representing Officers and families of

The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited

and its subsidiaries & affiliates.

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Welcome to the Officers Club

Our Mission

We aim to facilitate the camaraderie which has distinguished Officers of the CBC Bank from others in the industry, and to enable them to share their experiences.


This club was formed around 1970 as the CBC Retired Officers Club to cater for retired officers of The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited.

Over the years since around 1996 the club was renamed as the CBC Officers Club and membership has been extended to all who were at one time officers of the Bank, its subsidiaries and affiliates and their families.

Having been in existence for many years, the Club became incorporated on 18th March 2009.

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The Bank's Seal:

A bit of info on the actual ship that is portrayed on the seal of the CBC Bank. It is the clipper "Thermopylae." and was similar to the famous "Cutty Sark."

The official CBC Bank seal has evolved over the years to its present form which depicts the trading vessel "Thermopylae" and its produce cargo. From an original painting by Australian artist and sculptor Dennis Adams.

David Jobson

Thermopylae was an extreme composite clipper ship built in 1868 by Walter Hood & Co of Aberdeen to the design of Bernard Weymouth of London for the White Star Line of Aberdeen.

She measured 212'0"36'0"20'9" and tonnage 991 GRT, 948 NRT and 927 tons under deck. The under deck coefficient was 0,58. Rigged with royal sails, single topgallant and double top-sails.

She was designed for the China tea trade, and set speed records on her maiden voyage to Melbourne -- 63 days, still the fastest trip under sail. In 1872 she raced the clipper Cutty Sark from Shanghai back to London and won by seven days after Cutty Sark lost her rudder. In 1895 she was sold to Portugal and used as a naval training ship. The Portuguese Navy torpedoed her at sea in 1906

The Bank's Name:
1834 November 1 Commercial Banking Co of Sydney opened its doors for the first time
1848 June 30 last day operating as "Commercial Banking Co of Sydney"
1848  July 1 Joint Stock Banking Company "The Commercial Banking Co of Sydney" opened for business
1858 The National Bank of Australasia opened for business
1893 May 15 "The Commercial Banking Co of Sydney" closed doors pending reconstruction
1893 June 19 "The Commercial Banking Co of Sydney Ltd"  opened for business
1927 January 1 merger with Bank of Victoria Ltd came into effect
1963 to 1969 logo used was  C.B.C. with 343 George St Sydney building
1970 CBC Retired Officers Club formed.
1969 to 1982 December 31 the latest CBC Bank logo
1981  May 21 joint announcement by CBC and NBA  of merger
1981 September 30 NBA finalises purchase of shares in CBC from shareholders of CBC
1981 October 1 merger with The National Bank of Australasia Ltd (NBA)
1983 January 1 CBC and NBA adopted short name of  "National Australia Bank". Star logo's two stripes signified the two banks.
1983 January 4 name changed from The National Bank of Australasia Ltd to National Commercial Banking Corporation of Australia Ltd (NCBCofA)
1984 October 4 name change from NCBCofA to National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB)
1999 after Frank Cicutto became MD the Bank was referred to as "The National"
2006 February 8 National Australia Bank revised its logo and commenced being known as 'nab'.

See Head Office - Historical - 19th Century and History for more details.

Contact Information

TelephoneOutside Australia use prefix 612 for landlines9983 1289 
 Outside NSW         use prefix 02 for landlines  
 Outside Australia substitute "0" for "61"  for mobiles. 
SubscriptionsTreasurerMargaret Powell0405 391
 PO Box 319,St. Ives NSW 2075  
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Office BearersPresidentDavidWyndham0405 047
 Vice PresidentFred Harvison0419 578
 SecretaryMary Lamborn
 TreasurerMargaret Powell0405 391
 ArchivistAlan Pitt0419 328
 AuditorNorm Peverell(02) 9521 5805 
 DistributionWayne Linnert0405 692
 Luncheons & Life MembershipsRowan Raymond-Jones0411 771
 Memberships & DatabaseBob Handel0407 398
 NewsletterJohn Ness0418 963
 Public OfficerMary Lamborn
 WebmasterJohn Ness0418 963

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