Our history at a glance

First Sydney branch

“Precisely at 10 o’clock yesterday morning, the doors of the Commonwealth Savings Bank in Moore Street were thrown open for business in the presence of a large number of spectators, including the Prime Minister Andrew Fisher.”

The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 13 January 1913

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Moore Street


The Group has been involved in many mergers. Some pre-date the establishment of the Commonwealth Bank itself.

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Huonville post office 1913

Past leaders

  • Chairmen of the Board
  • Governors, Managing Directors & Chief Executive Officers

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  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia Group Archives.

    The Group Archives serves our internal needs and supplies information to the public about the organisation’s history and operations.

    The Group Archives houses information about the Commonwealth Bank and other financial institutions whose archives have come to us as a result of amalgamations (including Colonial Mutual Limited and the Rural Bank of New South Wales).

    Sources of information include:

    • Annual reports and other publications (including brochures, posters and advertising materials)
    • Records about the Commonwealth Bank’s current and former properties
    • Records about our organisational structure and staffing
    • Photographs of people, events and buildings
    • Ledgers, registers and commercial records
    • Memorabilia including currency, uniforms, furniture, safes, moneyboxes and gold scales
    • An archive of employee magazines, corporate history files, terms and conditions, product disclosure statements and circulars
    • Film, video, and other fragile audio-visual materials

    The Archives also have an exhibition gallery, The Vault, located at our South Eveleigh, Sydney office.

    To consult records held by the Group Archives or to arrange a visit to The Vault please contact the Group Archives by email at archives@cba.com.au 

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia Group Archives.
    1 Davy Road, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015