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  • 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.

Warren SAUNDERS       (14/5/2016)
Clare Glenie SAUNDERS (2/6/2020)

  • Clare Saunders (nee Liddle) died aged 88 years.  She was Warren Saunders' wife for 62 years.

Denise Margaret SCOTT-PACEY (12/9/1947-18/9/2021)

  • President Wayne Linnert advised: It is with sadness that I advise the passing of Denise. She joined the Bank on 01/01/1972 at St Leonards Centre then transferred to Petrie Plaza ACT where she resigned on 01/01/1985.  A funeral service was held at Great Lakes Memorial Gardens, Taree on 24/08/2021.  Our sincere sympathy is extended to Denise’s family  I thank Rowan Raymond-Jones for notification.

  • Rowan Raymond-Jones advised: joined Club 9/11/2009. Lived in Gowrie NSW back then but since at Dee Why. Wife of Greg.  She intended to rejoin but that does not appear to have happened. Nice girl, I remember her doing some typing for me in late seventies. RIP

R B (Dick) SCOTTON (1/10/2019)

  • John Gall advised: In event you have not heard elsewhere, there is a Death Notice in the Melbourne papers today for Dick Scotton who passed away on 1 October.

    Dick was Chief Economist in the CBC Bank, Head Office during the late 1950s to early 1970s,if my memory is correct.

    He was well known to any people in the CBC and was the first Secretary of the CBC Rugby Football Club when it was formed in 1963.

    He has lived in Melbourne for many years and in fact I tried to get him to come along to the 50th Anniversary Reunion celebration ,we held in Sydney in 2013 for the Club's Burke Cup Premiership team in 1963. Unfortunately ill health prevent him from attending at that time.

    In a later post bank life Dick was chairman of the Health Insurance Commission (and Co-Architect of the Federal Medicare System ) 1974-76 and later the author of many books which are listed on his website.

  • Fred Harvison noted: I remember Dick Scotton from my CBC days, especially as a rugby referee. Dick, and Kevin Meyer, often refereed our games in the Whiddon Cup matches. We were very respectful towards him, calling him Sir, rather than using his first name.
    He was later succeeded as Chief Economist by Bill Vout.  I'm pretty sure he was one of the architects of the (new) Medibank scheme introduced by the Whitlam Govt (1972-1975).

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)

  • 19231004 4 Oct 1923 to 20140322, aged 90
    19480404 4 Apr 1948 married John Edward Searle DCM
    Mother & mother in law of
    Robyn & Adrian Lang (Perth)
    Wendy & David Pickering (Orange)
    Ken (deceased)
    Margaret Searle (Sydney)
    Jan & Denis Yarrington (Canberra)
    Nana & great grandmother.
    Privately cremated.

Susan SEMPER (4/9/1955 - 5/3/2022)

  • Susan joined the CBC at Haymarket branch in July 1973 and worked in several branches including Sydney Office, Travel Department, Parramatta, as well as Records Store in Regents Park.  Susan retired in 2002 after a career of 29 years and during her retirement she made time to thoroughly enjoy doing all of those things on her 'when I get time' list.  To those who knew her, she will be sadly missed.



  • 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.

  • c1942 born
    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  (20/12/2018)

  • Denis passed away some time after he attended Fernleigh Castle Managers' Course # 24 (Current Accounts July 1972 Page 12).  Denis was on relieving staff for many years and at St. Leonards Centre.

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.

Kenneth Errol SMITH  (8/10/2018)

  • David Wyndham advised: It is with great regret that we advise the passing of our valued member Ken Smith on 5/10/2018. Ken was just 72 years of age and had suffered ill health for some years prior to his passing.
    Ken joined the bank on 4/12/1963 and retired on 1/7/1996. Ken spent his career with the bank in the country and after many country appointments managed branches at Leeton, Holbrook, Narrabri and Kiama.
    We have written to his wife Deanne and Family to pass on our deepest sympathies and prayers on Ken's passing.
    As often was the case with the CBC Family Ken had two brothers- Robert and Geoffrey - who also worked for the bank.

Terrence (Terry) William SMITH  (23/6/1935 - 14/8/2022)

  • Scott Marnane, President NABROC advised: Members, it is with sadness that I advise of the recent passing of our member, Terry Smith; he was aged 87 years.  Terry's health had been in decline recently and he passed away peacefully on Sunday.
    Terry joined the CBC in Bundaberg in 1952 and was a Life Member of the CBC Club.  Terry's 40 years banking career included an appointment to Inglewood, a small rural town in the Goondiwindi region, although the balance of Terry's banking career was in New South Wales.  Family members mention Terry's fond memories of his managerial appointment to Pitt & Bathurst Streets, Sydney.
    Terry and his wife, Josie, were living in Merrylands when he retired in 1992, and in 2000 they sold and moved to Tumbi Umbi on the Central Coast.  They travelled extensively during retirement, particularly within Australia.  Terry was also a frequent golfer at Shelly Beach and played until some 4 years ago when ill health forced his golfing retirement.  Sadly Josie passed away in February this year.

SOLLING, Maximillian Snr
SOLLING, Maximillian
SOLLING, Rex Eric      (27/7/19
SOLLING, Jessie         (18/5/2017)

  • Solling, Maximillian Snr - Grandfather of R E Solling managed 2 branches. 

  • Solling, Maximillian -  Father of R E Solling managed 6 branches (19730101 Curr Accts pg 89) including 19260630 -19340101 (Century of Banking), Walcha 19390630 Mgr Bangalow.

  • Solling, Rex Eric - Born 1909. Joined CBCofS 1926 at Armidale.
    Lived at Armidale Moree Bathurst Albury Burren Junction Coolamon Condobolin Taree   
    Worked in CBCofS country branches including Moree Bathurst, 1945 accountant Albury,
    1950s Manager Burren Junction, Manager Coolamon, Manager Condobolin (19730101 Current Accounts page 89)  "3rd generation of the family in the C.B.Co." (1952 0601 Current Accounts p6)   
    19720823 retired as Manager Condobolin to live at Taree house overlooking manning river to do gardening then maybe part time work   
    19800827 died at Taree age 71 "

  • Jessie Solling - Born 1917.  Married Rex Eric Solling.
    Late of Glebe, formerly of Taree. Condobolin Coolamon Burren Junction Albury
    Died 20170518 Thursday aged 100   
    Much loved grandmother of Vanessa, Peter, Maxim and Maximilian.

SOMERVILLE, Enid Mary  (18/8/1922 - 29/8/2021)

  • John Wilmot advised that Enid passed away in her 100th year. Husband Joe Somerville passed away many years ago and was my manager at Molong branch   I joined the bank in July 1960 

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)

  • 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, aged 69.

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.”

Graeme STEVENSON  (20/7/1936-26/9/2021)

  • Rowan Raymond-Jones advised: I met Graeme at Fernleigh Castle in the seventies and found him to be friendly and ‘on the ball’. He was a strong supporter of Sydney’s historic ships and ten years ago strongly encouraged me to arrange a quarterly Luncheon on one of the old sailing vessels, which was a great idea but too complicated to proceed. I kept in touch with Graeme over the years and am so sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Kevin Greenaway advised: It is with great sadness that I have  to inform you of Graeme’s passing this morning after a long illness in an aged care facility in Tweed Heads. I first met him when he was Manager at Singleton years ago and I continued to keep in touch and visit him in Tweed Heads whenever I was in that area. He also owned an orange 1973 Volvo 1800ES and was a member of the Volvo 1800 Club.

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.

Joy SULLIVAN  (21/6/2019) Wife of Keith Sullivan

President Wayne noted:  It is with sadness that I advise Joy’s passing.  She and Keith resided in Casino where he was once the Branch Manager. Thanks to Kevin Nicol for the advice.
Kevin Nicol advised: Ever the devoted husband, Keith cared for Joy the many years she suffered poor health.

Joyce SULLIVAN  (21/6/2019)

  • Joy's death notice from "The Northern Star" newspaper (Lismore) of 03.07.2019.
    Joy was the widow of the late Kingsley "King" Sullivan, who was a senior manager of the CBC; firstly in Melbourne and later Sydney.
    The Sullivans retired to Alstonville many years ago and were frequent attenders of our lunches until ill health caught up with them.
    They were a lovely couple. Regards, Kevin Nicol
    Fred Harvison said: What a great innings! I bet she had some wonderful stories to tell.
    Mike Hook advised: I only met Joyce when we visited King & her at Alstonville a few years after we both “retired”. She was lively and no doubt a great support during his career. When I moved out of Head Office as an Inspectors Clerk he was Mgr at Stock Exchange Br and great to be with   Didn’t mind a couple of beers on the way to Wynyard station. He had previously been Principal at Fernleigh Castle and had a trunk load of stories. A great CBC team.

Keith Leonard SULLIVAN  (30/9/1939 -26/7/2021)

  • Wayne Linnert advised: It is with sadness that I advise the passing of Keith who was a Life Member of our club.
    Keith was born in New Zealasnd and worked for the Bank of New Zealand then came to Australia and joined the Bank on 13/7/1958 at Gosford.  He was Accountant at Dickson and Moree then first managerial appointment at Grenfell then followed Narrabri, Cooma, Casino and Murwillumbah where Keityh retired from on 13/7/1993.
    Keith was a very keen lawn bowler, a Level 1 Umpire, and Manager of the Casino Lawn Bowls team.



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