25th January 2024

Rural & Industries Bank Uniform Buttons

Established in 1895, the Agricultural Bank of West Australia was a government instrumentality that provided loans to farmers. In 1916, the name was changed to the Rural and Industries Bank of West Australia. It became a full trading bank in 1945, then a saving bank in 1956.

Leader (Melbourne), 24th December 1914 page 49.

The Norseman-Esperance News (WA), 25th October 1956 page 3.

The Bulletin, 14th February 1984 page 9

In 1990 it was incorporated, and in 1994 changed its trading name to Bankwest, with shares floated in 1996.

The Canberra Times, 6th July 1990 page 11.

The Canberra Times, 30th April 1994 page 57.

It was acquired by HBOS (UK banking group) in 2001, which was itself bought out by Lloyds TSB. They sold Bankwest to Commonwealth Bank of Australia in 2008.

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