradfield and one John Whitton who had the support of the Government of the day in the development of the Sydney Metropolitan and New South Wales Railways.

Sydney Harbour Bridge multiple uses

Sydney Harbour Bridge multiple uses










When the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened on 19 March 1932 by New South Wales Premier Jack Lang the deck contained a roadway that today is divided into six lanes.

The roadway was flanked by railway lines.

The tracks on the Western side carry electric passenger trains onto the North Shore Line.

The tracks on the Eastern side were initially intended to be used as part of the Northern Suburbs Railway to Brookvale.


Milsons Point Tram and Railway platforms flank the Bradfield Highway

Milsons Point Tram and Railway platforms flank the Bradfield Highway








The Lang Labor Government abandoned plans to build the Northern Suburbs Railway and so the Eastern side tracks became Tramway tracks for the North Sydney tram lines.

As tramway operations were ending the Eastern side tracks became road lanes and so now there are eight lanes that make up the Bradfield Highway.


Sydney Harbour Bridge known as "the Coat Hanger"

Sydney Harbour Bridge known as “the Coat Hanger”







Since opening day in 1932 the Sydney Harbour Bridge has grown in use and favour by all. In the 30 years before debate raged about whether or not a bridge should be built and what type of bridge would be constructed.

The opening day saw many ferry companies lose patronage overnight and the isolation that North Sydney had long suffered was at an end.

Built by Dorman Long and Co. the “Coat Hanger” is held together by rivets that were fitted manually.


Looking towards North Sydney as trams head towards the Eastern tracks of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Facing North Sydney as trams head towards the Eastern tracks of the Sydney Harbour Bridge












In order to pay off the debt that owed a toll was charged for motorists and animals alike. With the election of Nick Greiner as New South Wales Premier in 1988 the debt that owed on the bridge was paid off. The Roads and Traffic Authority couldn’t let an opportunity pass by and so the toll was retained.

It is without doubt a great source of personal pride that The Southern Thunderer Trademark® has finally been approved.


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