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Collins Street, looking east from Queens Street, Melbourne, 1883

Australia’s first stock exchange, located at Collins Street, looking east from Queens Street, Melbourne, 1883. In the 18 October 1852 issue of the ‘Argus’, Edward Khull listed 14 companies in which investors could buy shares. This was the first stock listing in Australia and led to the formation of the Melbourne Brokers Association, which traded from rented space in the


Bank of Australasia, Chiltern, c1880

The former Chiltern of the Bank of Australasia was designed by Anketell Matthew Henderson of Reed & Barnes Architects and constructed in 1877. The building was a fully operational branch of the Bank of Australasia until 1943 when it closed and became a private residence. The Bank building has also been an Italian Restaurant, the Mulberry Tree Tearooms/B&B and The


Gold Escort, Bathurst, 1872

During the Australian Gold Rush, escorts were required to transport gold – not totally unlike modern armoured vehicle transport. This photograph was taken in Bathurst in 1872. The first gold rush in Australia began in May 1851 after prospector Edward Hargraves with others claimed to have discovered payable gold near Orange, at a site called Ophir. Hargraves had been to


The Commercial Bank, Bourke, c1885

The Commercial Bank, Bourke, NSW, c1885. The town of Bourke is located in the north-west of New South Wales, Australia. Bourke is approximately 800 kilometres (500 mi) north-west of the state capital, Sydney, on the south bank of the Darling River. The Commercial Bank of Australia Limited (ironically abbreviated CBA) was an Australian and New Zealand retail bank which operated


City Bank of Sydney, Newtown Branch, 1892

City Bank of Sydney Newtown Branch, 1892. Pictured looking west from near Newtown Railway Station across from the intersection of King Street and Enmore Road. The City Bank of Sydney was formed in 1863 in New South Wales. The bank subsequently opened for business on 1st February 1864. The bank merged with the Australian Bank of Commerce Ltd in 1916,


The English, Scottish & Australian (ES&A) Bank, RSL Memorial Hall, Cleveland, 1940

The English, Scottish & Australian (ES&A) Bank in RSL Memorial Hall, Cleveland (SE Brisbane), 1940. This location in a side room of the RSL Memorial Hall in Cleveland. In 1921, the London Bank of Australia – which had operated agencies in Cleveland, Redland Bay and Wellington Point from Roma street in Brisbane – was absorbed into the English, Scottish and


Bank of Victoria, Beechworth, Victoria, 1877

This photograph depicts the Bank of Victoria on the corner of Camp and Ford Street, Beechworth, Victoria, 1877. This building was erected in 1867 to replace the former bank that was destroyed by a fire on the same site. This classical style structure was designed by architects Smith and Johnson who designed many of the public buildings in Melbourne and


London Chartered Bank of Australia, Brisbane, 1889

The London Chartered Bank of Australia (from 1893, the London Bank of Australia) was an English-run Australian bank which operated from 1852 to 1921. The bank was formed in October 1852, with the issuing of a prospectus and granting of a Royal Charter for a new London-based joint stock bank to operate in the colonies of New South Wales and


Union Bank, Launceston, 1867

Founded in London on September 1, 1837, the Union Bank of Australia Ltd. opened in Launceston in 1838. The first branch was established in Launceston, Tasmania (then, of course, Van Diemen’s Land) on May 1st, 1838, when the Tamar Bank was taken over. A branch at Hobart Town followed in early course. The taking over of the Tamar Bank was


Bank of Van Diemen’s Land, 3rd August 1891

Founded in 1823, the Bank of Van Diemen’s Land was the first commercial financial institution in Van Diemen’s Land, later the Colony of Tasmania. Nicknamed the ‘Old Bank’ , the Bank of Van Diemen’s Land traded for 68 years before becoming the first major bank failure of what would eventuate into the Australian banking crisis of 1893. The featured photgraph

Commbank Website, 1995

Commonwealth Bank’s First Website, 1995

A look back at the first Commonwealth Bank website back in 1995. Just two years later in 1997, and riddled with serious security holes, NetBank launched, offering 24-hour internet transaction banking services ” a first among the majors in Australian banking.


Sydney Panorama from Town Hall, 1973

Sydney panorama from Town Hall clock tower, George Street Sydney, 1873. From the Sydney archives, “One of nine photos making up a panorama. View south east along George Street towards Central and Surry Hills, showing St Andrews Cathedral at bottom right, Belmore Park, the Benevolent Asylum, Devonshire Cemetery and the Exhibition Building in distance in Prince Alfred Park. Signs on