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Receiving Office of Weethalle


c.1925 railway arrived at Rankins Springs.(Since closed).

19270630 to 1931/19320630 Annual CBCofS Reports showed receiving offices conducted from Weethalle branch at Erigolia & Rankins Springs.

No doubt conducted on same  day.  Advised by John Beer in May 2016


Raymond Terrace

Cnr William & Port Stephens Streets

1888 premises



1888 opened in first photo premises; rent 10 shillings per week. Front room of a dress makers premises.  Photographed in 2007 by Harold Wood.

1891 Bank purchased its first owned building in Raymond Terrace, cnr. William & Port Stephens Street, from Dr JBH Meredith for 1,650. Alterations were made to the newly brought premises, which served for nearly 30 years.  Copy of photo sourced by Harold Wood from Cynthia Hunter, historian from the Raymond Terrace Historical Society Image Collection.

1893 January Listed in 89th Report;

1920 the timber building was replaced with a brick building. 

1934 Listed in Century of Banking.

c1980 The banking chamber was enlarged in the late 70s or early 80s.

2005 photo as NAB by Harold Wood (Manager from May 1985 from where he was transferred to a Manager Internal Audit)

290 Windsor Street





Opened 1878 (60th Report);

1893 January Listed in 89th Report;

1934 Listed in Century of Banking

1985 April 19 Manager Jim A Harborne retired after service of 42 years and 10 months (from NAB Gen Circ 2575 16 Apr 1985).

2002 April 11 in The Age: Banking on a rural myth
I am somewhat bemused by claims that the National Australia Bank is the farmers' traditional bank. That was the CBC Bank, which had 30 per cent of its business in the bush, and was swallowed up by the NAB in 1982.
Since then, the NAB has done its level best to obliterate any traces of the CBC, including service to rural and regional communities.
The latest round of rural branch closures by the NAB simply continues this apparent contempt.  Robert McKenzie, Richmond

2007 February photos of:
Mansfield plaque,
Richmond branch, 
centenary plaque, 
Richmond residence from side,
and stables by John Beer.

2008 April. Jean Turnbull who lives in Richmond NSW tells me that the NAB (in the old CBC Building) is closing in Richmond. I don't know just when the CBC opened in Richmond but I venture to suggest it would have been over 100 years ago. I can't imagine why they would close there. It is a thriving & expanding town as far as I know.  John Munro.  John Beer says "There is a NAB ATM in a Richmond shopping centre.

NAB branch to close BY JUSTINE GEAKE  The Gazette 13/03/2008 1:42:57 PM
THE Richmond branch of National Australia Bank will close on May 23, with the future of the seven staff still up in the air.
NAB spokesperson Kerrina Lawrence said on Monday the closure was prompted by "a reduction in traffic at that branch" and the fact that the bank's lease would soon expire. "NAB has about 800 branches Australia-wide and channels resources where they're needed most," she said. Ms Lawrence said the NAB was "looking to re-deploy the staff but as yet there are no firm plans". "The branch staff have been communicated with, and customers will be sent letters in the near future," she said. When Richmond closes, the nearest NAB branch for Hawkesbury customers will be Windsor, a 'full service' branch. The next closest is Rouse Hill, which opened last year. Ms Lawrence said older customers seeking face-to-face banking could use the banking facility at Richmond Post Office (called Bank@Post).
Bank@Post allows customers to make deposits and withdrawals and check account balances.

The closure of the branch will end almost 130 years of banking history on that Windsor Street site. It was built as a Commercial Banking Corporation (CBC) bank in 1880.
The Gazette contacted the owner of the building, Mrs Maggie Kable, about the closure of the branch, but The Gazette's call was the first she'd heard of the branch's closure. When asked what she might do with the building once it was empty, she said she would put it in the hands of an agent to lease.
Finance Sector Union secretary Geoff Derrick said on Friday the union was concerned about jobs for the branch's staff. "There will be discussions with the bank soon to seek guaranteed re-deployment within the local area," he said. "We expect some capacity for re-deployment into Windsor (branch). NAB is a big enough bank to absorb all these jobs without redundancies." He said that up to 2005, NAB had been consistently reducing its branch numbers between 1996 and 2005 it had a national net reduction of 333 branches. "Their public strategy is to pretend it isn't happening," he said. He said the branches closed hadn't been losing money they simply had not been making enough of a profit.

North Richmond Community Bank chairman of the board Bob McCallum said it was the trend of banks closing branches in the 1990s that led to the community bank phenomenon. "We were number 78 to open nationally in 2002 now there are about 210 branches nationally," he said.



2008 August One of the finest buildings in the Hawkesbury. The former National Australia Bank building (circa 1880) in the centre of town. Grand and imposing stucco brick Victorian Italianate building with many original features, enormous character. Five open fireplaces and high, decorative ceilings. Large downstairs reception room (approx 90 square metres) and multiple offices. Upstairs residence with office space and decorative verandahs. Original brick barn and stables in excellent condition. Open courtyard with lovely old trees. Approx 1220 square metres. Zoned commercial, and in a prominent main street corner position. Excellent Opportunity for many uses.

Auction on-site, 1pm Friday 12 September 2008. Inspect with Michael Bennett. Bennett Commercial 02 4578 1234.

2008 photos from Bennett Property website, identified by Phil Pitkin.

2011 Now "The Bank Bazaar" cafe.  Click here for article from Sydney Morning Herald Good Living 6 December 2011.


2020 May Peter Beaumont advised it is available to purchase.  See For Sale for more details.

70 Illawarra Highway





1887 Opened (79th Report);
1893 January Listed in 89th Report;

1927 photo by Frank Chapman who commenced work there on 10/1/1927 receiving 50 salary and 40 Living Away from Home allowance.  Mr. Darvall, later General Manager, came to audit the branch.

1934 Listed in Century of Banking;
1939 Bill Frost advised that it was closed during 1939/45 war as rationalisation of banking war measure and not reopened.

Listed in 1977 annual report as receiving office of Moss Vale.
At CBC Staff retirement farewell in Barrack Street Club on retirement, Frank S Robertson, Sub-Inspector, said he joined CBC Bank at Robertson

2009 July Google Earth image sourced by Geoff Chapman
2020 May photo also sourced by Geoff Chapman.

2021 August for sale

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