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Kenneth Rutherford (Ken) BAIN (8/11/2011)

  • Rowan Raymond-Jones advised on 9th November 2011: Sadly I have to inform you that we have lost another Member. Ken Bain passed away yesterday, 8th November, after a short illness and his funeral will probably be early next week at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park. His wife Norma tells me that even though it is to be a family funeral, his friends are most welcome. Details will be in the Central Coast Express, probably this Friday.
    My thanks to Joe Judd for bringing Ken’s passing to my attention.

  • John Beer advised:
    1938 born
    1954 approx joined CBC Bank
    1961 married Norman Worthington; Susan Ailen Bain born
    1965 twins born :- Anthony Kenneth Bain and Karen Lucille Bain
    Kenneth had long career with CBC Bank which in 19811001 merged with NBA to form NAB
    short illness
    2011-11-08 died
    2011-11-15 funeral at Hillside Chapel, Palmdale Lawn Cemetery

Joyce Irene "Joy" BAKER (17/6/2013)

  • David James advised: I notice in today’s SMH (22/6/13) that a Joyce Baker has died. I am fairly sure that she was in the bank. I took her place in Wauchope in 1945 & she went to Bowraville. In later years she was at Elizabeth Street.
    Joyce was late of Coffs Harbour.

RSR "Dick" BALCOMB (4/1/2012)

  • Rowan Raymond-Jones advised: Dick’s many friends will be saddened to learn of his death this morning. Even an hour or so beforehand he was in good spirits and pleased to talk with friends. I expect his funeral will be arranged for next Tuesday but we have no details yet.  My thanks to David James and Ian Holston for this information.

BARKER, Kenneth Arthur Hyde (30/8/2010)

  • Ken was Manager, Savings Bank Administration.

  • 1982 Ken Barker was Manager Retail Products Division of Product Management Group division of Retail Marketing Development HO.

  • 2019-02-12 Helen Woolston Barker, widow died.

Philip John BARRY (9/2/2008)

  • Phil Barry's death notice was in the SMH 12 February 2008:-
    2008 February 9 aged 63 years, late of Balgowlah.  Requiem Mass was held at St Kieran's Catholic Church, Condamine St Manly Vale on Thursday 14 February 2008.

  • Nothing was a problem for Phil. John Webb indicated he had had kidney problems for past 30 years plus and, for the last 7 or 8 he had drive himself to hospital for dialysis. His funeral was on 20/02/2008

Brian BARTLEY (21/1/2012)

  • Just to let you Brian Bartley died 21st January 2012. He had been unwell for sometime and recently his body just started to close down and he had a heart attack. The funeral is Monday 30th January 2012. Harry and Rob Hendrie will go to the service and I expect there will be some other X CBC people there.
    Kind Regards Christine Deacon (W.A.).

  • 1968 June CBC Audit Clerks appointed were Cliff A Hinton, Brian J Bartley & John Beer.
    Brian was transferred to WA where he was Manager of a suburban branch.
    c2000 he had left the Bank & was something like a financial planner.
    c2009 he had lost use of his legs.
    20120121 he died of heart attack.
    20120131 funeral.
    Info on death from Christine Deacon, wife of Harry Deacon WA who was CBC Audit Clerk, supplied by John Beer.

  • VALE: B.J (Brian Bartley) ex CBC Gosnells; from NABREC WA March 2012 newsletter:
    On January 30th, 2012 a good gathering of our Members attended the funeral at Karrakatta, of our above esteemed
    colleague who died on January 21st. Brian formerly of the CBC , transferred from New South Wales before
    amalgamation, was aged 67 and has had indifferent health for some two years or more. It was pleasing to see
    his passing was acknowledged in WA, despite being far from his home state.
    Born in Liverpool, NSW, the family moved to Campbelltown where on completion of his schooling in 1960 he
    joined the CBC there. He made good progress through the ranks at a number of local Branches and was
    transferred to the CBC Fremantle WA as the Accountant in 1972. Came 1975 Brian was married to a fellow
    worker, Robin, in the CBC, also from NSW.
    A year later Brian was appointed to Manager of the CBC Gosnells, followed by similar appointments to
    Rockingham and Armadale. After the amalgamation he commenced as Commercial Business Manager at Murray St
    in 1990 then after a short period on the relieving staff he retired in 1993.
    Family wise the Bartley’s had a son, James but unfortunately the marriage terminated in the early eighties.
    However at a later date Brian was fortunate to team up with a school teacher, Beatrice Mills, whom I’m indebted
    to for the information. In retirement Brian resumed in the work force as a Financial Consultant with a local firm
    and indulged in travelling when time would allow.
    Members will remember Brian as one of the hard core workers of the era, quiet and unassuming. He was sports
    minded particularly cricket and loved his rose garden.
    Our sincere condolences are extended to son, James, his family and to Beatrice in their sad loss. R F T

Graham BATES (7/6/1937 - 31/7/2019)

  • Kerri Kleidon advised: I have today received the following email from Graham's daughter Catherine, which she has asked me to pass on to our members.
    It is with much regret I have to advise that Graham Bates (07/06/37 – 31/07/19) passed away in Maroochydore, QLD on Wednesday 31st July. Graham is survived by his wife Glenda, and children Catherine, Peter and family.
    Graham commenced in the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney on the 14th of February 1953 in Gayndah QLD.
    During Graham’s time with CBC (and then the NAB) he was positioned across 11 branches in both QLD and NSW before moving to Lismore as Relieving Manager for 9 years where he retired in March 1994 after 41 years of service.

Ellen Florence "Nell" BEATTY (nee Cotterill) (Dates not advised) 

  • Beloved wife of the late Wal Beatty of East Maitland and late of Mt Carmel.
    A loved aunt of the Cotterill and Beatty Families.
    Published in The Newcastle Herald on 2 March 2019.

Jim BELL (2005)

  • Bell James Livingstone passed away 2005
    1937 April 1 Jim joined the Bank.  1937 April Mr Broad, Chief Staff Officer advised him to report to Royal Exchange Branch then to Homebush and other areas
    1940 Jim joined AIF for 6 years
    1946 Mr Broad was still in the chair upon Jim's return to the Bank.  1946 Jim was sent to North Sydney then to Young and other areas of the state including Warren as Accountant from where he went to Gulargambone
    1963 Jim was Manager Gulargambone then to Manager Charlestown 1970s Manager Moss Vale 1980 Jim retired from Moss Vale branch to Bundanoon
    1997 Jim's dear wife passed away.
    2005 Jim Sharp spoke about Jim Bell at the June meeting. He first met Jim when he was Manager at Charlestown and Jim was at Hamilton. He again met Jim at Bundanoon where he retired too. Jim was very much involved with Legacy at Moss Vale, but he did not always enjoy the best of health

Gloria  BERNASCONI (24/5/2009)

  • Noel was Manager Dubbo

  • Gloria Joy nee Fisher widow of Noel N Bernasconi. Gloria died 24 May 2009 aged 86.
    Funeral 12th June 2009 Fri 3pm South Chapel Northern Suburbs Crematorium North Ryde
    Died suddenly and unexpectedly at home in Mosman NSW aged 86
    formerly of Inghan Q, Ballina and Dubbo.

Barry BIRD (10/7/1946 - 6/3/2019)

  • Norman White said he was very well known and many of our members may wish to have this information: BIRD Barry (PHF) 10/7/1946 - 6/3/2019 Peacefully at Wauchope Palliative Care. Late of The Fairway, Port Macquarie and Formerly of Moree and Hunter Valley. Very much loved Husband of Barbara (Deceased) and loving Brother & Brother in law of Colleen & Brian, Fond Uncle of Denis & Fiona, Jane & Rob and Great Uncle of Emma, Georgia, Lara, Kade & Joel. Aged 72 years.
  • NABROC advised  the passing of Barry Bird after a long battle with cancer.
    Barrys' career commenced in the CBC Bank at Manilla on February 10th, 1964.
    August 1965 – Narrabri – No 2 & 1 teller,
    December 1965 – Maitland – No 1 teller (interrupted due to serious illness of father, with Barry required to work on family farm)
    February 1969 – Sydney University – Overseas Officer
    February 1971 – Walgett - Second Officer
    January 1974 – State Wide relief staff (based in Sydney)
    May 1977 – Singleton – Accountant
    August 1979 – Scone – Branch Manager - First management
    February 1984 – Cowra – Branch Manager
    February 1988 – Orange (Cnr Summer and Anson Sts Branch): Senior Branch Manager
    February 1989 – Moree – Senior Branch Manager (went from 2 managers to 7 in Barrys' tenure). Promoted to Regional Business Manager to encompass Narrabri
    January 1999 – Port Macquarie Regional Business Manager
    February 2005 – Retired.
    Barry was also well known for his involvement in several charities and sporting groups in Moree and later in Port Macquarie. 
  • Wayne Linnert advised: It is with regret we advise the passing of Barry Bird peacefully at Wauchope Palliative Care on 6th March.
    Barry joined the Bank 10/02/1964 and retired at Port Macquarie 6/01/2005.
    He and his beloved wife, Barbara (deceased) were well known and regarded by many in the Bank's service.
    REQUIESCAT-IN-PACE The Rite of a Christian Burial and Requiem Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Barry will be celebrated in St Agnes Catholic Church, Hay Street, Port Macquarie on Thursday 14th March 2019 Commencing at 11-30am.  By special request no Floral Tributes, in lieu, a Donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Research would be appreciated in Memory of Barry and a Donation plate will be available at the church.
  • Frank Maundrell advised: I was very sorry to learn of the passing of Barry Bird, even though I knew he had suffered poor health for some time.
    Barry was a well known and popular former colleague who I crossed paths with many times, mainly during the 1980's and 90's. Barry joined the Bank at Manilla, my first Managerial appointment, although it was fifteen years earlier. I did not meet him until we both attended the inaugural Rural Manager's Course at Hawkesbury Agricultural College in 1983. He was then at Scone and I was at Wee Waa. Co-incidentally, another attendee was Denis Hill, who followed Barry as Manager, Scone before I followed Denis!
    While I was a Relieving Manager during the 1990's, I did numerous stints at Moree for both Assistant Managers and also for Barry. He was a couple of years younger than me, but by then he was several grades higher! Nevertheless, he invariably treated me courteously and with respect. He was a fine colleague who has now gone to be with his beloved Barbara, who I also knew to some small extent.  Vale Barry Bird!

Jeanette BOADLE (6/12/1923 - 7/1/2023)

  • Dave & Tim Boadle advised: Jeanette (then McDonald) joined the CBC in the late 1940s, at the age of 16. We feel that it reflected her personal and professional capabilities that she served most of her time as a member of the “relieving” staff across Victoria, eventually meeting her future husband, John when they worked at the Ballarat branch in the mid-1950s. As was the inviolable practice in that era, Jeanette was required to resign her position when she and John married in late 1956. Given her excellent service to that point, and subsequent life-long banking partnership with John, her family wonders at the career Jeanette could have forged in her own right if she was a product of new millennium.

    Jeanette remained a banking person at heart, more than ably supporting John as we moved through Melbourne Head Office, Shepparton (Accountant), opening the Burwood branch, Manager Kew then into Manager Savings Bank Administration in Melbourne. John’s career was on the rise due to his own skills and effort, as well as performing at a high level in the ABIA examinations – all with the steadfast support and counsel of Jeanette.

    The next big step for Jeanette and John was to Hobart in 1972, where effectively as State Manager, they were required to represent the bank at key functions (meeting the future King, as the then Prince of Wales), and entertain key clients and senior banking officials in our family home. Again, Jeanette could not have been a more able ally to John in superbly fulfilling the requirement to provide warm, welcoming fare at the family dinner table. Their three children learned much about life, social interactions, and etiquette in those happy times.

    More was to come for Jeanette and John, with a return to Melbourne mooted in late 1976, before then GM Vic Martin intervened and “requested” that John join the team in Sydney Head Office (thus leading to the jettisoning of their eldest son who was happily ensconced at the University of Tasmania). Daughter, Ann worked in the CBC while they were in Sydney.

    Next stop was State Manager, Queensland where John survived the merger with the National Bank of Australia to be the first State Manager, Queensland, for the newly formed NAB. Jeanette was again pivotal in ensuring successful stints in Perth and Sydney to round out a successful banking and life partnership, before they retired to Launceston to be close to their four grandchildren. In retirement, Jeanette again ably supported John in a twenty[1]five-year journey with Parkinson’s Disease. Their partnership never faltered.

    Following John’s death in 2015, Jeanette moved to a residential aged care facility in Hobart, where she lived comfortably close to family, and where she died peacefully at age 90, almost within sight of the bank residence in Dynnyrne, where they moved just over 50 years beforehand. Jeanette is survived by her two sons, Dave and Tim, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren."

Geoffrey BLUNDELL (17/12/2021)A person smiling for the camera

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  • Paul Smith to Stephen Roberts, NABREC Vic.  did you see Geoff Blundell died before Christmas. He was an old CBCer and was my Manager from Mentone days. I think he was originally from NSW so you probably knew him.

Geoffrey BOOTH (24/4/2017)

  • Geoff joined the bank on 11/1/1954 and left in 1970.
    According to the information we have, he joined at Lane Cove then Grenfell, Nyngan, Windsor, Head Office Overseas dept, Royal Exchange and Spit Junction branches followed.


  • Kevin Meyer spoke about Geoff Border, who passed away in Queensland a week before the June meeting.

  • Ken Foulcher was very sorry to read of the death of Geoff Border. Geoff Border, Jim Hickey and myself were Managers at Charleville, Cunnamulla and Quilpie respectively in the early 70’s (Little New South Wales !!!! as it was known in those days).  Geoff and I saw a great deal of each other in the 4 years we were in those 2 branches and on special occasions we used to play bowls together in Charleville.  Geoff was transferred to Cowra in July ’74 when I was also transferred at the same time to Murwillumbah. 

Stanley BOTTRILL (25/5/2010)

  • John Hitchcock advised: "I wish to report the death of Stanley (Stan) Bottrill last Tuesday - 25th May.
    I believe that he was in his mid to late 80's & was living at Mosman in a retirement home at the time of his demise.

Reginald BOUSFIELD (1/4/2008)

  • Chris Rush was advised by NAB Staff club that Reginald BOUSFIELD ex CBC Messenger Staff retired in 1976 passed away on the 1st April, 2008.

John BOWDEN (27/6/2017)

  • David Wyndham sent this message to Ann and members: 
    On behalf of the CBC Officers Club please accept our deepest sympathies on John's passing.
    I knew him well when he was in Personnel Department and he was a very loyal and long time supporter of the club.
    We was a popular man and all members will miss him.
    We have sent out a note to members advising them of the funeral arrangements and have asked those members to support you and the Family at this very difficult time.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sir Geoffrey BOWEN (26/2/2012)

  • Rowan Raymond-Jones advised: Sadly I have to inform you that Sir Geoffrey passed away on Sunday night 26th February, just four months short of his centenary which would have been on 23rd June. His son Phillip advises that a Memorial Service will be held at 1 pm on Tuesday 6/3/2012 at St John’s Anglican Church, Cnr Pacific Highway and St John’s Avenue Gordon.

Evelyn Madge BOYLAN 18/4/2017)

  • John Beer advised that Madge (nee Gilchrist) was born in 1923, lived at Blaxland then  Rhodes.  She was the wife of Bill Boylan who wsas manager at Paddington in 1971 and who died in 1975.

Col R BRAY (7/2005)

  • Col died in July 2005 aged 85 years.  He had been living at Port Macquarie at the time of his demise.

  • Graham Foulcher was very sorry to read of the death of Col Bray. Whilst I was at Picton I saw a great deal of Col until he moved to the Port Macquarie area.  His father (late Roy Bray) was my Dad’s (Roy Foulcher) first boss when Dad first joined the Bank as a Junior in Head Office (Local Exchanges Dept. in those days.

Brian BRERETON (1984)

  • Brian was involved with the CBC cricket and rugby.

Carmel Brereton (13/4/2022)

  • David Downs advised: I have been contacted by Greg Brereton son of Brian (deceased 1984) to advise their mother Carmel passed away on 13/4/2022 aged 85.
    Carmel's funeral will be held at St Therese's Church, Blaxland Rd Denistone on Tuesday 26th April 2022.

Jean BRETT (25/10/1950 - 16/11/2022)

  • Margaret Powell: It is with much sadness I advise the sudden passing of our member Jean, the wife of Paul Brett.
    Jean joined the Bank on 1/1/1972 at London Office where she met Paul and true love brought them back to Australia where she worked as a typist in Head Office, City Relief & Regional Manager’s Office.
    Jean and Paul had a very strong passion for cruising and Fred and I were fortunate to spend wonderful days cruising in their company.
    I have passed on our Club’s condolences to Paul.

Heather BROADBENT (14/1/2008)

  • Passed away 14/1/08.

C. Roy BROWN (26/9/2010)

  • John Beer  sighted SMH 28 Sep 2010 Pg 18:
    Retired from CBC Bank late of Epping
    Died 26 Sep 2010, Aged 90.
    husband of Sadie Margaret, father & father in law of Meg & Frank, Ian & Zanette, Bill & Karen, Maureen & Paul,
    St John's Anglican Church Chapman Av & Beecroft Rd 2pm 30 Sep 2010.
    See also Family Connections.

Paul J. BROWN (1955 - 9/4/2023)

  • Kevin Carter advised: It is with sadness I advise of the death of Paul Brown aged 68, he had suffered a long battle with prostate cancer.  I am unsure if he was a member or not.
    Paul joined the bank in Newcastle in 1971 aged 16. he was transferred to a Sydney branch or branches in 73/74.
    1975 transferred to Darwin following cyclone Tracey
    1976 transferred to Singleton branch where he was remembered well by Bill Reeves the manager at the time.,
    1978 transferred to Merimbula
    1979 Transferred to NSW relief staff
    1980 Joined CBC NSW country conversion team converting manual ledger branches to the computer system. Paul was paired with the Late Graham Job during conversion.
    1981 on completion of conversion Paul rejoined NSW relief staff
    1/84 Joined NAB conversion team to 4/84
    4/84 rejoined NSW relief staff based out of 461a High st Maitland
    Mid 1986 resigned from bank to work in a Hunter valley security business then joined Dept of Social Security in Newcastle where he met his wife Lynette.
    Paul advised me some months ago that he had worked in 107 branches with the bank, some of those of course were visited more than once.
    Paul was a great bloke and will be missed by all that knew him. His funeral was held at Belmont, Newcastle 20/4/22.

Paul Temple BROWN (31/8/2015)

  • Margaret Smith (also a former CBC employee at St Leonards Centre) advised "I’m writing to let you know that my father, Paul Temple Brown (7.8.1923-31.8.2015), died last week.  He was able to live at home until a fall in May this year hospitalised him with a broken pelvis. He moved into an aged care centre, “Carramar”, in Stanthorpe, at the end of June.  He was very excited to celebrate his 92nd birthday in early August.  He died peacefully last Monday, surrounded by all his family. We held a quiet, lovely funeral service on Friday at the local funeral parlour.  Dad was a very proud, loyal employee of the CBC Bank and enjoyed your newsletters. My mother, Veda, also reads them and asks if she could continue to receive them."

  • John Beer advised that Paul was formerly of Beecroft and late of Stanthorpe, Qld.  He was manager Walcha and Bourke and Regional Lending Manager NSW.  Dearly loved by Wife Veda. Children Margaret, David, Ross and Mark.  Grandchildren Jessica and David, Sebastian, Genevieve, Alexander and Stephanie, Krystal, Alycia and Simone, Anthony and Zoe, and Great-grandchildren Hamish and Austen.

Margaret BUCHANAN (22/9/2020)

  • Pat Thorp advised that Margaret joined the Bank at Oxford Street branch on her birthday 27th May 1958 and was then transferred to Savings Bank, Sydney Office where she first met Pat.   She completed her service at Savings Bank, Sydney Office in September 1966 to commence motherhood.
  • Kevin Eke advised: So sad to learn of the passing of a most delightful lady in Margaret Buchanan.
    I had much pleasure in working with Margaret, in Savings Bank, during the mid 60’s, whilst attached to the Accountant’s Department and doing Head Office relief. It was a great department to work in, with others including Barb Edwards, Ron Yeend, Graham Schrader, and later George Harding, Alf Jay, to name but a few.
    Margaret had a bright and bubbly personality, tremendous work ethic and always helpful to fellow workmates, especially at Savings Bank Interest calculation time.  Upon my leaving the Bank’s service, I also had the pleasure, from memory, through our Real Estate business, of assisting Ralph and Margaret, in a home transaction at North Ryde, in the mid 70’s.  On behalf of Kate and I, please convey to Ralph and family, our sincere and personal condolences at this sad time.

Don BULLIVANT (22/9/2014)

  • Life Member Don Bullivant passed away on Monday evening at Royal North Shore Hospital. Tests recently disclosed the presence of a brain tumour and further tests showed he had advanced lung cancer but up to then nobody was aware he had any such problems.
    Don was not a smoker but loved walking/bush walking and ate a healthy diet so it’s not surprising this has come as a shock to everybody.

  • David Jobson wrote: Gee, that news of Don’s passing was a real shock. It made me sit back a bit today with a strong coffee and remember some really good social and work times with him back in the 70s.
    In late 1969 early 1970 the Sydney proof department was set up as part of Clearings Branch, Sydney in the old Head Office, seventh floor I think. I worked there when Don was Manager Clearings Branch and in charge of a very large combined staff of Proof and Centralised Posting sections. They were fairly drama filled days those early times in Clearings, as many of the old staffers of the centralised branches would remember. Missing vouchers and listing tapes, RNLs and LNRs flooded the branches and Error Correction Unit (ECU). We worked hard with odd shift hours in Proof but through it all we had fun times and under Don’s direction managed to set up a very good department, eventually moving across to St Leonards Centre a couple of years later where the units continued.
    Don Bullivant was a very calm and approachable man who had the knack of sorting out most of our problems, be they work related or social. A great bloke who will be sorely missed by family and friends.  Rest in Peace Don.

John Terry BURGESS (27/7/1937 - 4/10/2017)

  • Ian Burgess said: I write with a heavy heart to inform the Club of the passing of my father John Terry Burgess. Dad had been ill for a long time and his condition declined significantly in the last six weeks or so. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family and the magnificent carers at his retirement village.  Dad worked in the bank for over 40 years and was a proud CBC man to the end. He worked in various locations across country NSW including Deniliquin, Muswellbrook, Nyngan, Albury , Mudgee and Nowra before accepting the Manager's position at Grifffith in the mid 1970's. He then moved to Inverell for a stretch before relocating to Armidale in mid 1981 where he stayed for over eight years. His last years with the NAB were in Regional Office at Tamworth where he and my mother retired.  Dad had a long involvement in the Scouting movement, providing significant service as the Regional Property Officer which was acknowledged by the Association. He was also an active Rotarian with the Tamworth First Light Club and was heavily involved in the Club's Bowel Scan program and Golf Trip fundraisers and wrote the Club's 20th Anniversary history. He received the Paul Harris Fellowship for his long contribution to the Rotary organisation.  Terry is remembered by his wife, Patti, two sons, David and Ian and their wives, Kate and Bernadette. He is also remembered by his grandchildren, who he took great pride in and joy from: Zac, Zara, Olivia, Patrick and Elizabeth.   We will miss his good humor and wise counsel but have beautiful memories of a life well lived.

Robert (Bob) BUTCHER (7/1/2013)

  • It is with great sadness that I advise that Robert (Bob) Butcher passed away suddenly on Monday 7th January 2013 at home.
    His death was greatly unexpected and leaves behind Ruth his wife and 2 adult sons Craig and Travis
    Robert worked in State Securities in the CBC and NAB having retired 9 years ago after 40 years of service in the Bank.  Advised by Steve Polgar via Gwen McBeth.

Bill BUTLER (21/6/2019)

  • 22 6/19 Ian Holston advised:  Sad news. Just fielded a call from Bill's daughter Denise, Bill passed away peacefully yesterday.

  • Hello, I am Denyse Corner, the daughter of former CBC officer William (Bill) Imeson Butler.  I am writing to inform you that Bill passed away last Friday, 21st June. He was 96.5 years old.  Bill lived a good life and is deserving of his peace and contentment as the last 12 months have been rather a challenge for him. Mob: 0403539304

  • NAB Qld Retirees advised: It is with sadness that we advise the recent death of one of our Life Members - Bill Butler.  Bill was 96.5 years only, and was living at Victoria Point.  His daughter has advised us of Bill's funeral details - Baptist Church, 11 Barcrest Drive, Victoria Point on Wednesday 3rd July at 11am.

  • CBC Officers Club President, Wayne Linnert advised: It is with deep regret that we advise the passing of Bill who was a Life Member and eldest member of our Club.  Bill commenced with the Bank in 1940 at Newcastle West.
    As a young 19 year old he was told to report to Army Militia for a medical on 31/12/1942. Bill’s Manager at Newcastle West shouted “Preposterous, that’s the Bank’s balance night and no one, no one is excused”.  The medical date was brought forward to early December and Bill was called up with boys from Sydney instead of hometown Newcastle boys. The local boys ended up in Malaya and eventually became prisoners of war. Bill served 4.5 years in the Army with the 36th Infantry and the 2/3 Machine Gun Battalions which took him to Port Moresby in June 1942. On one particular campaign he drew the short straw in the jungles of New Guinea and became forward scout. Commander’s instructions were seek, search and destroy. He was part of the landing assault at Aitape which was the Battalions last campaign of the war with the objective of clearing the Japanese from the Aitape-Wewak region of New Guinea between December 1944 and August 1945. He was in the last contingent to return home in 1946.
    Bill rejoined the Bank at Roseville then followed Leichhardt, Campsie, Royal Exchange and promotion to Inspector’s Clerk at Head Office. He was then appointed Accountant at Kempsey and his first Managerial appointment at Merriwa in 1960 then Cessnock in 1965 and opened Civic Centre, Newcastle in 1970. Bill finished his career on Relief Staff and retired on 1/6/1982.
    Bill’s wife, Joy, passed away 18 months ago after celebrating 68 years of wedded bliss and he never recovered from his great loss.
    I have passed on the Club’s sympathy to Bill’s daughter, Denyse, who kindly sent me details of Bill’s life and career.

      2nd November 2017 at the Australian War Memorial, Bill is third from the right. It was a special service honouring the 75th Anniversary  of the Kokoda War Veterans.

  • Colin Ware noted: Thanks for your note about the sad passing of my friend Bill Butler. Even though I have not been able to attend many meetings because of my remote living (and work commitments as I am still commuting to and working in Sydney 4 days a week) I am determined to be at more meetings. 
    When I joined the Bank on 10 July 1951 I was appointed to Lane Cove Branch as junior. After a few weeks the manager, Mr Cook, told HO that I was too young and I was then transferred as junior to Royal Exchange branch on £52 pa and it was there that I met Bill. He was one of the tellers. A really lovely, clean cut gentleman who always had time to chat, even with me as a junior and those impressions have stayed with me all my life. RX was quite a branch, knitted together by the manager Mr Edmonds. It had a large overseas department headed by Jim “King” Binney and supported by John “Baby” Cotton. We had a young ledger keeper who loved giving nicknames and she worked with Miss Bassett and Heather Icely.
    Whilst our paths never crossed again, I when west (not literally I hasten to add)  and he went north, I know that I have lost a dear friend. Rest In Peace Bill.

  • 6/7/2019 Ian Holston advised: I attended Bills farewell last Wednesday with Max Vardy, Chester Kenyon (91) was also there.
    A wonderful letter was read out from Dr. Brendan Nelson regarding Bill's service to his country.
    I first met Bill and Joy at a CBC Golden Oldies cricket weekend in Coffs Harbour in 2005. They were great friends of Lola and Vic Martin and they really enjoyed catching up after a long absence.
    Since I returned to the Tweed they had regularly attended functions at the Twin Towns Club and it became a regular occurrence to have lunch with them.
    Bill accompanied me to the CBC luncheon at Port Macquarie a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised that the Hotel we had booked into was where he spent the first days of his honeymoon some 6o years before.
    Since Joy passed away his trips to the Tweed had been less frequent and his health was deteriorating, although his faithful little dog "Shadow" kept him company.
    Bill's regular poems will be missed, however on the Club's Website there is a wonderful poem written about his beloved Joy.
    HIs regular visits to Sydney to march on Anzac Day were an inspiration to all, farewell Digger, for a life well lived.

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