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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

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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

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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,

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Bank of NSW Tent, West Wyalong Goldfields, c1893

A Bank of New South Wales ‘tent branch’ in the goldfields at West Wyalong, c1893. At the time, it was normal for ‘Branch Managers’ to be issued with dogs, a gun, and strong boxes! The year was 1816, and Australia was divided into different British colonies. The colonies traded with each other and foreign merchants under a barter system. At

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Bank of NSW, Melbourne, c1870

The Bank of NSW, Melbourne, c1870. The Head Office building of The Bank of New South Wales was designed by prolific Melbourne architect Joseph Reed and constructed at 368″374 Collins St, Melbourne, in 1856″1857. The faade of the Bank of New South Wales building is prized as a leading example of mid nineteenth century Renaissance Revival architecture in Melbourne. Structural

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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

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Australian Joint Stock Bank, Toowoomba, c1905

Australian Joint Stock Bank, Toowoomba, ca. 1905. TheAustralian Joint Stock Bankwas a bank in Australia. It operated from 1852 to 1910 (issuing its first banknotes in 1862). In 1910, AJSB became known as theAustralian Bank of Commerceand then was taken over by theBank of New South Wales (now Westpac) in 1931. .