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Sale
Raymond Street

c1885

1930


1930


1950


2019
1866 ca1885 Bank of Victoria photo from State Library of Victoria.
Taken from The Queenslander, Brisbane, Saturday, November 30, 1895
THE GIPPSLAND TRAGEDY - Latest Details Melbourne, November 20.
Mrs. SHORT, who was shot at Sale, in Gippsland, yesterday morning by her husband, who also cut the throats of his two children, and afterwards committed suicide, still remains in about the same condition. She is not allowed to talk, but has communicated everything in writing, being fully conscious of all the dreadful reality. Her father, the Rev. Mr. PUCKLE, of Melbourne, and her mother and sister, arrived at Sale last night, but her parents were only allowed a brief interview with the sufferer. Mr. Harry SHORT, the deceased man's brother, also came to Sale last night. Mr. PUCKLE says that he would not have known his daughter, so disfigured is she.
The inspector of the Commercial bank, of which SHORT was the local manager, arrived at Sale at midday yesterday. He is very reticent, but it appears as though SHORT had sent for him. He evidently had arranged that, was well as everything else, before carrying out the tragedy At the inquest on the bodies of the victims, a verdict that SHORT killed his two children and shot himself while in a state of insanity was returned. Mr. WALKER inspector of the Commercial Bank, said the deceased had probably been troubled about the business of the bank for some time.

1927 CBC amalgamated with Bank of Victoria.

1930 photos of Bank of Victoria York Street, CBC in Raymond Street front and side with residence courtesy NAB Archives.

1934 Listed in Century of Banking;

1950 Raymond Street with The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited on RH side.

1975 Listed in Annual Report

2019 NAB

2019 September Kevin Greenaway wrote: I have been doing a lot of enquiring about what happened in Sale.
Iíve been in touch with Helen Cadzow who sent me some Historical information which Iím enclosing for you. However the 1930 photos I believe was when the B of V was in York Street Sale??
Also some photos but I have not been able to access any between the 1950s and today.
Another problem was that Sale changed the street numbers in Raymond Street some time ago.  We used to live at number 140 which is now 288!

Sandhurst
1865

1872
See also 12 View Street, Bendigo branch, erected in 1863-64, which is the same premises.
1865 Bank of Victoria from State Library of Victoria.

1872 Bank of Victoria and Post Office from State Library of Victoria.

1891 Sandhurst was renamed Bendigo.

1927 CBC amalgamated with Bank of Victoria.

2009 advice from Geoff Chapman: Gold was discovered at Bendigo's Creek in 1851, and was then known as Casteron and renamed in 1854 when the official designation was Sandhurst until 1891 when a plebiscite in favour of Bendigo settled the matter

Sea Lake
1921
1921 Bank of Victoria completed. Best Street looking East from Tin Tower photo from State Library of Victoria.
1927 CBC amalgamated with Bank of Victoria.
1934 Listed in Century of Banking
Sebastopol
1866
Sebastopol is a Southern suburb of Ballarat

The Bank of Victoria opened branch on 6/11/1865 with R C Briston as Manager
1866 Bank of Victoria photo from State Library of Victoria.

1927 CBC amalgamated with Bank of Victoria.
Seymour
43 Station Street

2009
1934 Listed in Century of Banking;
1975 Listed in Annual Report

2009 Geoff Chapman sourced this Google Earth image of nab Seymour.
Building is a remodelled older building, which was probably CBC.
A Victorian member may be able to enlighten us.
Shepparton Geoff Chapman advised that Shepparton was originally named MacGuires Punt.

1877 Opened on site that Branch stood on 100 years later (Current Accounts January 1978)
1934 Listed in Century of Banking;
1975 Listed in Annual Report

Speed;

4 Main Street
Receiving office of Ouyen


2009

2011

2011
Date of construction is unknown, but was pre-1927

1934 Listed in Century of Banking as a Branch.
1975 Listed in Annual Report as a Receiving Office.

2009 September Geoff Chapman advised "Google Earth image attached of ex-branch Speed branch.
It is unknown when the Branch reverted from full branch to Receiving Office status, but this may have been in the late 1950's as the building was sold in 1960 to the parents of the the current owner who advises that the Receiving Office closed about 2001, the Bank continuing to rent the banking chamber space until that time. He further advises that the 5 bedroom residence is most spacious and comfortable".
2011 August Google Earth image forwarded by Geoff Chapman.

2011 September photos taken by David Jobson, who says: We took another trip to the Mallee district of Victoria a few weeks ago. Here's some better images of Speed branch. Pic No. 3 is of the remaining original front window showing the golden painted surround which was around the words of the (now missing) Bank's name.

 

 

 

Stanhope
25 Birdwood Avenue

2014
1927-06-30 CBCofS Report Lists BOV locations as Stanhope E J Baker (Agent)
1928-06-30 & later "Agent" changed to "Sub."
1934-06-30 & later Reports "Sub." removed
1934 Listed in Century of Banking;

1975 Listed in Annual Report

2014 May email received by Geoff Chapman from Bob Holschier of the Stanhope & District Development Committee: Thanks for your inquiry about what was once the CBC bank here in Stanhope. The address of the property is 25 Birdwood Avenue, Stanhope, 3623  (Cnr Monash Street).
In 2002 the National Australia Bank , which it then was, announced it was to be closed.
I chaired a very large protest meeting following this announcement, as the NAB was the only bank left in the town and if it closed we would be left without a bank.  It closed a couple of months later.  At this meeting we formed the Stanhope & District Development Committee and I was elected Chairman of that Committee.  After 6 years I stepped down as chairman, but have been secretary ever since.
We asked the NAB if they would sell the property to the Stanhope community, but they did better than that.  They gave it to us for FREE.
After much negotiation with various bodies, we gained a substantial grant from the Federal Government to renovate the building which was in a very poor state, especially the managerís residence which had not been lived in for more than 10 years.

We then turned this building into the Stanhope Business Centre and it now includes a Bendigo Community Bank agency, A Centrelink Agency, a branch of the local municipal library and a Rural Transaction Centre , which is like a Internet Cafe.  The former managers residence is let to a private tenant.
The Business centre is operated by a committee of management on behalf of the Stanhope community and staffed by volunteers.  It operates 5 days per week. The only income we receive is from rent and grants we apply for from time to time.  We receive no assistance from our local council. 

I have attached a couple of photos of the building as it is now and the computers which are used by the public.  I hope this helps you in your research.  Regards, Bob Holschier.

St. Arnaud
40 Kings Avenue,
Cnr Millett Street

National Trust


2009
1861 Bank of Victoria opened.
Geoff Chapman advised: "The Town Hall Hotel, for a while in the 1860's served as the local branch of the Bank of Victoria pending construction of new premises in 1869.  The hotel built in 1864 stood in Napier Street. It was delicenced in 1958, due to having inadequate accommodation. It was demolished in 1981 to allow construction of Weir Family Supermarket"
1869 The pictured premises were built.
Monochrome photo of Bank of Victoria branch from National Trust - Victoria.

1927 CBC amalgamated with Bank of Victoria.
1934 Listed in Century of Banking;
1975 Listed in Annual Report

2009 August Google Earth image of Bank of Victoria St Arnaud sourced by Geoff Chapman, who states:
Bank of Victoria opened in St Arnaud in 1861.

Former Bank of Victoria, 40 Kings Avenue, cnr Millett Street, ST ARNAUD
Location: 40 Kings Avenue, cnr Millett Street ST ARNAUD, NORTHERN GRAMPIANS SHIRE

Statement of Significance:
The former Bank of Victoria, corner Kings Avenue and Millett Street, St. Arnaud, has significance as one of the early bank buildings in the town. It was constructed in 1869 to a design by Smith and Watts, although the Bank soon moved to another premises in the ensuing years as a result of the advancement of the town further northwards.
The former Bank of Victoria building is architecturally significant at a LOCAL level. It demonstrates original design qualities of a Victorian Regency style. These qualities include the hipped roof form clad in slate tiles, brick (but not painted) wall construction, substantial rendered brick chimney with a projecting cornice, modest overhangs with intricate brackets, symmetrical windows and central recessed front door - all with drip moulds and moulded architraves that rest on the dressed granite plinth, base window walls with incised rectangular panels, timber framed double hung windows, door surrounds and highlights, and the imposing rendered quoinwork at the building corners.
The former Bank of Victoria is historically significant at a LOCAL level. It is associated with the earliest bank developments in the earlier central location of the St. Arnaud township. In particular, it is associated with the development of the Bank of Victoria from 1869 until it moved to new premises following the advancement of the town further northwards in the latter 19th century. The building is also associated with the architects, Smith and Watts.
The former Bank of Victoria is socially significant at a LOCAL level. It is recognised by the St. Arnaud community as having public value as one of the early bank buildings in the town.
Overall, the former Bank of Victoria is of LOCAL significance.
History
The discovery of gold during the 1850s in Victoria brought with it a new interest in banking The banks became extensively involved in gold dealing and established agencies on the goldfields, and soon after, more permanent branches were erected in the nearby towns. The Bank of Victoria was established in 1853. In the 20th century, it merged with the Commercial Bank.
The Bank of Victoria was established in St. Arnaud in 1861, on a site near the present National Australia Bank. It was opened by Mr. Ogleby, Manager of the Avoca branch, and a Mr. Sharkey was placed in charge, with a Mr. Fraser the accountant. A few years later, the premises were found to be too small and so the Bank moved to the Town Hall Hotel, which had originally been erected and operated by Mr. Grimmil.
This former Bank of Victoria building was constructed for the bank in 1869 to a design by Smith and Watts. However, with the advancement of the town further northwards, the bar again moved to another premises near its original site. In the early 20th century, the form, Bank of Victoria building was occupied by a Mrs. Grieve. By 1973, it was known as Victor House and was owned by a Chinese family.
A street verandah was added on the Millett Street frontage in the early 2000s.
Description:
The single storey, modestly scaled, Victorian Regency styled former Bank of Victoria building at the corner of Kings Avenue and Millett Street, St. Arnaud, abuts the street boundary. There is a small, recent and unkept garden forming the corner of the site. This building is characterised by a hipped roof form clad in early slate tiles. A substantial, rendered brick chimney with a projecting cornice adorns the roofline at one end, while modest overhangs with ÖÖ
Victorian Heritage database information sourced by Geoff Chapman.
Stawell
Bank of Victoria,
152 Gold Reef Mall

Oriental Bank,Victoria Place & Gold Reef Mall

B of V 2009


Oriental 2009
2009 Google image of Bank of Victoria,Stawell branch.
Built and branch opened August 1871
Sourced by Geoff Chapman, who advises: I do not know how much longer after 1927 that the branch continued to operate under CBC banner, but from notes from Heritage indicate that by the 1930's it no longer housed a Bank.
A newspaper report of 9/2/1871 reported that the Directors of the Bank "have resolved to erect new offices at Stawell...The structure will somewhat resemble that of the Oriental Bank..."
Somewhat resemble?? They are almost identical.
Former Bank of Victoria and stables, 163 Main Street, STAWELL
Location: 163 Main Street STAWELL, NORTHERN GRAMPIANS SHIRE
Statement of Significance:
The former Bank of Victoria at 170 Main Street, Stawell, makes a significant contribution to the architectural and visual amenity of the predominantly 19th and early 20th century commercial streetscape. The stables at the rear also contribute to the architectural amenity of the place. The former bank has significance as an important legacy of the financial institutions established in the town in the 19th century as a result of the prosperity of the gold rush. In particular, this building was constructed in 1871 for the Bank of Victoria. The building is in good condition and is largely intact from the exterior.
The former Bank of Victoria building, 163 Main Street, is architecturally significant at a LOCAL level. It demonstrates original design qualities of a Victorian Conservative Classical style. These qualities include the simple rectangular form and a three-bayed composition of window openings. Other intact or appropriate qualities include the two storey height, unpainted red brick wall construction, masonry base, arched ground floor openings with simple drip moulds supported by simple impost moulds, arched timber framed double hung ground floor windows, timber framed fanlight to original ground floor doorway, recessed wall panels below the ground floor windows, simple rendered stringcourse, first floor rectangular windows with moulded architraves and projecting rendered sills supported by small brackets, minor rendered stringcourse at first floor window sill height, large plain rendered entablature, widely projecting and dentillated cornice and parapet, and the brick chimney with a projecting cornice. The rear stables also contribute to the architectural significance of the place.
The former Bank of Victoria building, 163 Main Street, is historically significant at a LOCAL level. It is associated with the development of the Bank of Victoria from 1871 until at least the late 19th century.
Overall, the former Bank of Victoria building, 163 Main Street, is of LOCAL significance. RECOMMENDED LEVEL OF SIGNIFICANCE: LOCAL
History:
The site of the former Bank of Victoria at 163 Main Street was originally occupied by a tobacconist until c.1865. In 1871, the Rate Books show William Fairclough, Manager of the Bank of Victoria, as occupier, with the rates being paid on a bank office and dwelling. The 9 February 1871 Pleasant Creek News reported that the directors of the Bank of Victoria: "have resolved to erect new offices at Stawell, on the site where the present building stands. The structure will somewhat resemble that of the Oriental Bank, but the frontage to the street will, we think, be larger. The building will be put upon the surveyed line, that is I say it will be advanced into the street uniform with Mr. Chadwick's premises, and will therefore occupy nearly the whole of the footpath. We believe Mr. Sauerbrey has conceded the corporation of a right-of-way by his yards. The plans and specifications have been drawn, tenders called for, and the work let. Some 5 000 brick were purchased for the building on Tuesday last."
By 22 August 1871, the new bank had been completed as reported in the Pleasant Creek News:
"The new building belonging to the Bank of Victoria is now completed and was opened for business on Friday last. The premises are very commodious and as already stated, possess some architectural beauty. They point to the class of buildings likely to characterise the Main Street of Stawell now that the residents are about to secure the fee simple of their holdings."
By the 1930s, the building appears to have been occupied by a Mrs. Green, Registrar of Births and Deaths and Mining Registrar and in the 1940s by Mr. and Mrs. Abernethy, Ladies Hairdressers.
REFERENCES:
Reference 1: 'Main Street Walk 19 March 1995, Stawell Historical Society.
Reference 2: Newspaper cutting, 9 February 1871, Stawell Historical Society.
Reference 3: Pleasant Creek News 22 August 1871, p.2, col.3.
Reference 4: W.J. Rees, 'Reminiscences of Early Stawell', 1935, Stawell Historical Society, pp. 38-39.
Description:
The former Bank of Victoria building, 163 Main Street, Stawell, makes an important architectural and visual contribution to the streetscape of predominantly 19th century building forms. The building remains today as an important legacy of the financial institutions established in town in the 19th century. The two storey, unpainted red brick, Victorian Conservative Classical styled former Bank of Victoria building is characterised by a simple rectangular form and a ÖÖ.
Heritage Study: Shire of Northern Grampians - Stage 2 Heritage Study, Wendy Jacobs, Vick Johnson, David Rowe, Phil Taylor, 2004
Victorian Heritage database information above sourced by Geoff Chapman.
Swan Hill 1934 Listed in Century of Banking;
1975 Listed in Annual Report
Swift's Creek 1934 Listed in Century of Banking;
1975 Listed in Annual Report

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