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T.A. Dibbs

1847 Thomas Allbright Dibbs joined CBCofS at George Street near King Street
1861 Dibbs TA opens first Bank in Cooma in two small rooms of the Lord Raglan Hotel
1867 Dibbs TA becomes GM of CBCofS for 48 years until he retired
1892 A beautifully made illuminated address book  was a gift from staff to their General Manager as he was leaving to go on a European holiday. The book has an ornate marble cover and is richly illustrated and inscribed. A list of contributors is also included and presents us with a cross-section of the senior staff at the time. See below.
1915 Sir Thomas worked for the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney for a total of 68 years until his retirement in 1915.
1923 Sir TA Dibbs passed away after honorary director - 76 years service in all.

T.A. Dibbs illuminated address:


2018 January Ian Holston advised: You will recall Sir Thomas Dibbs bequeathing his home Graithwaite at North Sydney to the state to look after return service men and women. In 2009 the then state Labor government sold off the property despite many protests even from some retired CBC Officers. The building was sold to the Shore School for the sum of $35.2 million dollars and to their credit they have refurbished the building to its original state and is now used as an administration building for the school and a museum. It is interesting to note that Sir Thomas Dibbs was on a panel that recommended to the Anglican Church that they build the school in its present location. Hugh Massie’s two sons attended the school and played in the first X1 .


Whilst in Sydney last week I overheard a positive conversation that they had experienced superb rehab facilities at Graithwaite Rehab Centre at Ryde Hospital. On further research the centre was built at a cost of $41 million from the proceeds of the above sale and opened by Minister Skinner in 2013. AS she was then the member for North Sydney she was pleased that the Dibb’s family had been honoured in such a way. There are rooms named after Mr. Dibbs and also the Graithwaite  room. All worth Googling.


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