representing Officers and families of
The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited
and its subsidiaries & affiliates.





City S

Southern branch
681 George Street

In course of erection 1873 (51st Report );
operating in 1892. 

Early photo courtesy K Meyer, taken by his father-in-law, Charles Wiseheart, ex Mgr Nowra.

Later to be known as Haymarket branch.

2006 photo of ex-CBC (now City of Sydney Haymarket Library) by John Beer.
2006 photo of later branch (opposite Haymarket Library, now Bank of China) by John Beer.
Staff Training Centre,
Kings Cross


1957 Established above Broadway branch.
Set up initially at 11 Broadway under management of Mr RG (Bob Taylor) who supervised moving to adjacent to Kings Cross branch.
1958 Transferred to Kings Cross.

1971 February Caroline Moore in November 2017 sent  photo taken at the CBC Kings Cross Tellers School of the graduating female tellers of that year. Back row: Peter Wall (teacher),  Shona Pryke (Chatswood branch), Caroline Moore (Maitland), Margaret Chapman (Cooma), Pam Blow (35 Pitt St), Elaine Wall (Cowra), Mr.Phelan (teacher);
Front row: Annette Sneesby (West Wyalong), Rosemary Kerr (Broadway), Mr. Street (teacher), Cathy McDonald (City Tatts), Heather Wigby (Manly). She also sent in a newpaper clipping from the Maitland Mercury, March, 1971 re her appointment as one of the first female tellers.

Photos from Current Accounts July 1974

1977 Due to outgrowing the available space, Kings Cross Training Centre was closed in December, 1976.

See also Training and Recruitment Centre for N.S.W (below).


Stock Exchange,
105 Pitt Street

CBC branch was in the grey building 103-105 Pitt Street at left of photo by John Beer, with a laneway between it and the NBA on the corner.
1977 listed in Annual Report.
This branch would have been amalgamated into the NBA which is now the NAB on the corner of Pitt & Hunter  Streets in the front of the photo.
Sydney Stationery Store
13A Union St, Pyrmont

Pyrmont 1975 (pictured in Current Accounts Jan 1976)
Replacement to 35 Macquarie Street Store and garage in 1975.
Sydney University



Pictured is the old Head Office building after extensions in 1866, the facade of which became the front of the branch.  Hilley designed the original 343 George Street Sydney C.B.C. Bank building built in the 1850s and now at Sydney University.

1981-05-01 Current Accounts Vol 3 # 1 pg 32 :-
"At the request of Professor Leslie  Wilkinson (Australia's 1st Professor of Architecture & Dean of the Faculty at Sydney Uni) CBCofS donated the original facade to Sydney Uni to provide additional accommodation for the Chemistry Department & to serve as an illustration of Gothic architecture.
1938-07-11 CBCofS opened a campus branch in front portion of "Bank Building".

Housed since 1938 in a building dating back to the 1850s.  Bill Frost advises: The front facade of this building was that of the old Head Office building donated by the Bank when the new building was erected in 1924. I think this is covered in “A Century of Banking”

1965 approx photo by Bob Handel.

1965 September: The named chaps in this photo were members of Staff at Sydney University Branch (except Tom Byrne) to play a friendly game against staff of the University, somewhere in Marrickville. Pictures scanned from slides provided by Dave Shaw in 2009.
back row John Ness, Tom Byrne, unknown, Bob Handel, Charlie Wulff, Dave Shaw, Bill Byrne
front row Bill Peel, unknown, Neville Howell, Doug Tait, unknown, unknown.

1975 Listed in Annual Report.
1975 Travel Department commenced (from Current Accounts January 1977).
1982 Colour photo from NAB staff brochure "Building a better bank ..."

2009 July John Beer advised "No sign of any branch in 'Bank Building' Science Rd Sydney University. Wentworth Building 3rd Floor contains nab where Teller said the current Sydey University nab branch transferred from Science Rd 'Bank Building'."

2014 August Mike Hook advised: The façade was placed on the front & side of The Pharmacy Building, Science Rd. Where the Bank operated for decades until NAB closed (one of our most prestigous branches) in about 2000. The Univerity was the oldest continuous customer the combined Bank had ... since 1854.  Hopefully they retained the connection & can service the University , staff & students thru Wentworth Building Branch. 

See below for Wentworth Building agency/branch and Manning House agency

Sydney University branch, Wentworth Building branch and Manning House agency are all closed, and the Commonwealth Bank in the Men's Union building is also.

Sydney University
Manning House Agency
 In the early 1960s an agency of Sydney University branch was operated in a corner of the Womens' Union cafeteria. John Ness used to operate a lunchtime service there.  One had to go beside the ladies change rooms to access a phone in order to contact the branch.

Last modified: 29/04/2020

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