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representing Officers and families of
The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited
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RSL Sub-branch

THE COMMERCIAL BANKING COMPANY OF SYDNEY LIMITED SUB-BRANCH
of
THE RETURNED & SERVICES LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA

1935 Sub-branch was chartered to preserve the comradeship of those staff who saw service in wars.

1946 Following their return from World War II, many ex-service members of the staff of The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited were involved in CBC RSL Sub-Branch. The Sub branch actively cared for its members. assisting in their rehabilitation and maintaining the bonds that they knew whilst in the forces.

A major activity was the establishment of a "Holiday Home" at Avalon which was made available to its members for holiday lettings. Meetings of the Sub- Branch were held at 343 George Street and many lady members of staff assisted with the catering for these gatherings and in other ways.

1951 April Avalon House was opened by GM A S Osborne.    The house  was made available to members and bank staff for holiday lettings.

1951 June issue of Current Accounts indicates that The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited RSL Sub-branch was operating between WW1 and WW2.  It also states that the Avalon Home was opened by General Manager A.S. Osborne in April 1951.  President was D C Parker & Alick Osborne GM for 10 years was patron of CBC RSL Sub-branch. Avalon home is booked till September.

19570101  # 12  Current Accounts page 35 “RSL NOTES”:- “July picnic BBQ  at RSL Holiday Home Avalon:-“: “100 or more members of the sub branch & Womens Auxiliary including Vic Paull & wife on retirement of Vic Paull, Mr & Mrs  Osborne, & Norma Harris president of the auxiliary had enjoyable BBQ refreshments & company of members and associates.”

19650701 Current Accounts # 29 page 21:-  W S (Jasper) Wright RSL Sub Br President Kingsford branch:-  
Donations 1964 more than 300 pounds 1965 to date 260 pounds.   269 officers have spent holidays in the house

19670101 Current Accounts page 42:-  
a) service in Korea was included, and b) there were 11 staff on active service in Vietnam & Malaysia including Messrs Shaw, Hancock, Bensley, Cain, Gaze, Pitman, Skinner, Trigg, Weymouth, OBryan, Stannard.

Meetings of the Sub- Branch were held at 343 George Street and many lady members of staff assisted with the catering for these gatherings and in other ways.

Avalon Beach Holiday Home was sold as the demands on it and the problems of continuing maintenance were becoming excessive.

The sale of the home meant that the Sub-Branch's bank balance grew.

CBC RSL Sub branch regularly supported charities such as the Salvation Army, Legacy and the R.S.L. Welfare and Benefit Institution.

1967 January Current Accounts page 42 states that service in Korea was included. At that time there were 11 staff on active service in Vietnam & Malaysia including Messrs Shaw, Hancock, Bensley, Cain, Gaze, Pitman, Skinner, Trigg, Weymouth, OBryan, Stannard.

NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK SUB-BRANCH
of
THE RETURNED & SERVICES LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA

19811001 CBC and the National Bank of Australasia (NBA) amalgamated and an invitation was extended to ex-service members of the NBA to join in CBC Sub branch activities.
Many joined and they played a vital part in the functioning of the Sub-Branch.

As the number of World War veterans declined. the Sub-Branch felt the loss of members.
Since many bankers retire to areas where they have served in the bank and become members of their local Sub-Branches, they are unaware that they may also become Associate Members of the NAB Sub-Branch.
The Sub branch would have welcomed them becoming Associate Members.

The Sub branch would have welcomed to membership those who were eligible for membership of the R.S.L. as a result of service in Vietnam or wherever Australian forces have been engaged.
As well the Sub branch would also have welcomed those whose eligibility arises through having served in the C.M.F. or other Reserve Forces.

2008 January the following were noted:

Ultimately. the "Holiday Home" was sold as the demands on it and the problems of continuing maintenance were becoming excessive. The sale of the home meant that the Sub-Branch's bank balance grew - and it still stands at a healthy figure. We regularly support charities such as the Salvation Army, Legacy and the R.S.L. Welfare and Benefit Institution.

When the C.B.C. and the National Bank amalgamated, an invitation was extended to ex-service members of the National to join in our activities. Many have done so and they have played a vital part in the functioning of the Sub-Branch.

As the number of World War veterans is declining. the Sub-Branch has felt the loss of members. However, it occurs to us that since many bankers retire to areas where they have served in the bank and become members of their local Sub-Branches, they are unaware that they may also become Associate Members of the NAB. Sub-Branch. We would welcome their becoming Associate Members.

Additionally, we would welcome to membership those who are eligible for membership of the R.S.L. as a result of service in Vietnam or wherever Australian forces have been engaged. As well we would also welcome those whose eligibility arises through having served in the C.M.F. or other Reserve Forces.

All members of the Sub-Branch, whether Full or Associate Members, are invited to participate in the meetings which are followed by lunch. They are held on the third Wednesday of every second month - February, April. June. August and October - at the Combined Services Club, 5-7 Barrack Street, Sydney at 12 noon. It is our custom to invite "The Ladies" to join us on the occasion of our June and December luncheons.

Those who are precluded by distance from attending meetings in Sydney. regularly receive an R.S.L. Diary and a welfare contribution with the suggestion that they take their lady out for a Christmas luncheon. They also receive the regular Newsletter posted every second month giving details of the next meeting to which they are invited. should they be in Sydney.

The Honorary Secretary of the Sub-Branch is John Love who would like to hear from any person who is eligible for membership. He may be contacted by 'phone (02) 4733 3805, by email (john_love1@bigpond.com) or by writing to him at 17 Rainbow Close, Glenmore Park NSW 2745.

An increased membership will defer the day that the Sub-Branch becomes defunct and any remaining funds are passed to R.S.L. Head-quarters. We look forward to an influx of new members.

President:              Bob Owens
Vice President:      David Clark

Treasurer:          Lindsay Huxley

2015 September: This organisation has been closed and is no longer on RSL HQ records.

John Love advised: Please note, all listed sub branch members were fully advised via meeting notices, of what was happening within the said sub branch, especially regarding the decline in ATTENDANCE of listed members, which left the sub branch executive the unfortunate decision to close the sub branch.  Relative funds were distributed to various RSL organisations, with RSL HQ approval; plus listed members were advised of the funds disposals, again via notice papers.  All relative sub branch records were lodged at RSL HQ as per their instructions.

The Sub-branch was closed at the end of financial year on 30th June 2014.

All members of the Sub-Branch, whether Full or Associate Members, were invited to participate in the meetings which were followed by lunch. They were held on the third Wednesday of every second month - February, April. June. August and October - at the Combined Services Club, 5-7 Barrack Street, Sydney at 12 noon.

It was the custom to invite "The Ladies" to join on the occasion of the June and December luncheons.

Those precluded by distance from attending meetings in Sydney. regularly received an R.S.L. Diary and a welfare contribution with the suggestion that they take their lady out for a Christmas luncheon.

They also received the regular Newsletter posted every second month giving details of the next meeting to which they were invited. should they be in Sydney.

The Honorary Secretary of the Sub-Branch was John Love who would have liked to hear from any person eligible for membership. John was contactable on john_love1@bigpond.com.

An increased membership would have deferred the day that the Sub-Branch became defunct and remaining funds passed to RSL Headquarters.

The Sub branch looked forward to an influx of new members.
Quorum for meetings was 5.

President:                                  Bob Owens possibly took over from Ian A Ramage
Vice President:                           David G Clark
Secretary:                                  Fred Harvison. Then Ian Ramage / John Love 
Treasurer for last 23 years:         Lindsay Huxley

1981 October 1 CBC/NAB merger became effective.

Fred Harvison said in CBC Officers Club Newsletter September 2018 (page 4) that NAB RSL Sub branch's Avalon holiday home was sold soon after the merger for around $90,000 by Bob Robson President, Fred Harvson Secretary, Peter Gurney Treasurer.

1984 Fred Harvison left the bank and resigned from NAB RSL Sub-branch.

2015 September Sub branch Secretary John Love advised :-  

 i.     Sub branch has been closed    
 ii.    all listed sub branch members were fully advised via meeting notices of what was happening within the sub branch
       especially regarding the decline in attendance  of listed members 
iii.    which left the sub branch executive the unfortunate decision to close the sub branch
iv.    Relative funds were distributed to various RSL organisations with RSL HQ approval plus listed members were advised of the funds disposals again via notice papers. 
v.     All relative sub branch records have been lodged at RSL HQ as per their instructions.  
vi.    The Sub-branch was closed at the end of financial year on 30th June 2014.

HD Brook (son of HE Brook Auditor, Inspector, NSW State Manager) was Vice President of CBC RSL Sub branch.

20160825 Thursday Rick Bensley said Gary Cane was in CBC RSL Sub branch

20160210 Fred Harvison was unaware of the demise of the CBC RSL sub branch which became NAB RSL Sub branch after the merger when NBA staff who served in the war were invited to join the amalgamated NAB Sub Branch. Ex NBA John Love was Secretary of NAB Sub branch when NAB RSL Sub branch became defunct through lack of interest.



 

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