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William Wallace "Bill" WADDELL (  /1/2012)

  • Sam Clough advised: In His 75th Year, Of Lorn, Maitland.
    Dearly loved husband of ANDREA, adored father and father-in-law of DONNA and MARK RYAN, MATTHEW and KRISTY WADDELL, doting Poppy of KATE and LEILA, brother, brother-in-law and uncle of JOHN, PETER, ANNE, MARGARET, ROBIN, KEN and their FAMILIES.
    Family and friends are invited to attend the Service to be held at St Joseph's Catholic Church, King Street, East Maitland on THURSDAY 5th January, 2012 at 12.30pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Kidney Foundation may be left at the Church.

Henry WALKER (16/1/1890)

  • Henry Walker was born in London in 1844. His family arrived in Australia in 1853.  He was the eldest son and he became an employee of The Commercial Bank of Sydney.  In 1885, after rising to the status of manager, first in Bourke, then in Bega, he resigned from this bank in order to return to Sydney to educate his children. Some time later he joined the Queensland National Bank, serving in Ivanhoe prior to moving to Cooktown in 1890 just when the QN Bank was building its new premises. 

  • Click here for photo taken by Frank Maundrell of a plaque in that building.  Frank says "It incorporates history from CBC and QNB, both ancestor Banks of NAB.  QNB built the magnificent old Bank building in Cooktown, which features very elaborate red cedar counters and other fittings.  Following closure of QNB (long before merger with NBA), Bank of NSW bought the site for, if memory serves me right, about 500 pounds!  The building is now a museum, concentrating on the building history." 

Jeff WALKER (7/6/09)

  • Alan Holmes advised via Gwen McBeth: It is with sadness that I advise that Jeff passed away this morning after a long battle with Cancer, which started with Prostate and then spread everywhere. I am not sure when the funeral will be, but it will be in the paper. I will not be able to attend as we will be away this week.

Guy Cedric Hardwick WALSH (14/8/2015)

  • Lex Webb advised "I did see the brief Death Notice in the SMH and sadly was unable to attend the funeral.  Guy was a good friend to many in the C.B.C.  and a highly regarded colleague to all.  Guy moved from C.B.C. London Office in the late 1950's and was appointed Senior Trade Development Officer in the International Banking Division where I worked from 1960 to 1968.  In 1969 Guy took up a senior position in the English Trade Confirming House, Schofield Goodman in Sydney.  We kept in touch for a number of years.  Guy was an impeccable dresser and was always the True English Gentleman.  He was an office In The Royal  Air force during World War 2.  Guy was pre-deceased by his wife Sue."

Murray WALSH (31/7/2008)

  • Chris Rush advised that Murray Walsh of the Central Coast passed away 31st July 2008.

Bob WALTON (14/5/2010)

  • Gwen McBeth advised on 15th May:
    "Another sad loss from our CBC family.
    Bob Walton passed away yesterday evening.
    Bob had surgery on Wednesday for a prostate gland problem but suffered heart problems afterwards, was moved to coronary care but had a massive heart attack yesterday. It appears his heart was not in good condition but had not caused symptoms or been investigated."

  • Des Akers advised: "Some of your members might like to know that Bob Walton died here in Melbourne on 14th May.  Bob was a noted cricketer who was in the first Victorian to play Sydney at Petersham Oval during the 1960/61 season and later played Grade Cricket in Adelaide.  Unfortunately Bob did not recover from a Prostate operation that went wrong.  A very large contingent of former CBC staff attended the funeral."


  • John Searle advised that Tom Waterhouse died on 23rd August.

    Had I been present at the meeting I would have liked to say a few words about Tom, so perhaps you, or the President, might read the following.

    “Tom and I had somewhat parallel, though widely apart, lives. Born in 1919, he was 3 months younger than I, and no doubt would have joined the CBC Bank, and retired from it at about the same time.

    The records show his date of enlistment in the 2nd AIF, as 29th May 1940, one day after mine, but he had an Army number  3400 lower than mine - we were both drafted to the same unit –the 2/13th Infantry Battalion.

     We never worked together in the CBC Bank, and we were never close to each other in our war time days. There may be some members present who worked in the Bank with Tom -  I think his Bank service would have been very largely in the Sydney Metropolitan area.  He retired from Manager  MIRANDA Branch, and it was only in my last couple of years, in Personnel Department, that we came anywhere near each other.

    In the Army Tom was in our Mortar Platoon, and I was in a Rifle Company. However we knew of each other as having been in the CBC,  and  after the war, despite never being geographically close, became firm  friends.  I well remember Tom and his Wife, Mary, calling on us when we were in Mudgee – about 1960 it would have been.

     I had very few years in Sydney before I retired in 1982, and it was not until our Army Reunions after that time that we saw much of each other. Tom’s wife, Mary, developed mobility problems at a relatively early age, and Tom became her full time Carer for many years, which limited his movements greatly. Mary died 3 months before Tom. However we maintained frequent contact via the telephone, especially over the past couple years.

    With 5 other army mates of Tom I was able to attend his funeral service at Sutherland on Tuesday  August 30th, and at the invitation of the Family spoke on behalf of the Battalion and the CBC Bank.

Ian WATTS (19/12/1924 - 18/9/2017)

Jennie Ruming advised: Ian joined the CBC in 1941 at the age of 17. His first branch was Warwick in Qld followed by Moree and Woodenbong in NSW. Whilst at Woodenbong Ian joined the Air Training Corps and then the RAAF in 1943. This lead to a period of service in England flying in Lancaster Bombers as a wireless operator/air gunner until the end of WW2 when he returned to Australia and the CBC. Ian went on to marry his wife Margaret Rose Watts in 1951 and they were together for 60 years before Margaret died in 2011. Ian was manager at Bundarra, Woodenbong, Holbrook, Forbes and Maitland, all NSW branches, before retiring to Soldiers Point, Port Stephens in 1984. Ian and Margaret had a wonderful retirement at Port Stephens and their 3 children {Jenny, Michael and Andrew} and grandchildren have great memories of beach holidays at the house in Visa Avenue, Soldiers Point.

Ian was a genuine CBC man for life. He accepted the merger with the National Bank but the CBC was the original and the best. As adults, we 3 children never discussed if we had defected to another bank.....we knew that he would take it a personal insult that we had left the NAB for an inferior financial institution. When Ian died his money was deposited in one place and one place only, the NAB of course.

Ian always read the CBC newsletters and as he became more frail I read them to him. They were always a source of joy for him.

Ross WEBB (1988)

  • See Clair Weir below.

Lindsay WEBSTER (23/9/2009)

  • Des Akers advised via Gwen McBeth: I have received word from Fred Laird that Lindsay Webster passed away in Mildura on 23 September and would appreciate you circulating this to our CBC Group.  Lindsay was a top guy who would be remembered by the oldies in particular.

Clair WEIR nee Quelch (12/2011)

  • Many thanks for advising members of the passing of my dear wife Claire as Alan Holmes has notified you.
    Claire was a CBC Bank officer (secretary within Inspector's Department,Head Office ). Her maiden name was Claire Quelch. She married Ross Webb in the early '60's. Ross died in l988 and Claire and I have been married for 22 years.
    These are details that Alan may not know hence my reply.  Please feel free to pass on my email address to any enquirers, I would be happy to reply.
    God bless ,  Kevin Weir.

  • Kevin Meyer advised: Claire was the Southern Inspector's typiste in the early fifties. She later married the clerk, Ross Webb, who passed away some years ago.  Kevin Weir had been widowed about that time and Claire and kevin later married.
    She was a very nice girl and I think she was originally from Sydney.

Mary WICKS (2/2008)

  • Mary’s funeral was held at Northern Suburbs Crematorium North Ryde on 08.02.2008. Although Mary would not have been known to many, she was a very special lady & a very loyal CBC officer. She was the wife of the late Ronald George Wicks who retired as Manager of 28 George St., Parramatta in January, 1972

  • Mary joined CBC at Goulburn in 1939, and due to shortage of staff during the 2nd war, was transferred to Head Office., where she met Ron.  In 1951, he asked for her hand in marriage which she gladly agreed too. Due to Staff Department’s rules of that time, that is, she could not remain at the same branch of her future husband, Mary returned to Goulburn.  Mary & Ron married in 1952, and had two children Jenny & Les.  Mary’s funeral’s was attended by a few ex-staff & partners – Di Mahony; Rosemary Emmett & Ken;¸Ted & Pam Elliott; John Williams and Henry & Yvonne Thorne who shared many good memories of Mary with Jenny & Les. (Thank you Henry Thorne) 

Ronald George WICKS (6/3/1988)

  • WICKS Ronald George Death notice 06 MAR 1988 Death late of Carlingford Sydney Morning Herald 07 MAR 1988


Robin WILLIAMS (25/5/2013)

  • Greg Thorp advised that Robin passed away on 25th May.  Robin was Greg's uncle, and was well known from his time in International Division at Head Office.
  • 27th May 2013 Richard Nott advised "He was the kindest and gentlest man I met in the bank. He and Eric Gillespie were great mates. He must have been well into his 90's."  He was nearly 94.
  • It is indeed sad to learn of the passing of Robin Williams.
    He was OIC Overseas Department at Head Office when I joined that Department in 1966 and was still OIC when I left the Department in 1972. I had the utmost respect for Robin, who I never heard raise his voice to anyone. His knowledge was extraordinary and he was always ready and willing to share that knowledge whenever it was needed. As all old CBCers know, the Bank was very formal when it came to interaction between senior staff and junior staff. "Sir" or "Mr." was the invariable mode of address! Robin was the first such senior - to me! - Officer to invite me to use his first name, which I proudly did, even though I had then been in the Department for several years. As we all learnt over time, just because you call someone by his first name does not mean you have no respect for him! That could not be more clearly epitomised, so far as I am concerned, than with the relationship I enjoyed with Robin Williams!
    If you are able, would you please pass on my sympathy to his family.  Vale Robin Williams! I salute you!  Frank Maundrell
  • I have vivid memories of Robin Williams.
    He was “The Manager Overseas Department Head Office 343 George Street” when I arrived from the UK, feeling very disorientated & apprehensive.
    This was the result of having arrived the week before from The CBC London Office (where I had worked for 3 years), with my family.
    I was allocated by Personnel Department to The Overseas Department Head Office.
    I had never worked in an Overseas Department before, & was then only 21 years old.
    So this was a new country, new job & I was not qualified to work in the Overseas Department,
    I had only worked in General banking & Cables.
    As well, I was a “10 Quid Tourist”, who had immigrated to this new country, whereas I had lived for 21 years in the old country.
    When introduced to Robin, I was made to feel extremely welcome.
    He was “The Perfect Gentleman” & really helped with my transition into my new environment - The Overseas Department.
    He was a great person to work with & under, & with his sidekick Eric Gillespie ran a very tight but happy Department.
    I was there for 10 years before being transferred to CBC Royal Exchange as the Bill Clerk & later Assistant Manager in charge of Royal Exchange Overseas Department.
    During my time working under Robin, he ensured that I was exposed to all aspects of Overseas/International Business & Procedures, which stood me in stead for my continued career in the International Field of Banking.
    As stated he was “The Perfect Gentleman & was highly respected by CBC Head Office Management, International & Corporate Divisions, & especially by his staff in The Overseas Department.
    It would be many years before someone of the same calibre as Robin would be found to replace him.
    As Robin moved to The Southern Highlands when he retired & then later to The Central Coast, I like many others lost track of him.
    I did meet Robin (for the first time in many years) at a CBC Luncheon last year & it was great to reminisce with him.
    I am only sorry that I will not be able to attend his funeral.
    My Wife Noreen & myself would be most appreciative if you could extend our condolences to Robin’s Wife & Family.
    Regards,   Tony & Noreen Panos

E. R. (Ross) WILLIAMS (8/11/2008)

  • Kevin Meyer received a call from Vic Martin advising that Ross Williams passed away.  Details will be in Monday's Herald, with the funeral on Tbursday at Balgowlah.


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