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TED HALLMAN (29/9/2004)

  • Ian Watts noted that he was sorry to hear of the passing of Ted Hallman.  He was on the staff at Warialda Branch in the early 1950’s where Ted kicked off his career in the CBC.  Ian ran into him several times later, and describes Ted as a gentleman.

  •  John Gall sent an email saying he was saddened to hear of the passing of his long time friend Ted Hallman in our last newsletter.  John says “Ted and I attended Inverell High School together and were in the same years from 1949 to 1953 boarding together at the Inverell Boys Hostel which was a home away from home for many of us from the NorthWest of NSW.  By shear coincidence, notwithstanding that our late fathers knew each other quite well, Ted and I both joined the old CBC Bank, Ted at Bingara and myself at Glen Innes.  Interestingly although we both spent around 40 years in the bank our careers took us in different directions.  Ted stayed in the bush for many years before transferring into the Sydney area later in his career whilst in my case I moved to the metropolitan area of Sydney in 1956.  I am sure that there are many former colleagues who worked with Ted and have some war stories to tell about him”.

  •  Frank Chapman wrote “It grieves me not being able to attend the meetings However I appreciate your newsletter each quarter but not when I read the list of deceased members.  Ted Hallman would have joined the CBC when I was in Bingara for seven years.  His family had properties there and were well known graziers.

Barry George HAMBRIDGE (1932 - 3/5/2011)

  • Born 1932
    Joined Bank c.1949
    Left Bank c.1963 resigned from CBC branch in NSW Southern Highlands area 20110503 died age 79
    Lived at Bowral then Temora 1965 became CEO of Northern Riverina County Council HO at Temora.
    HAMBRIDGE Barry George Obituary 03MAY2011 Death age 79  at Sydney South Western Private Hospital, late of Bowral, formerly of Temora.
    Temora Independent 17JUN2011
    HAMBRIDGE Barry George Death notice 03MAY2011 Death age 79. Sydney Morning Herald 11MAY2011

Marj HARBORNE  (23/12/2016)   

“Murray “McDermott, Manager Roland Village” advised that Marj died on 23/12/2016    Rowan Raymond-Jones says her full name was Marjory Campbell Kathleen Harborne, nee Gregory

Jim HARBORNE (29/3/2019)

  • 15/5/19 David Wyndham advised "Just had a call from Rob, Jim's son, to advise he passed away about a month ago. He was 93 1/2 when he died."
  • 16/5/19 Frank Maundrell advised:  "I just received advice of the death of Jim Harborne, which marks the passing of another CBC stalwart!  I never worked with Jim but knew him for many years.  He was Accountant at Blacktown when I was 2IC at Seven Hills. 
    I think Lidcombe was his first Managerial appointment.  It was during that time, about the mid-1960's to the 1970's,  that I served with him on the CBC Branch Committee of the old United Bank Officers Association of NSW (The Union!).  That organisation underwent many metamorphoses before finally becoming part of what is now the Finance Sector Union. 
    I know Jim's recent life has not been particularly happy, being confined to a Nursing Home and losing his beloved Marge some time ago.  I knew a fine chap, a good friend and, I think, a good Manager from what is now, the "old days of CBC"!  It is sad to learn of his passing."

  • Warren Ebbeck said: "Jim Harborne:Banker, publican,land owner,farmer, cattle breeder,poultry breeder (and bantum lover), entertaining whip cracker and witty raconteur.
    I recall a quip by  Jim after he was cartwheeled over the handle-bars of his motor bike into a boundary fence of his property near  Goulburn and became entangled in the fence wires:-    "The bloody fence was electrified," said  Jim.
    In 1958 Jim accompanied John Jacobs,  Fin  Lewis and myself to New Zealand where we helped to establish a sound CBC/NBNZ relationship during our tour.
    Jim was a mate for over 60 years, godfather of our eldest daughter and a loyal CBC "character". R.I.P. Jim."

Joan HARDMAN-BOARD (27/5/2014)

  • Des Leggett advised: "Sadly, I have to advise the passing away today of Joan Board nee Hardman.  Joan would have been 95 next month.
    Joan had been in a nursing home at Lota (near Brisbane) for some years and had not enjoyed good health in recent years.
    Joan was well known to CBC staff through her involvement in the Health Society and would be remembered for her pleasant and cheerful character.
    Kay and I have very fond memories of Joan not only through the Bank but more so as a loved member of Kay's family.(Kay's mother and Joan were first cousins)."


Graham HARDWICK (8/3/1946 - 18/5/2019)

  • Wayne Linnert advised members:  I regret to advise you that Graham passed away after a long term battle with cancer at Westmead Hospital.
    He joined the bank on 5/2/1964 at Cootamundra and worked at Yass, Tumut,  Coolamon, Castlereagh & Hunter Sts, Sydney, High & Church Sts, Maitland and Gosford. Graham held managerial positions at Green Point, Wyong, Martin Place, Law Courts & Gosford, then Card Services where he finished his career on 15/10/1999. He then was a Property Inspection Officer from 2001 to 2012.
    Graham was an avid North Sydney Bears supporter and had a penchant for horse racing culminating in part ownership of several thoroughbreds.  I have contacted Graham’s wife Sue and passed on our deepest sympathies to the family

  • Sam Clough O.A.M.advised: Graham Hardwick was a wonderful friend way back to 1967.
    Our bowling trips were always enjoyable and not without success; Graham was a great team man.
    His racing discussions (waxing lyrical) and keenness with his horses saw him without peer - he was entitled to get a good one. Zedfast won a few and certainly paid it's way.
    I remember the wonderful times and the great fight he fought.  Proud to be a friend.

  • Ed McLennan noted: Sorry to hear about Graham, he was a top officer.  He was Manager Administration and Accounting to my knowledge around 1999.

Jim HARNEY (24/7/2007)

  • Kerri Kleidon advised: Sadly I report the death yesterday of HJ (Jim) Harney aged 86 who would be known to a number of you.
    His funeral was held on Saturday (28 July) at Forest Place Retirement Auditorium, 356 Blunder Road, Durack at 10.30am.
    John Beer emailed:  Current Accounts 1972 July Pg 12 notes that Jim attended Fernleigh Castle Managers' Course # 24.

Geoff HASTINGS (9/2013)

  • Des Andrews advised that Geoff passed away.  His funeral held at St John the Baptist church, Findon (near Brighton).

  • Geoff McIntyre responded: Thank you for advising the sad news of the passing of my very dear old friend, Geoff Hastings.
    It was only 12 months ago that Ann and I had lunch with Geoff & Jeanne at the Mill Stream Hotel at Chichester and exchanged fond memories of our past experiences together in the CBC.
    You will recall that I was sent to London by the Bank in Feb.1962 for 12 months and Geoff and I worked closely together before he was sent to Australia for a short period. We visited each other’s homes in Findon and Rodd Point during this period and spent a lot of time with our respective families. We have kept in touch over these past 60 years and I feel privileged to have enjoyed his friendship over this time.
    In normal circumstances I would tomorrow be planning to fly to London and then to Findon to attend the funeral such are my feelings for this wonderful friend. Unfortunately, my left foot has been encased in a surgical boot for the past four weeks and I am restricted in my movements for the next two weeks. I am deeply upset that I cannot be there to pass on my sympathy to Jeanne and the Family personally.
    During my term in London, Geoff and I were sent to Scotland to do a report on “electronic accounting by punch cards” which neither of us knew anything about !
    It was during our few days in Edinburgh that I received the news of the passing of my father in Sydney. Geoff was a tower of strength to me during this very sad and difficult time for me and, on the day of my father’s funeral service, Geoff joined me in the Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh . I will never forget and always be grateful for his support and friendship at that time.
    Des – thank you again for letting us know of this sad news. I am in touch with the Family through Paul and will be sending a personal message

  • Peter Beaumont advised: Geoff was one of nature’s gentlemen.  I only wish that we were in the UK as we would attend his funeral.

  • John Ness expressed similar feelings.

  • Jim Scammell responded: Thanks so much for the advice and how sad, a lovely man. Regrettably we are now based in South of France (on a very low budget I might add) and have Steve and Alison White with us at the moment so please send our regards to anyone that knows us.

  • Des Andrews sent a message to Jead Hastings which included the following:
    “I pass on numerous expressions of appreciation  for Geoff’s good-natured, gentle, management that I have received from his CBC bank colleagues, including Peter Beaumont, Alan Holmes, John Ness, Richard Nott in Australia, and Geoff McIntyre whom I understand is contacting you via Paul;  and also from Geoff’s CBC bank London Office colleagues including Suzanne Watson whose personal message is enclosed.”

  • Geoffrey Hastings 1925-2013
    Over the years Geoff became part of so many peoples' lives and Jeanne, Andrew, Colin and Paul are touched and truly grateful for the many messages of support and condolence that have been received over the last few days.
    We see today's Thanksgiving Service as celebration of Geoff's long life — he would never have wanted this to be a sombre occasion — indeed, many people have commented that Geoff always greeted them with a smile on his face and never short of some friendly banter.
    One of Geoff's great passions this summer was to follow the Ashes Series and to use the cricketing ana!ogy, 88 years is a good innings by anyone's standards.
    Early Years
    Geoff was born in Battersea in London in 1925 as the first son to Edward and Honoretta Hastings. After a series of Moves, spending sometime living near Clapham Junction the family eventually moved in 1930 to what would become the established family home at Lyndhurst Road, Thornton Heath in South London where Geoff started his education at Winterbourne Infants School.
    1931 heralded the arrival of Geoff's younger brother Peter and in 1932 Geoff went up to the Winterbourne Primary School where he continued his education including a memorable school trip at the age of 10 to Finland, Denmark and Latvia.
    No doubt inspired by this trip, on his return, Geoff passed the Scholarship exam for Selhurst Grammar School which he joined in 1936. As with so many school children in London at the time, the outbreak of war in 1939 interrupted his education and Geoff was evacuated with fellow pupils to Lullington Avenue in Hove from where he attended Brighton Grammar School.
    In July 1940, Geoff returned to Croydon and was witness to the Battle of Britain taking place in the skies over the South East of the country. Eventually, the family sought some refuge outside of London and lived for a time in Weybridge where Geoff worked for Kennedy & Donkin, a firm of consulting engineers.
    At the age of 16 in 1941 the family returned to Thornton Heath and on the 4th March, Geoff joined the Midland Bank, West Smithfield Branch. He also joined the 67th Croydon Scout Troop which enabled him the following year to pass his Kings Scout Badge. He then joined the Sea Cadet Corps, was accepted as a Y scheme entrant, and volunteered to join the Royal Navy.
    Navy Years
    On the 4th July 1943, Geoff was called up to join the Royal Navy and after completing his training at HMS Collingwood in Fareham he eventually passed out as a Midshipman at HMS King Alfred in Hove. In the January of 1944 — training continued at both Lancing College and Roedean School before finally qualifying as a Navigation Officer at the Greenwich Royal Navy College.
    An inauspicious start to Geoff's Naval career saw him initially posted to HMS Attack at Portland Bill where he joined Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) 708 which was sunk in the English Channel by so-called friendly fire from two Australian Beaufighters — a narrow escape - but thankfully Geoff survived and was then re-called to join MTB 750 as Navigating Officer.
    The next few months were spent on patrol — mainly around the Channel Islands. On June 5th 1944, MTB 750 was called up as part of the Allied Invasion of France. At 5:30am on June 6th — D-Day - Geoff was aboard his boat a few miles of the coast of Arromanche laying a smoke screen to protect HMS Belfast which was bombarding the coast.
    As the invasion progressed, Geoff's boat was given the unenviable task of clearing oyster mines from the approach channel to Le Havre - this involved dropping depth charges and racing away as quickly as possible. Apparently, the crew on the bridge sat on cushions to minimize the effects of the explosions.
    Eventually Geoff was granted extended leave of about 10 weeks when he took the opportunity to catch up with virtually every show in London's West End.
    By now promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant, Geoff's Naval career ended with him posted to Whale Island where he took command of a small MTB — CTB47 which had the somewhat dangerous task of towing targets that were fired at by Sub-lieutenants undergoing training.
    In October 1946 - at the age of 21 - Geoff was demobbed from the Royal Navy and returned back to his desk at the Midland Bank where he became a cashier on the counter.
    Working Life
    The next few years saw Geoff's time occupied with work at the Midland Bank eventually moving to a branch in New Oxford Street.
    On the social side — Geoff continued his interest in the Scouts and became a Rover associated with the 67th Croydon Scout group which also inspired the formation of the Pathfinders Dance Band in which Geoff played the accordion. By all accounts, the band secured a number of regular bookings and were paid 30 shillings (£1.50) for a Saturday night.
    By 1949 Geoff had become somewhat disenchanted with his career at the Midland Bank and answered an advert in the London Evening Standard for a position in the Bill Department at the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney in the City of London based in Birchin Lane.
    At the same time, Geoff became involved with the local Young Conservatives where he met Jeanne and they became engaged around the time of the YC National Conference at Eastbourne in 1951.
    Married at St Paul's Church, Thornton Heath in March 1952 —Jeanne and Geoff spent their honeymoon in Falmouth — the weather was very cold.
    Andrew, their first born arrived in 1953 and the growing family had by now moved to their first house in Cambridge Road, Carshalton.
    Work and family life continued apace and •off attended the International Banking Summer School at Knocke
    I in Belgium. A second son, Colin arrived in 19 6 an the :ank mov o new offices in Old Jewry in the
    ity where Geoff was appointed Assistant Superintendent International Department.
    In 1959 the family decided to move to a new home in Carleton Avenue, Wallington and Geoff bought his first car — a Ford Prefect — affectionately remembered by its number plate LTV654.
    A third son, Paul arrived in 1962 and soon after, but hopefully not connected, Geoff went away for a business trip to Australia for 3 months. There began an association with many Australian friends and colleagues that has endured to this-day.
    On his return, Geoff was kept busy both at work and home and a close association was formed with St Marks Church, Purley. Geoff became a sidesman and took on the sometimes demanding roll of being Scoutmaster for the 25th Purley Scout Troop.
    In 1968, Geoff decided that the stage beckoned and he became involved in the local amateur dramatic society St Marks Players where he debuted by taking the lead role in "An Inspector Calls". Over the years, Geoff continued his association with the players appearing in and directing a number of productions that included The Browning Version, Harlequinade and Tea House of the August Moon.
    By this time work was also beginning to involve a number of overseas visits to the Continent that included several visits to Moscow which of course at that time was still behind the Iron Curtain.
    In 1971, Geoff was promoted to be London Manager of the Bank which involved a lot more business travel and culminated in 1980 with a month long trip to Australia — this time accompanied by Jeanne.
    Having been promoted to Assistant Chief Manager, London Office — a surprise takeover of the Bank by the National Australia Bank in 1981 effectively made Geoff's position redundant and he decided to take the opportunity of early retirement having worked for the Bank for 32 years.
    Early Retirement
    Early retirement opened up a whole new world to Geoff and he became involved in the Voluntary Sector. Of particular note is Geoff's involvement with the Croydon Voluntary Service for the Blind where he eventually ended up producing a weekly news tape of local news and current events that was duplicated and distributed across the borough to blind and visually impaired residents.
    Geoff found this and other voluntary activities particularly rewarding in between rediscovering his golf swing and enjoying regular rounds of golf with other retired colleagues. It also opened up the opportunity for more travel and in 1984 Geoff & Jeanne embarked on a 3 month holiday that included a visit to Hong Kong and an extended stay in Australia that allowed them to catch up with close friends and ex-bank colleagues.
    In 1986, another chapter started in Geoff's life and with all 3 sons now flown the nest - he and Jeanne decided to move from Wallington to Flndon.
    The move proved a great success and Geoff and Jeanne adapted to village life and gradually made new friends and became involved in local organisations and activities.
    Music was always important to Geoff throughout his life and a source of great enjoyment — whether performing or listening. In 1990, the opportunity arose to become involved in the Local Music Hall production
    in the Village Hall — where Geoff played the piano and over the following 4/5 years played in a further eight or nine productions.
    There also started a longstanding association with St John's Church in Findon — where Geoff became a sidesman and on occasions would play the church organ if required.
    Involvement with the local Primary School in Findon provided much pleasure as Geoff became a School Governor where he also played the piano at school assembly. It always pleased him when encounters with youngsters throughout the village often began with the greeting — "I remember you — you used to play the piano at my school ". Geoff eventually retired from his duties at the school and he presented the school with a small shield called the "Hastings award for outstanding achievement" which to this day is still awarded annually.
    Another great pleasure was the involvement with Probus and also the Coastal Forces Veterans Association where many longstanding friendships were formed.
    When he had any spare time he also enjoyed playing bowls and the odd game of snooker.
    Latterly — Geoff began to wind down some of his activities but always took a great interest in village life and really felt part of Findon and the associations he belonged to — it is gratifying that so many are here today to pay their respects.
    Never shy to embrace the digital age — Geoff bought his first laptop at the age of 80 and fully exploited the age of the internet and loved keeping in touch with family and friends around the world using email.
    Sometimes when introducing himself, Geoff would say — its an easy name to remember — Hastings as in 1066 —this may explain when choosing his own email address that he insisted on including Senlac Hill — site of the Battle of Hastings - as part of the address. It's not clear whether this made the address any more memorable but was certainly unique.
    Which brings us to the present day — Geoff packed a lot into his 88 years and touched a lot of people's lives.
    Over the last few days — the family have been overwhelmed by the kind words and notes of condolence that have been received. A common theme throughout them all is that Geoff was great company, always willing to help out and a true gentleman. His life covered a momentous period in modern history and he always moved with the times but never forgot his role as a loving husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather — he will be sorely missed but leaves a tremendous legacy of cherished memories and laughter that will endure well beyond today.

Arthur W. HAYES (28/10/1924 - 7/11/2021)

  • Scott Marnane, Presdient NABROC NSW advised: Members, it is with sadness that I advise of the recent passing of our member, Arthur Hayes; he was 97.
    Arthur, at the age of 17, joined the CBC in Windsor in 1941 and proudly maintained his Membership in the CBC Officers Club.  In his retirement he completed a long held objective to write a book.  In recent times Arthur had been in residential care in Ourimbah, and he passed away peacefully on 7th November, 2021.
    On behalf of the Committee and Members of the NAB Retired Officers Club of NSW, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Arthur’s family in this time of sadness and loss.

  • Wayne Linnert, President CBC Officers Club advised: It is with sadness that I advise the passing of Arthur who was a Life Member of our Club.
    Arthur joined the Bank on 17/7/1941 at Windsor then worked in many country areas and gained Accountant position at Kempsey in January 1961 followed by first managerial position at Pilliga in November 1966. He was then transferred to Sydney Office in July 1968 and held managerial positions in several departments and retired on 31/7/1984 as an Internal Auditor. \
    In July 2010 Arthur wrote a 223 page book titled “Arthur’s Story” being an autobiography with a touch of sociology. This book is held in our Archives.
    Although we have not been able to confirm Arthur’s service we understand it will be held at Mackay Family Funerals, 249 Pacific Highway, Ourimbah on Monday 22/11/2021 at 2.30pm. Covid restrictions apply and all guests must have had double vaccinations. If you intend to go to Arthur’s service we suggest you confirm details with Mackay Family Funerals on 4362-2733.  The service will also be live streamed by Mackay Family Funerals.
    Our sincere sympathy has been extended to Arthur’s family at this time.

  • In March,/April 1963 I was transferred from Bellingen to Gladstone NSW, as Junior Ledger keeper, and Arthur Redhead was the Accountant at Kempsey at that time.
    The then Manager was Ray Howard, who was on sick leave when I arrived and Arthur was there relief Managing.
    I’m sure that he went on to manage Pilliga Branch, before coming back to Head Office in the late ‘60’s, where we renewed acquaintances. Many many years later, around 2010/12? from memory, I met Arthur again, on one of our Day Tours that we operated, here on the Gold Coast, and he had changed his surname, by deed poll at the request of his family, due to personal reasons. We had a most enjoyable day re-living the great days of the “CBC”.

Ross "Rosco" T HAYES (10/4/2020)

  • Neil Silver advised Mike Hook: "Ross did not make it thru  the night. Died at 7.20pm last night.
    I will get a resume together later for possible publication to the CBC family.
    Unlikely we could go to his funeral-
    -10 max at funeral
    -travel to Lismore
    -already more than 10 counting Rhonda/2 sons/their wives and family of Ross in that part of the world.
    Another good man down mate. Up to us to carry the flag forward."

  • Stuart Hayes (eldest son) advised: Ross was born and raised in Kyogle in Far North NSW and joined the CBC at 15 in 1959 completing his probation at nearby Woodenbong
    He was initially transferred to Riverstone in Sydney where he spent 2 the next years
    Stints followed at Lane Cove and Maroubra before five of his most memorable and enjoyable years at the Elizabeth Street branch
    His first Accountant position was in 1972 at 35 Pitt Steet, followed by Auburn in 1975.
    Ross moved to the St Leonard’s Computer Centre as “Conversion Relief” to cover Branch Managers as they were training on the incoming Computer systems.
    In 1977 he was promoted to his first branch manager position in Lake Cargelligo where he joined the active APEX and sailing communities.
    In 1980 ROSS transferred to manage the Cobar branch in far western NSW where he was part of a very tight knit banking fraternity with the Rural Bank and Commonwealth
    1985 he transferred to Kempsey on the relief staff working at branches across the Mid North Coast and enjoying playing weekend cattle farmer in the Macleay Valley.
    He retired in 1993 and returned to his beloved Far North Coast moving to Lismore in 1994.
    A life in Country Banking allowed Ross to become deeply involved in his local communities, forge lifelong friendships across NSW, and provided his two sons with an upbringing and experiences that served them greatly as they forged their own highly successful careers.
    Ross spent his retirement between Lismore and the nearby coastal village of Evan’s Head.
    He and his wife of 52 years, Rhonda, travelled extensively around Australia and Internationally and pre COVID were heading to Russia later this year.
    Ross’s most cherished role post retirement was as beloved “Pappa Ross” to his four adored Grandchildren.
    Although successfully overcoming major health challenges over the past decade (including the priceless gift of a kidney transplant) Ross’s final battle ended far sooner than expected and he passed away on Good Friday at Lismore Base Hospital in the loving embraces of his wife and two sons.
    ROTARY CLUB of LISMORE WEST Inc.  Vale PP Ross Hayes, PHF
    Our Rotary Club is deeply saddened by the death on 11 April, aged 75 years, of our esteemed Club member, Past – President Ross Hayes, PHF. I am personally feeling PP Ross’s death as I inducted him into our Rotary Club on Thurs 28 January 1999, with the classification of Commercial Banking. I was also his Secretary when he was the 50th President of our Club and organised our 50th Anniversary held on Saturday, 4 June 2011 at the Lismore Workers’ Club.
    PP Ross was a very active Rotarian from day one, serving as Club Treasurer 2000 – 2001. He also served on our Board as Vocational Service Director and as Vice President a number of times, including 2019 – 2020. He also served on our Club’s BBQ Committee for many years.  In the 2003 – 2004 Rotary year, PP Ross received the PP Jack Selwood Memorial Award for Clubman of the Year. In 2011 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. PP Ross was a highly respected and dedicated Rotarian and his death has left a huge gap in our Rotary Club and in our lives but we have many happy memories of our time with him. PP Ross served Rotary and his community with passion and cheerfulness. Owing to current regulations regarding health issues with the coronavirus pandemic, a private funeral will be conducted for PP Ross by Club member, the Rev Glenn Samuel on Friday, 17 April. Our Club extends its sincere condolences to Rhonda and family. 
                                                                  Norm Robinson, Club Historian

  •  Ross was born and raised in Kyogle in Far North NSW and joined the CBC at 15 in 1959 completing his probation at nearby Woodenbong 
    He was initially transferred to Riverstone in Sydney where he spent 2 the next years.
    Stints followed at Lane Cove and Maroubra before five of his most memorable and enjoyable years at the Elizabeth Street branch

    His first Accountant position was in 1972 at 35 Pitt Steet, followed by Auburn in 1975.

    Ross moved to the St Leonard’s Computer Centre as “Conversion Relief” to cover Branch Managers as they were training on the incoming Computer systems.  

    In 1977 he was promoted to his first branch manager position in Lake Cargelligo where he joined the active APEX and sailing communities.

    In 1980 ROSS transferred to manage the Cobar branch in far western NSW where he was part of a very tight knit banking fraternity with the Rural Bank and Commonwealth

    1985 he transferred to Kempsey on the relief staff working at branches across the Mid North Coast and enjoying playing weekend cattle farmer in the Macleay Valley.

    He retired in 1993 and returned to his beloved Far North Coast moving to Lismore in 1994.

    A life in Country Banking allowed Ross to become deeply involved in his local communities, forge lifelong friendships across NSW, and provided his two sons with an upbringing and experiences that served them greatly as they forged their own highly successful careers.  

    Ross spent his retirement between Lismore and the nearby coastal village of Evan’s Head.

    He and his wife of 52 years, Rhonda, travelled extensively around Australia and Internationally and pre COVID were heading to Russia later this year.

    Ross’s most cherished role post retirement was as beloved “Pappa Ross” to his four adored Grandchildren.

    Although successfully overcoming major health challenges over the past decade (including the priceless gift of a kidney transplant) Ross’s final battle ended far sooner than expected and he passed away on Good Friday at Lismore Base Hospital in the loving embraces of his wife and two sons.

    Ross is survived by Rhonda, Stuart, Bradley and his four grandchildren.               Stuart Hayes (son)

Russ HENVILLE (14/3/2006)

  • Russ Henville passed away on the Gold Coast on 14th March 2006.  Kerri Kleidon advises:

Russ was a very jovial chap, said he remembered me when I worked in Head Office - I think Russ was either State Securities or Auditors - not real sure, but I'm sure many there in Sydney will remember him.

John Beer emailed: Russ was in Audit Department CBC Head Office 343 George Street Sydney about 1960s. Don Scott stated early May 2006 that Don thought Russ was the most senior person in CBC HO Audit.  In those days (before Mr RG [Bob] Taylor) was appointed Chief Auditor, Audit reported to a Senior Inspector in HO, I think Mr Jim T McCloy. Bob Taylor retired from Chief Auditor of CBC just prior to the merged bank adopting short name as “National Australia Bank” as from 1 January 1983, when he was replaced by Mr JH (John) Cadet.

Jim HICKEY (1/3/2014)

  • Vale - James ( Jim ) Michael Hickey  30 June 1932 - 1 March 2014
    We are advised by Mr. Steve Kelly (Son-in-Law) of the passing of Jim Hickey in Brisbane
    Jim is survived by his wife Margaret of 53 years ( also an ex CBC staff member ) who met Jim in the late 50s in the bank and his four daughters and one son . Jim’s health had not been good over the past 10 years but his lifelong mate Margaret has nursed him over difficult times . His four daughters, who all reside in Brisbane, have been constant companions and with their families and Jim's 7 grandsons will ensure Jim's legacy lives on .
    Jim Hickey- a fine and well respected colleague and Gentleman .


  • Don Cobcroft advised: Thanks for letting me know about Jim Hickey as I worked under Jim while he was manager at Richmond Branch back in the early days of 1969. 

Neil HIGGINS (3/2020)

  • Chris Leader advised Ernie Alcorn: In case you have not heard Neil Higgins, Manager Travel and retired near Yamba has departed this life about 2 .months ago.
    I have just heard.  He was a CBC person of course  before moving to 500 Bourke St.

Clifford Arthur HINTON (1/11/2009)

  • Ken Ryan advised of Cliff's passing.

  • John Beer advises that Cliff was:
    born 14th August 1944,
    Joined CBC Bank at Granville around 1961.
    1967 March 20 CBC Bank 26b Old Northern Rd Baulkham Hills branch opened where customers included Mr & Mrs Hinton parents of Cliff A Hinton
    1968 June Cliff was in second lot of CBC audit clerks appointed mid-1968 (wiith John Beer from CBC Baulkham Hills & Brian Bartley)
    1960s a cricketer in CBC Golden Oldies team & Baulkham Hills Cricket Club
    1974 Relieving Manager Wentworthville where he counted Teller Helen's cash
    Cliff & Helen married & had sons Daryl & Andrew
    Cliff was Manager of CBC branches including
    1979 Gloucester
    1980s Windsor
    1980s Double Bay unified branch
    Father in law of Sashikha
    Grandfather of Antisu & Noah
    2009 March 3 CBCOC meeting apology "cancerous growth located in urethra & undergoing radiotherapy & chemotherapy treatment then hope to be back attending meetings & on the cricket field with CBC Golden oldies in the near future. Regards to all members"
    2009 June 1 CBCOC meeting "apology - unable to attend due to continuing chemotherapy treatment. Really enjoy the newsletter. Regards."
    By October it was realised there was no chance of recovery because cancer spread too quickly to areas that could not be radiated.
    2009 November 1 died peacefully at home
    November 3 Tuesday obituaries in Daily Telegraph & SMH.  November 6 Friday 11am Service in St Pauls Anglican Church 421 Old Northern Rd Castle Hill (adjacent to & north of Anglican Retirement Village) Donations to Cancer Council in lieu of flowers.
    Attendees included John Beer where there must have been more than 100 people who were invited to Baulkham Hills Sports Club for continuation of celebration of the life of Cliff.

Alan HOLMES (26/7/2020)

  • John Gall advised: Sorry I am the bearer of more sad news from south .

  • Alan Holmes a  well known retired CBC Senior Manager passed away suddenly yesterday after a heart operation.

    Apart from other senior appointments in the CBC and NAB here in Victoria, he was well known from his days as Manager, of the CBC West End Branch in London.

  • Des Akers advised: a very well known member of the CBC family, Alan Holmes passed away in Melbourne on Sunday 26th July following a major heart operation.
    He is survived by his wife Carmel who was also a CBC staff member in her young days and their two sons Michael and Andrew.
    Alan, who was aged 84, was a Regional Manager when he retired from NAB in the early 1990’s and was Manager of West End Branch, London in the 1970’s where he made a lot of friends on the staff, some of whom still kept in contact with him and Carmel.
    He was also well known to some of the Sydney cricketers who played in the annual Sydney v Melbourne Interstate cricket matches.

  • Ian Holston advised: I first met Alan Holmes in London in 1972 when he was at West End Branch. I was studying singing.  We had a lovely dinner at Flanagan’s one evening. I think in Harley Street with Peter Martin and his wife, we were all invited out for the evening by some wealthy North Sydney Customers; Bill and Moira Keith. They had just sold their business to enable the construction of Northpoint.  Before dinner we had enjoyed some “Black Velvets” at the Keith’s flat in Kensington.

Tom  HONEYMAN (8/11/2000)

  • 1960 Manager Barraba
    19700630 Inspector
    19730630 Chief Manager Corporate Services
    19740630 AGM Corporate & International
    19770630 GM Operations
    1979 retired
    HONEYMAN Thomas Harvey late of Yamba died 8 November 2000 SMH Death Notice 11 November 2000

June HONEYMAN (12/2009)

  • Wooloweyah leader will be missed by Marsha Neville | 19th December 2009
    June ’Honeypot’ Honeyman.

    Wooloweyah lost its most adored and respected community member on Thursday, with the passing of June Honeyman, aged 94.
    Considered the matriarch of the village, June or ‘Honeypot’ as she was affectionately known, will be fondly remembered as the builder of community spirit.
    “She had the vision to create a strong cohesive community that protects and nurtures the children,” her close friend Angela Rock said.
    With her late husband Tom, June donated money towards the establishment of the Wooloweyah tennis court that this year staged its 10th annual Wooloweyah Wimbledon competition.
    She was the custodian of the tennis court key that hung at her front door for the kids to fetch when they wanted a hit.
    She said the court should remain free to the village children always.
    “It was her idea to have the kids’ competition, saying ‘don’t forget the children’ and bought tennis racquets for prizes and presented them every year,” Angela said.
    Catherine Suttor remembers the Honeymans opening their doors to the playgroup she established 13 years ago.
    June was a surrogate grandmother to many of the village kids.
    “Every year when the mandarins were ripe, we would take the kids to the Honeyman's garden to pick the fruit,” Angela said of the tradition that June carried on after Tom passed away.
    June’s best friend Bobby McCaughey, who visited her daily in the past years, said June led an inspired life.
    “She was instrumental in establishing the parklands and enlisting the help of others; she always bought the raffle tickets that came to her door, sponsored children overseas and gave to about 10 charities on a regular basis.
    “She was the keeper of our stories,” Bobby said.
    June could be seen at every birthday and community meeting, often sending up a six-pack of beer at the end of a working bee.
    She had her own two children Mary (now deceased) and Peter and five grandchildren Tom, Alex, Diana, Joni and Nicky, but was mum to so many more.
    June was greatly loved and respected and a wonderful role model who will be sadly missed

Robert Michael (Mike) HOOK (15/4/1942 - 17/1/2021)

  • Wayne Linnert, President, OFFICERS CLUB Incorporated  advised: VALE MICHAEL R M HOOK
    It is with sadness that I advise the passing of Michael who was a past President, Archivist and Publicity Officer of our Club.
    Michael succumbed to a long battle with Melanoma which ultimately took a heavy toll on his wellbeing.
    Michael joined the Bank on 5/1/1959 at Cooma then gradually made his way to Sydney via Queenbeyan, Barellan and Wollongong to Relieving Staff. Michael’s first managerial position was at Newport in approx. 1975 then followed CAGA Centre, Hobart, Castlereagh & Hunters Sts then Sydney University where he finished on 1/7/1991.
    Michael was a very good player and supporter of the CBC Squash Club where he won the 1973 Club Championship.
    Over the years he has been a very strong supporter of the CBC Officers Club and has regularly brought in photos and items which he has presented to the appropriate members.
    There will be a private family cremation and when Covid restrictions are eased in coming weeks there will be a service to celebrate Michael’s life in the Barker College Chapel. We will advise details when notified.
    Our sincere condolences have been passed on to Jenny and her family by Lynette Silver.

  • Lynette Silver advised: Michael’s wife, Jenny Hook, is very touched by your messages of condolence and appreciates your on-going support at this very difficult time. 
    She knows that some of you may want to send flowers but, as she is moving between their homes at Thornleigh and Avoca, to no set time table, she has requested, in lieu of flowers, that anyone who was considering this option makes a donation to cancer research, in Mike's memory.  Here is the direct link.
    A service to celebrate Mike's life is to be held in a few weeks at Barker College.  Once the date and time have been confirmed, advice will be distributed.  Because of covid, numbers will probably be restricted. It is not known, at this stage,  what regulations will be in force. On receipt of the advice, people will be asked to register their attendance. Once the maximum number has been reached, further registration will be curtailed.  

  • Memorial Service details here.

  • Ian Holston wrote: I am already misssing my  regular walks along Avoca Beach with Michael and his dog while chatting on his Mobile.
    A special guy was "Captain Hook" (from J M Barrie fame) or known to some as Mikey Boy, an oustanding networker to so many people from all walks of life.
    I first met  Mike when he was about 21 at North Sydney Branch  he was sent over to help update the Savings Bank Interest on the Hand Ledgers and extracting Inoperative Accounts at the same time. One of these accounts was one John Newclombe who had opened an account when attending Shore School. Years later he was to lend John and his Doubles partner Tony Roche money to go to Wimbledon.
    He was an outstanding Tennis and Squash player and a better than average cricketer playing in matches for the Southern Branches against Sydney at Goulburn and being a foundation member of the CBC Golden Oldies Cricket Club.
    A past President of the CBC Officers Club where he saw the value in conducting luncheons in Country locations, a practice that the CBC Golden Oldies Cricket Club had succesfully held over a 10 year period in various locations across the state.
    He has championed and encouraged me to complete the recording of some CBC history and its cricket clubs. The project is finished , just awaiting some financial decisions. Michael has  supplied many photois and stories of his involvement with many interesting sporting personalities, so the book will prove a worthy legacy to his memory for both his family and large network of friends.
    Michael may the hand of  a friend always be with you. 

    A life made beautiful by kindly deeds,

    With ever a thought for other's needs,

    A heart so true, and friendship sound

    Loved and respected by all around. 

    God Bless Michael, my good friend, Ian




    John Grandsden advised: Image of   Hooks Pharmacy in Sharp Street, Cooma. (main street). Owned by Michael's father and still going strong under the Hook name.

Adrian John HORNIMAN (19/1/1930 - 7/11/2020)     

  • Adrian joined the Bank on 13/01/1949 at Maclean and served at other country branches, then to Head Office. He remained in Sydney for some time before he again went to the country serving at Macksville, Tabulam and Canowindra. Adrian retired as Senior Manager Audit on 19/07/1989.
    I met Adrian in 10/1983 when he was Manager at Lidcombe/Flemington Markets and I was his Accountant. He was a very kind and knowledgeable man always willing to offer his guidance. 
    Our deepest condolences are extended to Adrian’s family.
    Adrian’s final request was for a modest and simple farewell which has been held.
    I thank Kerry O’Connor for his notification.

  • NABROC NSW President Scott Marnane advised: Vale - Adrian John HORNIMAN  19/1/1930 - 7/11/2020
    Members, I am saddened to belatedly advise of the recent passing of our member Adrian Horniman; he was aged 90.  
    I recently received a call from CBC Retired Officers Club President, Wayne Linnert, advising that Adrian who was a member of both Clubs, had recently passed away peacefully at his home in Pyrmont.
    On behalf of the Members and Committee of the NAB Retired Officer’s Club we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Adrian’s children and the Horniman and Diggs families.

  • I am writing to let you know that our dad, Adrian Horniman passed away on November 7.
    Adrian joined the CBC bank on 13 January 1948 at Maclean and worked at Forbes, Mascot, Lane Cove, Orange, Trangie, Gilgandra, Brewarrina, Charlesville (Qld), Head Office, Cronulla and Marrickville.
    He had two Accountant appointments at Auburn and Macksville then Manager appointments at Tabulam, Canowindra, High & Church Sts. Maitland, Eastwood and Lidcombe/Flemington Markets sub-branch.He became a Senior Manager Audit 1983-1989 (visiting NSW branches, city, suburban and country) until his retirement in July 1989.
    Adrian was a fourth generation Horniman in the Bank. His great grandfather, John Horniman was a junior at Cooma branch in 1860 and was appointed Manager at the Lismore branch in 1870 – the first bank in Lismore. His two daughters (AnneMaree & Jeni) followed in his footsteps for a period in the late 1970’s.
    We loved him so.  In his memory & from his daughters, AnneMaree (Horniman) now Simon-Mayer & Jeni Lee (Horniman) now Hawthorne

Dick HORTON (25/2/2022)

  • Dick left the bank many years ago but was a very well known member of the relieving staff for a number of years. He had been in very poor health for several years.
    There is to be a private cremation once the crematorium is available in Maclean.
    In 1965, Dick, along with John Coulton, Bill Harding, Glenn Williams and myself, visited Japan. Needless to say, there was some very serious partying by a rather unruly group of 20 something year olds.




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