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R - VIC Country


Rainbow is a pleasant and busy little town of about 600 people, fully dependant on agriculture. It is situated on the edge of the Mallee National Parks in far western Victoria.

From a Bank of Victoria Branch in early 1920's
1927 CBC amalgamated with Bank of Victoria.
1924 Feb 10 Extract of letter from Melbourne "I enclose O.S.A. No. 19/24, appointing you to the Manager of the Rainbow branch to which you will proceed immediately you have handed over to Mr Forrester" (at Cowangie branch).
1934 Listed in Century of Banking

2009 July David Jobson took this one at the small Mallee town of Rainbow. It wasn't hard to spot in the main street. I confirmed it with a local retired gentleman, John Pascos, whose family business (still operating) used to bank there. I also had a chat to the local NAB girls, the two of them run the NAB opposite, and the 'manager' also knew it was an old CBC. The building is not occupied now.
Gillies Street


Two photos of Rochester Bank of Victoria in flood at different times from Museum Victoria.

1927 CBC amalgamated with Bank of Victoria.
1934 Listed in Century of Banking;

1975 Listed in Annual Report

1981 calendar sketch submitted by John Munro.

1982 photo from National Trust Victoria.

30 High Street


Rushworth is an old goldmining town which retains much of its original character through its many early buildings. It is located 166 km north of Melbourne via Murchison and 145 m above sea-level. Today there are about 1000 residents.
High St, continuing northwards. On the right-hand side is the town's oldest building; a private residence which started its life in 1854 as the Imperial Hotel. Just past it are the first CBC Bank, the second CBC Bank (1883) and Cracknell's Bakery - all now private residences. On the other side of the road is the Criterion Hotel (1856). The first school was established on its south side in 1858.

1865 On 3rd April Bank of Victoria took over business and premises of Oriental Bank. Building was occupied by Bank of Victoria and CBC for the next 94 years (from Current Accounts July 1965)
1883 construction of this building commenced, to replace the original wooden structure built in 1866 when Thomas Benbow was the Manager (see plaque bedlow).
1927 CBC amalgamated with Bank of Victoria.
1934 Listed in Century of Banking;
1959 the bank ceased trading at this address.

Early photos sourced by Geoff Chapman, who advises:

2009 September Classic Beauty $300,000 - $330,000  RUSHWORTH
An exquisite classic building situated in the heart of the tranquil town of Rushworth. Situated on 1/2 an acre with front and rear access, this excellent block has the perfect opportunity to be subdivided (STCA).
Inside this magnificent building you will be drawn to the original ornate ceilings and roses, solid marble fire surround, the original bank vault with ornate handles and the majestic main room with double doors leading to the tree lined street.
Other special features include a renovated bathroom, a large underground cellar, servants' quarters, and a "well full of water".
This is a a unique opportunity to make this grand property your home, or work from home with a beautiful shop front.
Please contact Nic Casey at Chilcott Real Estate Tatura Office on (03) 5824 8200 for further information.
Property Summary
Category:Other   Bedrooms:4   Bathrooms:1   Carport:Single
Close to:Bendigo: 68km (direct line), Melbourne: 137km (direct line).  More photos on For Sale page.

2012 March for sale through for $330,000.

High Street

1883 second branch opened.
1975 Listed in Annual Report.
2012 March Rushworth branch No. 2 submitted by Geoff Chapman, who confirmed it with Bendigo Bank staff.
1861-1864 Bank of Victoria Agency conducted from Beechworth, advised by David Jobson.
1934 Listed in Century of Banking;
1975 Listed in Annual Report
2005 September photo by David Jobson (near Corowa)

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