Bridging Sydney & Lennie The Legend
Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony
This is the inspiring true story of nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther who, at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, rode his pony from his home town of Leongatha in rural Victoria to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Lennie’s 1,000-kilometre solo journey captured the imagination of the nation, and his determination and courage provided hope to many at a difficult time in Australia’s history.
Lennie the Legend begins with a terrible accident on the family farm, when Lennie, remarkably at such a young age, takes on the responsibility for the ploughing. Lennie is obsessed with the marvel of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and, as a reward for saving the farm from missing the planting season, his parents grant him his wish to ride on his own to Sydney for the opening of the bridge. Lennie has all sorts of adventures along the way—a thief lurking in the bush in the dead of night, a raging bushfire, surprise appearances, celebrations in his honour, being the star of a newsreel, and meeting the Prime Minister.
210mm x 190mm
From the earliest concepts for a harbour crossing to the complexities of its construction, the story of the bridge is one that has touched many lives around the world. A remarkable feat of engineering, it signified Australia's industrial and social maturity. The bridge's construction, completed during the Depression, had a dramatic impact on the city, destroying communities and buildings in its path yet at the same time providing jobs and heralding a new and more prosperous era of urban planning, mass transport and technology.
This publication is illustrated with images from public and private collections, including plans, photographs and works of art by Grace Cossington Smith, Will Ashton, Jessie Traill, Harold Cazneaux, Henri Mallard and others.Published 2006
310mm x 260mm