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

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Chronology

The Commercial Banking Co of Sydney Ltd Sub-branch of The Returned Services League of Australia Sub branch:-

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

b) 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.

c) The Sub branch actively cared for its members. assisting in their rehabilitation and maintaining the bonds that they knew whilst in the forces.

d) A major activity was the purchase of land & the establishment of a "Holiday Home" at Avalon.

1951 April Avalon House was opened by GM A S Osborne.

The house  was made available to members and bank staff for holiday lettings.

1965 07 01 Current Accounts # 29 page 21:-

i.     W S (Jasper) Wright RSL Sub Br President Kingsford branch:-

ii.   Donations 1964 more than 300 pounds 1965 to date 260 pounds

iii.  269 officers have spent holidays in the house

1957 01 # 12  Current Accounts page 35 “RSL NOTES”:-

1.  “July picnic BBQ  at RSL Holiday Home Avalon:-“:-

2.  “100 or more members of the sub branch & Womens Auxiliary including :-

3.  Vic Paull & wife on retirement of Vic Paull,

4.  Mr & Mrs  Osborne, & Norma Harris president of the auxiliary had enjoyable BBQ refreshments & company of members and associates.”
 

1957 07 current accounts #13 page 48 states for 10 years CBC RSL Sub branch:-

1.  President was D C Parker

2.  Patron was Alick Osborne GM

3.  Avalon home is booked till September.

1967 01 Current Accounts page 42:-

a) service in Korea was included

b) there were 11 staff on active service in Vietnam & Malaysia including Messrs:-

1. Shaw,

2. Hancock,

3. Bensley,

4. Cain, (20160825 Thursday Rick Bensley said Gary CANE was in CBC RSL Sub branch)

5. Gaze,

6. Pitman,

7. Skinner,

8. Trigg,

9. Weymouth,

10. OBryan,

11. 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.

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

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.

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.

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 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 (02) 4733 3805,  (john_love1@bigpond.com) 17 Rainbow Close, Glenmore Park NSW 2745. (John & hiswife have since moved at a retirement home in ACT to be closer to their children).

An increased membership would have deferred the day that the Sub-Branch became defunct and remaining funds passed to R.S.L. Head-quarters.

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

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 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

v.       listed members were advised of the funds disposals again via notice papers.

vi.      All relative sub branch records have been lodged at RSL HQ as per their instructions.

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

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

Contributed by John Beer Sep. 2016

Last modified: 20/09/2017 17:28

 

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