Australian Bank of Commerce

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Where: 77A King St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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When: 01 January 1900

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Format: Glass plate negative.

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Repository: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum

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Acquisition credit line: Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985


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    • 30/Aug/2009 13:24:43

    At the SW corner of George and King Streets. See -

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    • 25/Sep/2011 02:50:10

    Now the site of the Apple store.

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    • 05/Oct/2012 08:24:50

    Foundation stone laid 16/6/1884. Full details of the planned building -

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    • 26/Jul/2016 22:10:22

    [[email protected]] Good stuff there! "In 1885 a cable support disguised as an ornamental verandah front was erected along the western side of George Street from the G.P.O. to what is now Railway Square. (ref 3'4'5) This is a distinctive feature which can be seen on many photographs. It became the backbone of the network with pole routes branching off at every cross street. The pole route in this section of George Street was replaced by a smaller one carrying only telegraph wires. The cable support was superseded before 1900 but was not all demolished. Shopkeepers had been allowed to use it to support awnings, and where they had done so it was left in place." From - I am betting on 1888 for the date, like many of these wonderful Henry King photos - I have an old hunch that he produced a Centenary album.

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    • 28/Jun/2022 07:03:01 - SMH, 22nd May, 1886...description of the then substantially completed AJS Bank building ...per the SMH, by this point the bank had evidently moved in, but the building work was still not finished ...the statues 'Justice' and 'Plenty', which would be placed above the George St entrance, had also not yet been put in position... Although the title on the slide has 'Australian Bank of Commerce', at the time this pic was taken (ca. 1888 or whenever), the building was the AJS Bank...and this remained the case for some 20 more years until the AJS Bank folded in 1909...after which it was reconstructed/ reformed as the Australian Bank of Commerce...which in turn traded for some 20+ years before merging with the Bank of NSW in this original AJS Bank building was at later points variously known as the Australian Bank of Commerce and the Bank of I assume that the title was added to the slide some 20+ years after the pic was taken... NLA Fairfax pics of the statues 'Plenty' and 'Justice', which sat above the George St entrance...I gather these pics were taken in 1925, when the building was known as the Australian Bank of Commerce...the statues were the work of British sculptor Charles Bell Birch (1832-1893): - 'Plenty' - 'Justice' ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - SMH, 6th March, 1888...per this item instrument maker Angelo Tornaghi had then recently moved to new premises at 239 George St...see item 2nd highlighted column...remember 'the bells' controversy (!!!) - the Evening News, 15th October, 1906...Tornaghi's obit... - Australasian Sketcher, 30th December, 1886...item on Briscoe, Drysdale, and Co's new Sydney premises...

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    • 20/Jul/2022 05:39:44

    This SANSW pic is a kind of reverse is dated 21/04/1888...

3 years ago 2001:8004:d03:72a3:b4f8:a8cb:5cc7:d4ff suggested this image location is -33.8689, 151.207