Saturday 10 January 2009

Bridges, Change and Technology

As we all know, the pace of technology change is unstoppable and this weekend marks a historic moment for the Sydney Harbour Bridge as it goes completely cashless this weekend. The Sydney Morning Herald has recorded the stories of the human toll collectors in words, pictures and audio - one of the last operators has spent the last 24 years collecting bridge tolls.

If you are interested in this kind of thing there is a great 1970s short film on YouTube all about Sydney's public transport from the Film Australia Library, called Ticket to Sydney:

We might not be able to stop change, but I appreciate the role of technology in helping us to capture but also now share these kinds of social history records.

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