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

Amalgamations

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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Archives

Documentation and Archives Centre

The Commonwealth Bank Documentation and Archives Centre serves our internal needs and supplies information to the public about the organisation’s history and operations.

The centre 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

For a detailed description of the Documentation and Archives Centre download the summary guide.

You can contact the centre by email archives@cba.com.au

By prior arrangement, appointments can be made to consult some materials on site.

Commonwealth Bank Documentation and Archive Centre
133-141 Liverpool Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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