John EDWARDS (8/2005):
Passed away in August. John did not join our Group, but was well-known from his time at Head Office. He was an economist, lived at Ashfield, and spent some time at Macquarie Bank. John was single and very interested in cricket. He was active in the Ashfield Catholic Club.
David Cowper spoke of John at the September 2005 meeting - he was in the Chief Accountant's department, a hard worker on whom one could rely for difficult assignments, very social.
John Armstrong ENGLAND
This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, (MUP), 2007 by Paul A. Rosenzweig
John Armstrong England (1911-1985), farmer and grazier, politician, and administrator of the Northern Territory, was born on 12 October 1911 at Clayfield, Brisbane, third of five children of New South Wales-born parents Sidney Willis England, accountant, and his wife Jane McLelland, née Fisher. Raised at Murwillumbah, New South Wales, John was educated at the local public school and at Brisbane Boys’ College. He worked (1928-35) for the Commercial Banking Co. of Australia Ltd, in Sydney and at Forbes. In 1936-41 he managed Wilga, a sheep and wheat farm near Grenfell. On 16 December 1939 at Holy Trinity Church of England, Grenfell, he married Polly Wills Wheatley.
From 1929 England was also a citizen-soldier, serving in Militia artillery and cavalry units and being commissioned in 1931. Called up for full-time duty on 23 June 1941, next year he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and placed in command of the 110th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. In August he transferred to the Australian Imperial Force. He commanded two composite anti-aircraft regiments: the 52nd (1943-45) at Merauke, Netherlands New Guinea, and the 2/3rd (1945-46) in north Borneo. As commander of North East Borneo Force in October 1945, he oversaw the surrender of Japanese in the region. He was transferred to the Reserve of Officers on 28 February 1946 and mentioned in despatches for his service in Borneo.
England returned to Wilga, and bought it in 1947. At a by-election in November 1960 he entered Federal parliament as the Country Party member for the formerly Liberal seat of Calare. Party whip in 1972-75, he did not contest the general election in December 1975. On 1 June 1976 he took up the appointment of administrator of the Northern Territory. Darwin was then recovering from the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Tracy in December 1974, and the Territory was pursuing political autonomy from Canberra. He assumed presidency of the Legislative Assembly, a fully elected body from 1974, and oversaw ceremonies marking the proclamation of self-government on 1 July 1978. Respected by local politicians, and using his contacts among Commonwealth ministers and senior public servants, he alleviated Darwin-Canberra tensions from behind the scenes. However, some, including the chief minister, Paul Everingham, saw him as a legacy of the Commonwealth era at a time when the Northern Territory was asserting its independence. In 1977 he was appointed commander brother of the Order of St John and made inaugural patron of the St John Council for the Northern Territory.
Appointed CMG in 1979, England retired in December 1980 and settled at Grenfell. Six ft 4 ins (193 cm) tall, he was naturally diplomatic and had a good sense of humour. He was remembered in the Territory for maintaining the dignity of his office. In 1981 he was elected secretary of the federal council of the National Country Party of Australia. Survived by his wife and their daughter and three sons, he died on 18 June 1985 at Grenfell and was cremated. At his funeral he was described as `a man of integrity … upright and forthright; who no doubt used his physical stature to good advantage. Yet he was humble of character and regarded duty as a privilege’.
May 2017 John Beer advised:
As Manager CBC Darwin I had met him in the Bank.
I was Treasurer of Arafura Bowls & Social Club Darwin which rebuilt collapsed club house which in 1977 John England
officially reopened the new building whilst I was Treasurer and I met with him on that occasion.
Ian FAIRJONES (2/2012)
Darryl Semmler advised: I only read it myself in the herald this morning and have not really spoken to him for 5-6years but I am a little in shock and will attend his funeral on tuesday.
Ken Ryan advised: I knew him but havent seen him for years.
Les FARRAND (2005)
Passed away in 2005. Les had only in recent months joined our Group. He lived over Greenwich way I think. Les spent a lot of time in HO (Bill Dept?) he was also on the relieving Staff for many years. (7/05)
Noel Crowley spoke of him at the September 2005 meeting. He joined the bank on 8/3/1920 at Cowra and was married to Paula.
Les was born on 0/3/1920 and joined the Bank at Cowra and retired from Head Office Overseas on 10/04/1980. During the intervening period he saw service at Wingham, Bogan Gate, Werris Creek, Haymarket, Stock Exchange, Lane Cove, and Broadway. During World War II he saw service in the RAAF – a “Fly Boy” – as a Wireless Operator/ Rear Gunner.
Once he retired he did “lots of travelling” – his widow, Paula – says he had a good retirement and travelled extensively within Australia. Although Paula is not a CBC office she is the daughter of a banker – Bank of Australasia Ltd – and she tells us that her father had said if she or her sister married a “banker” he would shoot them, although she is unsure if he meant the proposed husband or the daughter. As her father had passed away before she married, she never did find out which one he meant!
Denis FINSELBACH (14/10/2008)
Ian FLOYD (7/2/2012)
John Hutchieson advised on 7th February 2012 "I have some more sad news that I would like you to pass on to the CBC faithful. Ian floyd passed away this morning at home. Cause of death is unknown at this stage as an autopsy is to be carried out. Apparently his son heard him fall in the bathroom early this morning and found him with a bad cut on the head from a fall. May have had a heart attack. Naturally brother John is quite upset. Notices regarding the funeral may not appear in the press until next week after the autopsy. There will be a lot of ex bankers who will remember both Ian and John the boys from Ouyen, particularly those who were around in the 60's and 70's."
Reginald Clarence FORD (14/10/2008)
1916 / 1917 born
1934 R C Ford joined CBCofS Lismore
1936 to Queensland
1940s 4 years in Army
NSW relieving staff
Manager 1954 Quilpie, 1956 Stanthorpe, 1959 Rockhampton
Assistant Inspector HO
1970 Divisional Mgr Melbourne
19750801 Insce & Banking Record lists R C Ford Divisional Mgr Victoria
19770108 R C Ford Div Mgr Vic retired to play bowls golf & do some fishing (19770701 Current Accounts Pg 79)
19840227 died at hospital aged 67.
(19840301 SMH Death & Funeral Notice)
late of Port Macquarie formerly of Mount Albert Melbourne
husband of Meg, brother of Bill, Betty & Colin
19840302 funeral Northern Suburbs Crematorium
Graham Patterson FOULCHER (17/12/1999)
Jack GARDNER (18/10/1973)
Wal GEORGE (10/12/2004):
Doug GIBSON's wife passed away (8/05)
Judith GORDON (22/8/2014)
John GORRIE (2/12/2005):
John died from prostate cancer aged 68years, leaving wife Marion, 4 children, and 11 grandchildren.
John started in the bank at the age of 15 yrs at Grafton NSW. Some other branches he worked at in NSW were Belligen, Canowindra, Carcoar, Yass and Coonamble. He moved to Perth WA in 1973 to open Midland Branch where he stayed until 1986 when he left and opened up a second hand shop, which was very successful. He then opened a Pawn Broking Shop which he built up and it has become the largest of its kind in Perth. It is now run by his wife Marion and family. Marion is doing well she says she misses John terribly but she sounded happy and positive on the phone and she said her family keep her going and she was very busy at work.
(This Obituary is by courtesy of Harry (the Broker) and Christine Deacon. Thank you Harry and Christine)
Mary GRACIE (9/2008)
Kerri Kleidon advises: "I've had a phone call today to say a Mary Gracie has died and she is being buried out at St George, Q on Friday. Now her name is familiar to me, and apparently she did work in Sydney. She was 77 years old.
John Ness remembers Mary working at Head Office in the 1960s. She was a very nice person.
Leo William GREGSON (15/4/2008):
Kevin Meyer advises: Leo's death announcement in the SMH 20/4/08. Funeral at Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Monday at 11.45. I shall be there!! Leo iwas for many years secretary of CBC Retireds and I think the first Secretary of NAB Retireds. He is also the father of Sandra Ross of 2GB gardening show.
John Beer advises: Leo lived in Alexandria above the branch and was later Manager Ashfield, then Director Fernleigh Castle Training College.
Manager Sydney University, Senior Auditor, Regional Manager Sydney North Western Suburbs
Retired to Wamberal in 1983. Passed away 15 April 2008 aged 86
Leo's father JWK Gregson, his son Steven William, and his wife's sister Cheryl Harrison were all CBC officers. See Family Connections for details.
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