Australian Mutuals History, Sydney

Identity area

Identifier

daa/575

Authorized form of name

Australian Mutuals History, Sydney

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly Australian Credit Union Archives

Type

  • Business

Contact area

 

Amanda Barber

Type

Address

Street address

59 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills

Locality

Sydney

Region

New South Wales

Country name

Postal code

2010

Telephone

0428 785 392

Fax

(02) 9319 2849

Note

Description area

History

The Australian Credit Union Historical Co-Operative Limited was established in 1985 in order to collect the records of the credit union movement and to preserve its history.

In 1996 the Australian Credit Union Archives Trust was established. The Trustees were responsible for the control and management, collection, storage and access to the archives. The Trustees employed an archivist to carry out the various collections management tasks and to manage access to the archives.

In 2004 the Australian Credit Union Historical Co-Operative Ltd was dissolved and its assets and responsibilities were transferred to the Australian Credit Union Archives Trust.

In 2017 the Australian Credit Union Archives changed its name to Australian Mutuals History. This was to better reflect the broader collecting remit of the entire financial mutuals sector.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Australian Mutuals History is supported and funded by individual credit unions, building societies and customer owned banks and also the Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA).

Administrative structure

Australian Credit Union Archives Trust
Manager - John Cottee
Senior Archivist - Amanda Barber
Assistant Archivist - Ben Woods.

Records management and collecting policies

The Australian Mutuals History (formerly known as the Australian Credit Union Archives) appraises, collects, documents, and preserves records and other heritage material created by, or relating to, the Australian credit union and building society movements and the customer owned banking sector.

Buildings

Holdings

The collection contains the administrative records of organisations within the financial mutuals sector. It includes:
archival records of individual credit unions, building societies and customer owned banks;
archival records of relevant industry bodies; and
personal papers of some prominent individuals in the credit union movement.

Any or all of the following records may be held for any credit union, building society, customer owned bank or other associated organisation - Board and Committee minutes and papers; correspondence and reports; newsletters; annual reports; publications; histories; photographs of events and personalities.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Collection database available in-house. Register of credit unions available online (as a finding aid and a resource).

Access area

Opening times

Open Wednesday and Thursday 10am-4pm.

Access conditions and requirements

Readers are requested to make an appointment.

Accessibility

The office/research area is located on the ground floor (up two steps). Wheelchair access is available through a roller door side entrance.

Services area

Research services

Archives staff are able to do basic research, but are not able to undertake detailed research on behalf of clients. Service fees apply for research services.

Reproduction services

Photocopying, scanning, researcher photography available for appropriate records. Fees apply for copying/scanning services.

Public areas

No dedicated research/public area. Researcher space is available in the office area and there are facilities for using laptop computers.

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 21 March 2018

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

59 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills
Sydney, New South Wales 2010