Ian RAMAGE (1926-11/2007)
Enthusiast who kept North Shore history alive. Local expert … Ian Ramage was passionate about Wahroonga.
Photo: Elizabeth Dobbie
Article in SMH November 3, 2007
Having noticed a letter to the editor Ian Ramage had penned to the local paper correcting a point of history, a young schoolteacher enlisted his help. She asked him to write a description of the interesting things that children could see on a walk around the block from Wahroonga Public School.
From that time on, as he notes modestly in the introduction to his first book, he was deemed to be an "expert" on local history.
By this stage he had retired from a successful career in finance at the University of Sydney. It was time for a new challenge, and so he turned his natural enthusiasm to the history of the Upper North Shore.
This passion led to the publication of three books: Wahroonga, Our Home, We Still Call Wahroonga Our Home and One Hundred Years Ago - Life on Sydney's Upper North Shore. His research was thorough and his writing style accessible, with glimpses of gentle humour. He was also a gifted speaker and, as his reputation as "the Wahroonga historian" grew, he was in constant demand at local clubs, churches and schools.
Ian Alastair Ramage, who has died at 81, was the only son of Major Raymond Ramage, ED, French Croix de Guerre, and his wife, Doris. He grew up in Roseville and was selected to attend the first opportunity class at Artarmon Public School. When he was 12, he won a scholarship to Knox Grammar School and his lifelong interest in Wahroonga was born.
He studied in the evenings at the University of Sydney to complete his bachelor of economics while working for the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited.
He served in the RAAF from 1944 to 1946 as a radar operator at Gosford in NSW and Foster, Victoria. The radar station at Foster was at the base of the Wilsons Promontory lighthouse. To reach the station from Melbourne, Ramage had to catch a train and a service coach before being driven to the start of "the track". Here, he handed his kit to a transport unit for onwards carriage by mule and walked the remaining 22 kilometres. He was also in Active Reserve from 1951 to 1956 and served as a pilot officer, administrative and special duties, intelligence. He received the Australian Defence Medal this year.
In 1957 he re-established contact with the University of Sydney. He was secretary of the university union for 12 years. He was later the university's senior finance officer, investment officer, accountant, associate bursar and acting bursar. At one stage he spent six months overseas studying other universities' investment practices. He revolutionised the way the University of Sydney conducted its investments and was responsible for a considerable increase in its income. He retired in 1986 and was later awarded an honorary Master of Economics.
At 73 he received a graduate diploma in local and applied history at the University of New England. Ku-ring-gai Historical Society honoured him with its inaugural Historian of the Year award in 2003, and the Hornsby Shire Council conferred its Heritage Award the following year. Last year he was awarded the Mayor of Ku-ring-gai's Centenary Award for Outstanding Community Service.
His first wife, Nancy, died in 2003. He is survived by his second wife, Susan, his children, John, Judith and David, and grand-daughters Alicia and Lauren. SMH article by Miranda Harman
Hilton "Tony" RAMSAY (19/1/08):
Aged 82 years - We loved him and he loved us
Peacefully at home on 19 January 2008. Late of Hornsby.
Dearly loved husband of Eunice for 62 years.
Adored father and father-in-law of Lynette and Neil Silver, and Rhonda and Ross Hayes.
Proud Grandpa of Stuart, Martyn, Vashti and Brad.
Loved Pop of Natasha and Jonathon.
Dear brother of Jean and Wally (deceased).
Hilton had been in Neringah hospital.
Hilton Stanley RAMSEY (23/1/08):
The Hilton Ramsey here in Brisbane was only in his early/mid 50s and never married He was mainly on Relieving Staff.!
• 1950 September 7 born at Stanthorpe
• 1970s joined CBC Warwick and spent most of his time relieving in Queensland & northern NSW
• 1975/76/77 Security Clerk CBC Darwin replacing William G (Bill) Walker
• 1990s spent 15 years with BNP
• 2000s worked part time on a needs basis for NAB
• Never married
• 2007 CBC Brisbane Luncheon Kerri Kleidon advises that Hilton came along to last year's CBC luncheon in Brisbane.
• 2008 January 17 approximately admitted to a Brisbane Hospital
• 2008 January 23 passed away in hospital aged 57. His funeral attended by Kerry Kleidon who advised there was a good representation of ex-CBC and BNP personnel
Philip REEVES (6/8/09):
Simon Reeves advised: My apologies for doing this via email, we have called as many people as we could.
I am very sorry to tell you that Phil passed away yesterday with his family around him.
We are having a service for him on Tuesday 11th August at 10am at the South Chapel of Woronora Cemetery, which is Linden St Sutherland which you are all invited to attend http://www.woronoracemetery.org.au/contact-details.html
We will be having a wake afterwards at the Sutherland United Services Club which is at 7 East Parade Sutherland
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kolling Institute http://kollingfoundation.giving.officelive.com/donate.aspx
Thanks, Simon on behalf of Phils family 0425 204 868
John Ness advises that Phil was the Manager of Banksure when he was doing the development work for it. Just before the first policy renewals were due to go out we had 27,000 policies coming up for renewal, so Systems prioritised Banksure as the next large project after ATMs. Phil was really good at his job, had a good sense of humour, and ensured that everything ran smoothly. He later transferred to ANZ Funds Management in a senior role after the merger.
Graham Henry RHEINBERGER (14/5/1986):
1956 approximately joined CBC
1970 worked in CBC Queensland
19810630 Area Manager CBC SE Asia & Oceania was listing in CBC's last Annual Report
19840331 a Manager at NAB Sydney Office 343 George St, Rheinberger G H M.I.A.I. EX was listing in List of Senior Staff
19840930 a Manager at NAB Sydney Office 343 George St, Rheinberger G H M.I.A.I. EX was listing in List of Senior Staff
19860514 died aged 46 late of Turramurra
19860515 SMH Death Notice
Bernard John ROBERTS (9/7/2011):
Regretfully, we have to inform you of the death in Wagga Wagga of Bernard JOHN ROBERTS at about 4pm on Saturday 9th July. His family are in the process of making arrangements and will have funeral details announced in the Sydney Morning Herald early this week. John was born on 23/06/1924 and was a Life Member. Thanks to John Hughes for this sad information.
Michael Hook advised: John came to a few Horn of Plenty meetings and as was the custom, on ones maiden visit , one had the opportunity for the floor. John had been Manager at Wagga Wagga but had pulled out before retirement. He was successful in the motel industry. I didn't know him until those evenings but he was easy & interesting company.
Richard Nott advised: I was saddened to hear of John Roberts passing. I was his second officer at Belmont NSW from 6/6/1962 until 6/1/1964. He was the first boss I had who showed a positive interest and encouragement in my banking career and motivated me to think positively about it as well. He was the President of Apex and I was the Programme director so we saw a lot of each other outside of work as well. For the past almost 50 years he has kept in touch and shown a keen interest in his old friends. I thank John Hughes for keeping me current with his status during recent weeks and will aim to attend his send-off in Wagga. Farewell dear friend.
Ruth Fagan advised: I am sorry to inform you that member John Roberts of Wagga Wagga passed away on Saturday afternoon, July 9 2011 after a long illness. A memorial service will be held for him on Wednesday 13th July at the Wagga Crematorium at 10am.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria and two daughters Virginia Davies of Sydney and Belinda Neale from Condobolin.
ROBERTS Bernard John Of Settlers Village Wagga
20110709 Saturday died at Wagga Aged 87
Husband of Gloria, Father & Father In Law of Virginia & Belinda & Rob
20110712 SMH Death Notice
20110713 Wed 12:30 Celebration at Settlers Community Centre
Donations to Kidney Health Aust
John was Accountant Young; 1960 Manager who opened Belmont
Manager Cooma; Wagga at time Wagga premises were restored to original condition by Laurie & Heath using original 1881 working drawings of Mansfied Bros (19870101 Current Accounts) advised by John Beer
Robert George (Bob) ROBSON (20/2/08):
Aged 84 years. Late of Gowan Brae, Dungog.
Beloved husband of Janet, father of Gayle and father-in-law of Brian, grandfather of Charles, James and Susan, grand-
father-in-law of Danah and Emma, great-grandfather of Jacob, Morgan and Oliver.
BOB'S relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service to be held Tuesday (February 26, 2008), at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Dungog, commencing at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at the service in aid of the NSW Cancer Council, in memory of Bob.
Dailey Funerals, 4956 4221 FDA of NSW www.daileyfunerals.com.au
The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, 22 February 2008
Bob was born in April 1923. He joined CBC at Bingara in 1940.
1942 AIF for four years
1945 / 6 Dungog branch, then Armidale, Nyngan, Newcastle, Wollongong, Sydney
1950s married Joyce after which they had children Gayle, grandchildren Charles, James, Susan great grandchildren Jacob Morgan and Oliver
1981 Principal Fernleigh Castle. 1981 March Joyce passed away
1980s married Janet
1980s retired to Gowan Brae Dungog Poll Hereford Stud cattle property with daughter Gayle from Current Accounts August 1981 Pg 26)
Kevin Meyer reported: "I see R.G.Robson's death in SMH to day 22/2/08. Bob was 84 and his funeral is in Dungog on Tuesday. I forget his history other than that he was Mgr George & Hunter Sts and later was my No. 2 Manager when I was in Sydney Office. He retired to Dungog about 25 years ago to the family property."
Gordon Mills indicated he had been a Manager, Head Office before becoming Principal of Fernleigh Castle although he was not an academic. He had found him to be a great straight shooter who was practical in his approach. Gordon was not surprised he retired back to Dungog, where he became President of the Dungog Historical Society.
Sue Campbell also advised that Bob retired from Fernleigh Castle about 1984-85 where he was the last Manager of this beautiful Manager's Training Centre.
Bob was born in Dungog and then retired to back to his family home.
Bob & Joyce married in 1944
Gayle born in 1945 - she was 6 months old before Bob saw her due to War commitments.
Bob was a returned man and was very involved with Legacy in Dungog.
Bob & Janet were married 1983
Bob & Janet retired to Gowan Brae in 1985
There is a website www.olo.com.au - which can be accessed to post messages of people's memories and anecdotes of Bob's life!
I have just joined CBC Officers Club (as I was prompted to look for a site when Bob died!). I worked with Bob at CBC 343 George Street Managers Dept & he was always a great character and full of fun. I moved back to Dungog in 1990 (also my home town) & was reacquainted with Bob - did lots of reminiscing of our Sydney days!
I thought it may be fitting to place his notice on the website to let others know.
Yours sincerely Sue Campbell (nee Neilson)
Don ROSE (13/4/08):
Don Rose, of Bairnsdale, passed away on 13.4.08 after a short illness. The funeral was on Thursday 17.4.08 in Bairnsdale.
Gwen McBeth advises: I vaguely recall Don from my junior days. He was a nice bloke. Very short – often used to stand on a box to talk to customers over the high counter at one branch so the story goes.
Max ROSE (14/11/09):
Vic Beecraft advised that Maxwell Neville Rose, formerly of Collaroy, Narrabeen and Kuwait, passed away on 14th November 2009.
He was born on 23rd October 1969, and attained the age of 93 years.
Max made the travel arrangements for John & Lyn Ness, upon John's transfer to London Office, and John remembers him as being very amiable and courteous. He attended many CBC Officers Club meetings.
John ROWLANDS (25/4/05):
There were three letters regarding John Rowlands read by Secretary Noel – from Ian Holston, Bob Handel and Colin Clark
Ian Holston was very saddened to read of the passing of John Rowlands. Ian had known John since the days he lived above Newtown Branch when he was Accountant at Sydney University. Ian was his Accountant at Bondi Junction and he was most helpful when we were building our home at Westleigh. We have been friends with John and Leigh for many years.
Bob Handel was very sorry to hear of John Rowlands’ death. I am sure you will have fond memories of John from our Sydney University days, as I do, and his frustrations in conducting the branch under the stewardship of Moorecroft. And finally, his delight, when he was appointed to open a new branch at Seven Hills. They were the days!!
Noel Crowley spoke about his time working with John at Sydney university branch. Noel said the staff at Sydney University spent some 3 weeks trying to balance the Savings Bank ledgers on one occasion – looking for a 1d error which could not be found. In the finish John adjusted the balance of his personal account to make them balance with the General Ledger!
Doug Harding spoke about John Rowlands when he was at at Sydney University. He stated that he was a great gardener and he an Leigh won a number of competitions while living at Seven Hills.
Kevin Meyer spoke about John Rowlands at the June meeting.
Lindsay Huxley spoke of John Rowlands at Molong in 1946. He served with John on the CBC RSL branch. He saw him on 20/04/2005. John died on 25/04/2005 after being at patient in the Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Colin Clark wrote “John interviewed me in late ’64 when I applied to join the CBC. Although I was appointed to Parramatta branch, later in ’65 I was transferred to Seven Hills branch where John was manager. We soon made front page news when I was held up whilst taking the daily Woolworth’s deposit. John came rushing out from his office, grabbed my pistol and perused the two armed gunmen who escaped in a Mini Minor. John fired at their car making a small indentation in the boot.
John was reprimanded for his actions by both the Police and Head Office for endangering the public.”
2005 June luncheon letters regarding John Rowlands were read by Secretary Noel
from Ian Holston, Bob Handel and Colin Clark which, along with comments at the meeting, are summarised as follows:-
1946 Lindsay Huxley knew John at Molong.
1960s John was Accountant Sydney University
Ian Holston had known John since the days he lived above Newtown Branch when he was Accountant at Sydney University.
Bob Handel worked under John at Sydney University when Mr Moorecroft was Manager.
Noel Crowley worked with John at Sydney University when staff spent three weeks trying to balance the Savings Bank ledgers so John adjusted his account by one penny to make them balance.
Doug Harding spoke of his days working with John at Sydney University
1960s John went from Accountant Sydney University to open new branch at Seven Hills where John and Leigh were keen gardeners and won a number of competitions.
1964 Colin Clark was interviewed by John when Colin applied to join the CBC. Colin was appointed to Parramatta branch
1965 Colin was transferred to Seven Hills branch where John was manager. Colin said "we made front-page news when I was held up whilst taking the daily Woolworth's deposit. John came rushing out from his office, grabbed my pistol and pursued the two armed gunmen who escaped in a Mini Minor. John fired at their car making a small indentation in the boot. John was reprimanded for his actions by both the Police and Head Office for endangering the public."
John was Manager Bondi Junction where Ian Holston was his Accountant. John was helpful to Ian and his wife when they were building their Westleigh home. Ian and his wife were friends with John & Leigh for many years.
Lindsay Huxley served with John on the CBC RSL branch which John ran till his death.
2005 April 20 Lindsay saw John. April 25 John died after being a patient in the Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Chris Rush advised: It is with regret that I advise that A Bruce Ryan of Toukley passed away on wednesday 9th January 2008.
Gerald Fitzgerald advised: His Funeral was held on Monday 14th January at 10am at Mackay Family Funerals, Old Pacific Hwy Ourimbah. The Notices were in the SMH on Saturday 12th and in the CC Express Advocate on Friday the 11th.
Richard Nott advised in August 2013: I have just found out that Les Saker died-motor neuron disease. I think and he was 72. Funeral tomorrow at St Bede’s Anglican Church Drummoyne at 2.00pm and I will get there. Long time CBC manager at Dorrigo , Werris Creek and Raymond Terrace. I worked with him at Australian Bank and CGU. He took over the Staff Suggestions Committee secretariat from Ken Windeyer in 1970’s and he was at the Staff Training Centre. He ended up with a Master of Finance degree and Graduate Diploma in Insurance plus his Bankers’Institute diploma.
John Ness says he was also manager at Bellingen at one stage.
Les SCRIVENER (17/5/2010)
1998 January 4 death of Audrey Jean Scrivener wife of Les age 61 mother of Karen & Mark buried at Clarence Lawn Cemetery.
2010 May 17 Les Scrivener died in Brisbane. In 1954 Les began with CBC Wauchope then to Camden Woodstock Campsie Manly Haymarket Manager Wentworthville then Hornsby till 1977 October when appointed Manager Darwin till 1986 when Les went to Manager Grafton till retirement on 1 August 1991. After Audrey's death Les sold his Grafton home & went to Sunshine Coast hinterland. Submitted by John Beer 15/1/11.
John Edward SEARLE, OAM, DCM (29/09/2009)
1919 approx born at Bathurst
Educated at All Saints College Bathurst to Intermediate Certificate
19350315 aged 16 height 5’9” joined CBC Barmedman on £65 per annum plus juniors alowance £35 pa.
1936 & later served at Ariah Park Gunning & Tocumwal
1938 to Berrigan
1940 aged 21 AIF 2nd/13th battalion of the 9th division to rank of Captain receiving Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
1946 after 6 years in the war resumed duty at Condobolin
1947 June Teller Maitland
19480404 aged about 29 April 4 married Isabel Gladys
1949 June aged about 30 Accountant Wingham
1950 (?Accountant?) Nyngan with ledger keeper Peter Martin
1953 aged about 34 Manager Bundarra
1955 aged about 36 Manager Tottenham height 6’
1958 aged about 39 Manager Mudgee
1959 & later very involved with Legacy till when he went to Personnel
1963 aged about 41 Asst Manager BO
1966 aged about 44 Manager Royal Exchange where large portion of CBC’s biggest company business was conducted including overseas wool business of CBC
1970 aged about 48 ASST Manager SO
1971 aged about 49 Manager MO
1973 aged about 51 Assistant CM Vic under Allan Bamford CM Victoria with whom he worked in the war
1977 aged about 55 CM London
1979 aged about 57 CM UK & Europe
1979 aged about 57 AGM HO
1980 aged about 58 July AGM Personnel
1981 aged about 59 AGM & CM Personnel after working beside Barry Buckley after Barry came from Qantas to take charge of CBC Personnel
198203 aged about 60 retired from CBC as an AGM & CM Personnel Operations after 47 years
He says merged bank will play much larger role in Australia & internationally.
Will be picking apples and grapes on his daughters farm in Orange
Above is summary from CBC’s last Current Accts Sep 1982 Pg 30-31
20050126 Australia Day 2005 Honours Medal (OAM) of the General Division awarded to John Edward Searle DCM Unit 332 Belrose Country Club 2 Dawes St Belrose 2085 For services to the welfare of ex-Service personnel and their families
He was seen at meetings of CBC ROC, CBC Officers Club & NAB ROC.
2008/9 he provided photo of Barmedman branch via email
20090925 Friday death of Searle John Edward OAM DCM husband of Isabel Gladys
20090926 Saturday Albert & Meyer Thornleigh funeral notice SMH Pg 11
20090929 Tuesday SMH Pg 17 aged 90 late of Belrose formerly Killarney Heights father of Robyn, Wendy, Ken (deceased) & Jan
20091002 Friday 11am Funeral Magnolia Chapel Macquarie Park Crematorium Plessey & Delhi Rds North Ryde, donations to Sydney Legacy in lieu of flowers.
John Gall advised: I noted with a great deal of regret in your last news letter for the CBC Officers that John Searle had passed away in September.
As I will not be able to attend the December 7 meeting would you please record my following message when respects are paid to John. i.e.
''John was my boss at Royal Exchange Branch where he was the Manager of what from 1966-69 was probably the largest Branch of the old CBC Bank. He had come there from Assistant Manager, Brisbane at short notice after the sudden death of the previous manager , Ron Gyngell.
He was a fine christian gentleman, a great banker and a person you could learn a lot from as you moved on in your career.
We kept in touch for many years but unfortunately whilst poor health dogged him he never lost his bright personable style and spent the last few years with his wife Glad in Belrose Village retirement home. "
Isabel Gladys SEARLE (22/3/2014)
Ian Williams spoke at the June 05 meeting about Carney and the time he worked with him. Ian and Audrey Kenny attended the funeral in Yass. He stated Carney was the older twin of he and Tony, but was of the quieter nature. Carney was responsible for the introduction of the Branch Administrative Manual.
Noel Crowley also spoke about Carney Sexton when they worked in Audit. He stated Carney was not a computer fan.
Tony SEXTON (14/1/03)
Anthony Alan SEXTON (Tony), retired Manager, Internal Audit, passed away suddenly on 14 January 2003, aged 65, in Canberra Hospital, late of Yass and Fairlight.
John Horton (Jack) SEYMOUR AM (7/10/2015)
Our thanks to John Seymour Jnr for informing us of Jack’s death.
President David Wyndham sent the following text to Members with e-mail addresses:-
It is with great sadness that we advise the death of our colleague and friend Jack Seymour last Wednesday. Jack was highly regarded by all who met and worked with him throughout his career in the bank. Jack worked in Head Office, NSW, Melbourne Office, London Office, Queensland and WA.
He was awarded an AM in June 2006 for services to primary industry through the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria for fostering the development of the agricultural show movement, and to banking and rural finance.
Jack is survived by his wife Yve and children John, Cath and their respective partners plus his grandchildren. Vale Jack Seymour
And to the family, David wrote:
Dear John, Thank you for the very sad news of Jack's passing. We knew of his illness and I spoke with him whilst he was in hospital only a few weeks ago...We realise what a difficult time this will be for you and your family. Would you please pass on our deepest sympathies to your mother and indeed everyone in the family. I knew Jack well from our days in the CBC Head Office together and he was highly regarded by his colleagues. We will ensure that formal notice of his passing is sent to all our members who would wish to join me in sending their love and thoughts to you all.
A check of Australian Honours shows that on 12th June 2006, Jack was made a Member Of The Order Of Australia for service: to primary industry through the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria; to fostering the development of the agricultural show movement; and to banking and rural finance.
Richard Nott, is delivering a eulogy at Jack’s service and will pass on the very deepest sympathies from all club members. In due course his eulogy will also be published on our website.
David Pirnie advised: Sad to read of Jack's passing. My sympathies and very best wishes to his wife and family. He was a great guy.
Fred Harvison RFD advised: When I was appointed in May 1964 as an assistant Inspector's Clerk (at age 19), Jack was the senior Clerk in the Southern Division. I was posted to the Southern Division (A.C. Paull was Inspector) under Jack's stewardship and set out to learn the ropes of the role. Jack was an experienced Clerk, quite proficient and efficient, with a very professional approach to the job in hand. He had his own fixed ideas on how things should be done and didn't hold back in expressing his views. I recall one quite strong 'discussion' we had regarding the inscription on the Cenotaph in Martin Place - 'To our glorious dead'. Jack's View at the time was that there was nothing glorious about war. (I had just recently enlisted in the CMF Officer Training Unit and wasn't sure if Jack was baiting me or testing me!) I'm pretty sure that I didn't win that discussion with Jack!
From memory, after the Southern Inspector's office, Jack was appointed as Accountant Perth Office. Condolences to Jack's family.
Jim SHARPE (15/09/2007)
15/9/07 Les Cornell has just rung to advise of the passing of James Dunstan Sharpe-ex AGM and Chief Mgr Victoria. funeral arrangements will be in the paper in next few days.
I hope that you and/or members of the executive will be at the funeral to represent us- it will probably be in Bowral. I will have my wife in hospital this week so will be unable to go but We will be writing to his wife, Helen. We are getting too many of these lately. Cheers KAM
Kerri Kleidon advised: Jim was one of my Mgrs at Savings Bank Admin back in the mid 70s. I was really pleased to catch up with him at the CBC Christmas luncheon I attended down there in Sydney a couple of years ago.
Peter Andrew SHEA 15/1/2012
We have been advised by his family that Peter passed away on Sunday afternoon at Garrawarra Nursing Home, Waterfall. Peter had been confined for many months. Funeral arrangements are subject to arrival of his Son from London, but will be published in the Sydney Morning Herald.
c1958 joined CBC
1962 Teller/Accountant Yagoona with Doug Gibson Mgr, Diane Irvine Ledgerkeeper, John Ness Junior
Married Marjory. Had children Trudy & Jason
19830101 Mgr Mascot
20110601 approx confined to Garrawarra Nursing Home Waterfall where on
20120114 Saturday Peter died age 69 approx
Son Jason returned from London to Sydney for the funeral
20120118 SMH service details are:
20120124 Tue 10am Funeral South Chapel Woronora Crematorium Linden St Sutherland
Denis L SINGLE
David John SMITH (19/8/2012)
1925-12-10 born only son of Charles & Ann Smith London
1948 married Ivy with children Denis, Steven & Debra to follow
1951 David J Smith began 18 years in automation at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania culminating in Vice President of the Automation Division CBC’s automation planning involved searches world wide on best procedures so that final decisions can be made on selecting the best for implementation by CBCofS.
1969 from USA David J Smith joined CBC as Administrative Officer Automation
1970 July CA Pg 1 & 2 by Administrative Officer - (Automation) - Smith David J, on proof, clearings and current account ledger functions of four Sydney city branches being centralised to Sydney Proof Centre & Sydney Posting Centre 1970s Kerr & Smith Architects designed the ten-level St Leonards Centre Building with30 space car park and four exterior towers containing passenger lift, freight lift, toilet blocks, air-conditioning ductwork.
1972 November CBC’s St. Leonards Computer Operations Centre officially opened by NSW Premier Sir Robert Askin
1974 David J Smith appointed Executive Chief Manager Automation
1977 Automation Research & Development Executive Chief Manager Smith, David J (June 30 Annual Report).
1980 September David J Smith was appointed to AGM Data Processing Operations (Current Accounts December 1980).
1980 Nov 7 1750 AGM DP Operations David J Smith switched off the Honeywell H6048 Computer to make way for DPS8/70. (1980 December Current Accounts Pg 2)
About 500 people were employed under David J Smith's administration, 300 of whom worked at St Leonards Centre, the remainder scattered around Australian Capital City Offices and branches.
1982 P Dominish took over from David J Smith who moved to Charge Card Services
2012-08-19 David J Smith died after short illness 20120823Thur 14:30 Camelia Chapel Macquarie Park Crematorium Delhi Rd North Ryde Alan Drew Funerals Castle Hill 96801344
Betty STEPHEN (9/8/2010)
Kevin Meyer advised on 10/8/2010: Betty's death in SMH today. She was a typiste to Chief Manager Sydney Office for many years and was always in Sydney Office I think. Regards KAM.
Passed away on 9th August, 2010. Further to information surrounding Betty's death it is now evident that Betty, after a home accident, was admitted to the burns unit at Concord Hospital, where she spent several weeks. About two days after discharge from Concord Hospital, Betty was readmitted to hospital where she passed away a couple of days later from an unrelated cause. During that time her sister Jean also passed away. Betty spent all her working life with the CBC. Many of our members will fondly recall the time she spent at Head Office and in particular her years in the manager's department as secretary to various Sydney Office managers. She had a very bright, witty and "full of life" personality, always cheerful and had a great sense if humour. Betty was always willing to assist other staff members where possible. I had the good fortune to have worked in the manager's department during the time when Betty was there and have the memory of Betty bashing away on the old CBC typewriter. I wonder how much more she would have "churned out" in this computer age." (courtesy of Alan Gordon)
Alan STEVENS (3/12/05)
Alan died on 03/12/2005, aged 69
Geoff McIntyre spoke of Alan at the December meeting. He said he would see him at Gordon Rugby from time to time and he was a very affable chap. He was a cheerful guy despite his battle with cancer. Geoff said he was proud to have known him and he was a good banker.
Robert Bruce (Bob) STEVENS (15/1/2013)
Rowan Raymond-Jones advised: Sadly, it is again so soon my duty to inform you of the death of Robert Bruce STEVENS on 15th January. Bob, a Life Member, was born on 16-3-1923 and his many CBC friends will also be miserable to learn of his passing.
There’s a Snippet from Bob in the March 2013 Newsletter in which Bob bemoans his separation from his wife Rhoma due to his temporary stay in a Wahroonga nursing home. He mentions that “old age has caught up with me due to the long term effects of polio in 1951 but my mind is still clear.”
Kingsley (King) John SULLIVAN (24/3/2013)
David Lindsay noticed the funeral notice: Passed away peacefully at Alstonville Adventist Aged Care on March 24, 2013 aged 93 years. Beloved Husband of Joy. Dearly and deeply loved by all of his Family. Will be sadly missed.
Bob Handel advised: There will be many of us who have fond memories of King Sullivan when he was on duty at Fernleigh Castle. A Great bloke - loved a joke.
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