Australian Mutuals History, Sydney

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Australian Mutuals History, Sydney

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly Australian Credit Union Archives


  • Business

Contact area


Amanda Barber



Street address

59 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



0478 888 441



Description area


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 archivists 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:
Senior Archivist - Amanda Barber
Assistant Archivist - Ben Woods.

Records management and collecting policies

The Australian Mutuals History 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.



The collection contains the business 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 and publications;
  • histories
  • photographs of events and personalities.

Finding aids, guides and publications

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

Access area

Opening times

Open Tuesday and Wednesday 10am-4pm.

Access conditions and requirements

Readers are requested to make an appointment.


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


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 10 December 2021




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