The Commonwealth Bank was founded under the Commonwealth Bank Act in 1911 and commenced operations in 1912, empowered to conduct both savings and general banking business. Today, we’ve grown to a business with more than 800,000 shareholders and 52,000 people working in the Commonwealth Bank Group. We offer a full range of financial services to help all Australians build and manage their finances.
“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
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