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The Opera House: the extraordinary story of the building that symbolises Australia -- the people, the secrets, the scandals and the sheer genius / Peter FitzSimons.

The Opera House: the extraordinary story of the building that symbolises Australia -- the people, the secrets, the scandals and the sheer genius / Peter FitzSimons.
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Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
725.822/FIT
Australiana   Taree . On Loan . 24 May 2022
725.822/FIT
Australiana   Gloucester . On Hold-G .  
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ISBN 9780733641336
Shelf Location 725.822/FIT
Author FitzSimons, Peter author.
Title The Opera House : the extraordinary story of the building that symbolises Australia -- the people, the secrets, the scandals and the sheer genius / / Peter FitzSimons.
Publication Details Sydney, NSW.: 2022. Hachette Australia,,
©2022.
Collation xxxii, 560 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : : illustrations (some colour) ; ; 24 cm. ;
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Abstract/Summary The Sydney Opera House is a breathtaking building, recognised around the world as a symbol of modern Australia. Along with the Taj Mahal and other World Heritage sites, it is celebrated for its architectural grandeur and the daring and innovation of its design. It showcases the incomparable talents involved in its conception, construction and performance history. But this stunning house on Bennelong Point also holds many secrets and scandals. In his gripping biography, Peter FitzSimons marvels at how this magnificent building came to be, details its enthralling history and reveals the dramatic stories and hidden secrets about the people whose lives have been affected, both negatively and positively, by its presence. He shares how a conservative 1950s state government had the incredible vision and courage to embark on this nation-defining structure; how an architect from Denmark and construction workers from Australia and abroad invented new techniques to bring it to completion; how ambition, betrayal, professional rivalry, sexual intrigue, murder, bullying and breakdowns are woven into its creation; and how it is now acknowledged as one of the wonders and masterpieces of human ingenuity. In The Opera House, Peter FitzSimons captures the extraordinary stories around this building that are as mesmerising as the light catching on its white sails.
Subject Architecture -- Australia -- History -- 20th century
Architecture -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- History -- 20th century
Theatres -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- History
Theatres -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- Design and construction
Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
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