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Northern Territory
Darwin Office,
67 Smith Street. NT






1/67 Smith Street, Darwin City, NT 0800

67 Smith Street house was the first residence built by Mr & Mrs Michael Paspaley who later changed surname to Paspalis
1967 CBC Properties paid $100,000 for the property as site for Darwin Branch. Owned by CBC Properties, the new building comprised branch, 2 office suites and male staff quarters.  Notes by Geoff Chapman

1971 Opened 9th August in relocatable office on 67a Smith St land CBC did not require for the new building being constructed in the background of the photo from Current Accounts Jan 1972
1972 March completion of premises comprising branch, two office suites and male staff quarters. Notes by Geoff Chapman Manager late 1974.

1974 December 24 Cyclone Tracy did little damage to the branch premises but wrecked Managerís flat in Fannie Bay.
1974December 25 or later Managerís wife Betty and children were air lifted out of Darwin to Sydney Airport.
1975 January John Beer then became Manager with Sid (S C) Pyne Accountant, Bill (W G) Walker Security Clerk, Carl J Cotton & Ken Noble Tellers.
Those who banked at CBC Darwin included:-Mr Marston who worked I think for NT Administration. He lived I think in caravan on his cyclone destroyed home at Nightcliff overlooking the sea (Beagle Gulf). He knew of Wave Hill Walk off by Aboriginals seeking equal pay. NT Administrator Mr John England banked with CBC, as did Real Estate Agent Kevan G Young.

Geoff Chapman was Manager until the cyclone blew down the Manager's flat in a Darwin suburb. John Beer then became Manager with Sid (SC) Pyne Accountant, Bill (WG) Walker Security Clerk, Carl J Cotton & Ken Noble Tellers.
1975 Listed in Annual Report
1975 July Current Accounts photo of David J Border, Barry I Shearman Manager, J W Poole 2nd in charge,
with CBC Darwin building under construction in the background.

John Beer took this photo just after being appointed Manager following Cyclone Tracy. Branch occupied lower left hand side of the building, with Accountant and staff in upstairs officers quarters. Right hand side of the building ground floor & 1st floor were leased out. Small enclosed yard at rear then open car park accessed from rear lane. Land where temporary premises were remained vacant. Land on left hand side was park controlled by Council.
Note the tree where leaves are now growing back after being stripped of all leaves during the cyclone - all trees suffered the same fate. John has other colour photos of CBC Darwin including the original of this one, which is in colour, also photos of demolished buildings.

1977 October Les Scrivener Manager Hornsby took over from John Beer after a Manager's residence was obtained at Larrakeyah.

2008 Google photo of 71 Smith Street housing NAB and OAMPS Insurance Brokers from John Beer.
2009 April John Beer advised that 67 Smith St CBC Darwin Office is now the address of Bendigo Bank Darwin
2010 July two photos from Frank Maundrell.
2010 September John Beer advised "It appears that what used to be CBC staff quarters at rear of 67 Smith St are now disconnected from air conditioning plant on the roof because it looks like air conditioning has been installed near windows to what used to be windows of bedrooms in CBC staff quarters."  Notes it was designed by Kerr, Smith & Malone, architects for St. Leonards Centre. John advised also that CBC occupied the left side of this building.

2018 January John Beer stated "seems Kevan Young & his partner are still operating KGYoung & Associates Real Estate from same office location here CBC Darwin was is now 'Bank Corner' with
Commonwealth Bank acquiring what was CBC's spare block; ANZ next east T&GBuilding; NAB Darwin Office across Peel Street on corner from T&G.  When News from Darwin NT is on the only building I recognise is Travelodge Motel where Relieving Manager Bob Davidson stayed when he relieved me twice when I was Manager Darwin"

2018 May John Beer advised that CBC Darwin 67 Smith St acquired by Bendigo Bank Darwin Office.  Exceptional CBD Office - Fully Self Contained!  1/67 Smith Street, Darwin City, NT 0800

Set within the centre of the sought after financial district of the Darwin CBD, this clean and sleek space offers a series of self contained offices with quality smoked glass partitioning, a fully tiled front office/reception area with a feature slate wall, and staff breakout areas. Set on the first floor, it has an abundance of natural light throughout. There is also significant opportunity for window signage facing Smith Street. This property represents an outstanding opportunity to locate within a landmark building only moments from the CBD Shopping Complex, Smith Street Mall and you are right in the heart of the business district.  There are up to 3 tandem car parks available with this tenancy!!  Land/floor area 196 m2.. For lease $3,000 pcm + GST + Outgoings.
Manager's Residence


1974 Manager's flat evacuated by Geoff Chapman on 26 December after Cyclone Tracy on top left side of building.  Photo by John Beer.

Darwin Manager's Residence post Tracy, moved from Narrandera branch where John Beer was Relieving Manager to Darwin from about 18 January 1975 to about 25 January 1975.

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