Groot, who was an active member of the Political Party - New Guard,
believed that the only person to open a Bridge of such importance
should be a member of the Royal family. He was dismayed when it
was announced that Premier Lang would officially open the bridge.
De Groot's attempt to stop Lang from opening the Bridge, he arrived
at the ceremony on horseback and positioned himself quite close
to where the ribbon had been stretched. Just prior to Premier
Lang arriving, De Groot galloped forward and slashed the ribbon
with his sword. He declared the Bridge open in the name of the
"decent citizens of New South Wales".
to say, De Groot was arrested and taken to a psychiatric hospital.
He was later declared sane, but fined 5 pounds and charged for
offensive behaviour in a public place.
the De Groot incident, the ribbon was tied together, and the ceremony
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