Bank Uniform Buttons
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Founded in December 1911 by the Government with the first branch opening in Melbourne on 15th July 1912. It was the first Australian bank to have a Federal guarantee. It was list on the stock exchange in 1991 and fully privatised by 1996.
The first insignia, from 1921 to the 1950s was the Australian Coat of Arms. For a short period during the 1950s light and dark blue entwined CBA letters were used. In 1960 the bank was formed into the Commonwealth Banking Corporation, with a new logo. The three rings represent the three parts of the corporation; the Savings, Trading and Development banks. The original version included the seven-point star and the words ‘Commonwealth Banking Corporation. The version without the star and wording dates from 1984-1991, then the yellow and black diamond was introduced.
State Bank of South Australia
The bank was formed in 1984 by the merger of the State Bank of South Australia and the Savings Bank of South Australia. After problems with its loan portfolio, the bank collapsed in 1991, with a Royal Commision held into the collapse. A portion of the bank was sold to Advance Bank, which was in turn purchased by St George Bank, then merged with Westpac. That portion is known as BankSA.
Bank of New South Wales
This was the first bank in Australia, established in Sydney in 1817.
It opened branches around Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century, then expanded into Oceania in the 20th century.
I am not sure when the above button dates from. I have not found mention of uniforms for men until 1982. Men seem to have worn suits to work. The first female uniforms were called ‘overalls’, but were more like dress coats. In 1934 brown dresses with yellow stripes on collar, cuffs and pockets were introduced. By 1956 the striped had disappeared.
In 1960 new female bank workers got taught deportment, fashion, etiquette and make-up as well as banking. I wonder if the males did too? No?
It was renamed Westpac in 1982. New uniforms were ordered but but slacks were not allowed for women!
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