59 High Street
|The first brick building was constructed in 1858 by the Bank of New South Wales with Price of Castlemaine as the architect. The adjoining residence was added in 1864 when a number of alterations were made to the building. A gold smelter was built by the bank in 1866 on the northern side and existed until 1936. The building was rendered some time before 1870 and parapets added. The building was purchased in the late 1940's by the Commercial Banking Company, later the National Bank and continued as a bank until 1998.|
1934 Listed in Century of Banking;
1975 Listed in Annual Report
1998 NAB closed.
2009 Geoff Chapman advises: Waller Realty offering Maldon Vic $695,000
EX Bank of NSW, the Bank of Victoria, CBC post 1927, nab 1982, closed 1998. I have Google Earth images saved as draft to send you 13/9
ORIGINAL BANK & RESIDENCE circa 1856
4 bedroom home for sale in Maldon
Former Bank of NSW and Managers Residence.
This unique and historic Victorian building was designed by architect Alfred Price and constructed from solid brick around 1856.
This is a very versatile commercial property, which could be used as gracious Victorian home with separate apartment, one large residence or as retail/residence combined.
The property consists of the Bank Chambers being two large rooms, a kitchen, the original Chubb strong room and Chubb safe within. Features include original timber and slate floors, tall ceilings, fireplace, pressed metal ceiling and reverse cycle air conditioning.
The elegant and tastefully restored residence has a large sitting room with period fireplace and Coalbrookdale cast iron wood stove. The new kitchen has a dishwasher and stainless steel oven. There are four bedrooms one with ensuite, and reverse cycle air conditioning to the main bedroom. The main central bathroom has a shower over large corner bath, a toilet, bidet and vanity, plus there is a separate powder room with toilet and vanity across the hallway. Other features include Hydronic heating, installed throughout the home, timber floors, ornate cornices and fireplaces. A private paved courtyard adjoins the Bank Chambers and Residence with access to the Main Street via a timber gate. The large grounds also offer a garage, shedding, outside toilet and washbasin, large parking area and scope for further development (STCA). Set in a prime position in Maldon's bustling commercial and tourist precinct makes this truly a Golden opportunity.
Close to:Bendigo: 32km (direct line)
Ballarat: 66km (direct line)
Melbourne: 121km (direct line)
2010 May. The following information and three photos have been supplied by Barry Reid, who advises:
My grandfather, my father and one of my uncles were all managers of the Bank of Victoria (mainly in country branches).
My father was the manager of the Bank of Victoria at Maldon, Victoria, from September 1930 until March 1932. At that time, the bank was located on the corner of High Street and Main Street, which was known locally as "Bank Corner" (the bank was replaced by a service station c1950s) and the residence, known as "Glendonald" (which still stands) was located in High Street (but it is not the one shown on your website).
I have a photo of the bank taken on 12 November 1918 and one of the residence taken c1995.
The 1918 photo of the bank is an interesting one in that it shows the importance of "Bank Corner" in the life of the townspeople of Maldon. As I said before, the photo was taken on 12 November 1918 and shown a crowd of people gathering to celebrate the end of "the war to end all wars". The photo was lent to me by a Maldon shopkeeper so that I could scan it. He didn't know me from a bar of soap but was kind enough to entrust it to me - quite amazing.
One of the photos of "Glendonald" came form the website <http://www.pbase.com/richdeb/maldon_town_historic_walk> and the other from a regional tourist brochure. Unfortunately, the second one is rather small but it does show more of the house than the first one. According to two of my sisters (who had lived there) it was a "very comfortable" house.
I have been to Maldon many times but I can't recall the building that you have on your website. However, I will try to get there some time in the future to see if I can find it. I do know, however, that it was not being used by the bank as either a banking chamber or a residence at the time that my father was manager there. At that time the manager lived at Glendonald and the accountant at the bank itself. Apparently, the bank was a two-man operation.
Some time ago, I was able to obtain, from the National Australia Bank Group Archives, a detailed account of the careers of my grandfather and my father, including a photocopy of a photo of the staff of the bank at the Ballarat branch c1910. My grandfather was the manager at Ballarat from 17 April 1902 to 30 June 1920 when he retired (after 51 year's, 3 month's and 29 day's service and aged 73!). I have also been able to find quite a lot of information about my grandfather's career from local country newspapers. It is interesting that he was appointed to his first branch (Murchison, Victoria) as manager at the tender age of 25 and after just over 3 years in the bank's service. He was the first bank manager (of any bank) in Murchison and was, apparently, a major influence in advancing the prosperity of the area.