BANK OF AUSTRALASIA
The premises previously occupied by the Bank of Australasia was situated opposite the Coffee Palace at 9 Goldie Street. It was built in 1892 by a local contractor, H J White. When the bank relocated to 7 Goldie Street, the vacated premises was then leased to the Primary Producers Bank of Australia.
In 1951, the Bank of Australasia merged with the Union Bank of Australia to form the ANZ Bank. The ANZ signage on the building can be seen in the photo from the royal visit in 1954 below.
COMMERCIAL BANK OF TASMANIA
In all, the property occupied a third of an acre on the corner of Goldie and Jackson streets, and was previously owned by the Catholic Church. The church had subdivided and released two blocks from its large property: one to the bank and the other to the Federal Government for the construction of a new post office. This can be seen in the survey map above on the block inscribed "Granted to DEX Beechinor."
Construction of the church, bank and post office were all completed in 1912. The post office building is still standing, however, the bank, which later became ES and A Bank, was demolished in 1975.
In the first photo, the post office and Commercial Bank of Tasmania can be seen in the background beyond the church. At far right is a replica of the British armour plated tank used as a medium for advertising war bonds. The campaign took place in front of the post office in March 1918.
NATIONAL BANK OF TASMANIA
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