Westpac Group Archives, Sydney

Zone d'identification



Forme autorisée du nom

Westpac Group Archives, Sydney

Forme(s) parallèle(s) du nom

Autre(s) forme(s) du nom

  • Formerly Westpac Historical Services


  • Business

Zone du contact


Head of Historical Services



Adresse physique

Unit 2, Building A, 16 Mars Road, Lane Cove West




New South Wales

Nom du pays

Code postal



02 9214 2229




Zone de description


Westpac has a long and proud history as Australia's first and oldest bank. It was established in 1817 as the Bank of New South Wales under a charter of incorporation provided by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. In October 1982 it changed its name to Westpac Banking Corporation following the acquisition of the Commercial Bank of Australia. For further details about the bank's history, see https://www.westpac.com.au/about-westpac/westpac-group/company-overview/our-history/?searchsource=search-results&kw=our%20history&cat=other&rank=9&result-type=natural

Westpac's archives was established in 1955 under the purview of notable economic historians and is one of only a handful of corporate collections in Australia and is the largest privately held archives in the Southern Hemisphere. It holds almost six kilometres of records and a photographic collection with more than 10 000 images, and 5000 or so architectural plans.

Contexte géographique et culturel

Textes de référence

Structure administrative

Officer-in-charge: Head of Historical Services

Gestion des archives courantes et intermédiaires et politiques de collecte

Records deemed to be of permanent value from Westpac Banking Corporation and its predecessors:

  • Bank of New South Wales
  • Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd
  • Australian Joint Stock Bank Ltd
  • Australian Bank of Commerce
  • City Bank of Sydney
  • Australian and European Bank
  • Town and Country Bank
  • Mercantile Bank of Sydney
  • Bank of Tasmania
  • National Bank of Tasmania.

Rare banking memorabilia and the papers of former officials are also accepted.



Includes, for example:

  • Bank of New South Wales - Chief Inspector: Half yearly reports, 1907-1971 (80m)
  • Various Branches: Current account ledgers, 1850-1950 (50m)
  • Chief Executive: Correspondence, 1864- present (50m)
  • Premises Departments: Branch photographs, 1870- present; Architectural drawings, 1870- present
  • Westpac Banking Corporation (and predecessors): Board minutes, 1817- present (60m).

Instruments de recherche, guides et publications

Zone de l'accès

Heures d'ouverture

No longer open to the public: visit by appointment only.

Conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Researchers must complete an application for access to archival records. Advance notice of visit required including proof of identity.


Zone des services offerts

Services d'aide à la recherche

Research services provided by staff in response to written (letter or email) or telephone requests.

Services de reproduction

Limited copying services available for photographs.

Espaces publics

Zone du contrôle

Identifiant de la description

Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles et/ou conventions utilisées


Niveau de détail

Dates de production, de révision et de suppression

Revised 4 May 2018




Notes relatives à la mise à jour de la notice


Points d'accès

  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Presse-papier

Contact principal

Unit 2, Building A, 16 Mars Road, Lane Cove West
Sydney, New South Wales 2066