Tuesday, October 30, 2012

National Bank, Queen St Mall (former)

Here is a photograph of the Royal Bank of Queensland in Queen St Brisbane, taken around the year 1900. The building was erected in 1891.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #66715)

Some rationlisation of the banking scene in Australia took place in the years following WWI, and the Royal Bank of Queensland became the Bank of Queensland after a merger, and then was taken over by the National Bank in 1922. It was decided to build a new office in place of the original building, and Melbourne architects A & K Henderson designed the seven-storey brick and sandstone building that was erected in 1929/30 and was where I opened my first cheque account in 1968. It was known then as National Bank Central Branch, and here is a photograph of it in that guise.
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   (Photo: DERM)

The building, situated in the Queen St Mall, no longer operates as a bank. It is now the CBD home of Country Road clothing - here is a recent picture.
(Photo: © 2012 the foto fanatic)

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  1. I think the first photograph of the Royal Bank of Queensland in Queen St shows an institution that is very solid, reliable, not flashy and not risky. Just as a late Victorian financial organisation should have been!

    The construction date of 1891 was unfortunate, assuming Brisbane had the same appalling financial crash in 1893-4 that Melbourne had.

  2. Banks may have done rather well.

    There were a lot of mortgage defaults, so assuming a bank could weather the storm it probably could resell the properties profitably.


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