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Former Australian Bank of Commerce (formerly City Bank of Sydney)

Item details

Name of item: Former Australian Bank of Commerce (formerly City Bank of Sydney)
Other name/s: City Bank of Sydney
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Bank
Primary address: 27 Ebor Street, Ebor, NSW 2350
Local govt. area: Armidale Dumaresq
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
27 Ebor StreetEborArmidale Dumaresq  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The building dates from the key period of development for the village of Ebor. It is a good example of an early 20th century bank building. The building has been adapted for use as a residence.
Date significance updated: 19 Aug 14
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Designer/Maker: William Henderson Lee
Construction years: 1911-1913
Physical description: The building is single storey and rectangular in shape. It is constructed of timber weatherboards with timber windows and doors and a corrugated iron roof. The roof features a dominant gable at the front, a vented gambrel and is hipped to the sides and rear. The windows are typical of Federation style with vertical mullions dividing the panes.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The building is in reasonably good condition with a high degree of intact original fabric and high potential for restoration.
Date condition updated:13 Nov 13
Modifications and dates: The building ceased to be a bank branch in 1922 and has since been adapted as a residence.


Historical notes: The City Bank of Sydney (CBS) was established in 1863 and merged with the Australian Bank of Commerce (ABC) in 1917.
The ABC was then merged with the Bank of NSW in 1931. The Bank of NSW then amalgamated with the Commercial Bank of Australia (CBA) in 1982 to form the current Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC).
The Ebor Branch of the CBS was extablished on 29th July 1911. There is no available information regarding the location of the first premises. In 1911, the bank purchased in an allotment Lot 4 Section 17 with a 130 3/10 link frontage to Ebor Street x 250 links.
In 1912, well known Armidale architect, William Henderson Lee called for tenders for the new CBS at Ebor.The existing single storey timber building in 1913 at a cost of £2,000 (a considerable sum for the time). It had sixteen rooms, water, and "improved gas illuminant".
An extract from the Board Minutes 24 January 1913 state:
"Submitted plans and specifications of proposed new premises for the Branch at Ebor to cost:
Tender of J Milkin £1554
Cost of land £80
Strong room door £50
Air gas plant £30
which expenditure was approved"
The building was opened in 1914. The City Bank of Sydney was then purchased by the Australian Bank of Commerce in 1918 and the latter Bank decided not to maintain the Ebor Branch. The branch was subsequently closed in 1918. The branch records show a total of 209 customers over the 7 years of operation, being primarily labourers and graziers from the local area.
Following the closure of the Branch, this property together with the banks other land (Allotment 9 Section 17) with a 200 link frontage to Waugh Street x 250 links was sold to Hugh Gordon Harvey Waugh for £750 in 1922.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building dates from the key period of development for the village of Ebor and the Armidale Dumaresq district.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The building is associated with the City Bank of Sydney and the Commercial Bank of Australia both of which became part of the Bank of NSW (and now Westpac Banking Corporation).
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is a good example of a purpose designed and built country bank branch.
SHR Criteria f)
The building is rare within the Armidale Dumaresq district.
SHR Criteria g)
The building is a representative example of a Federation commercial bank building found in Armidale Dumaresq area and the northern tablelands region of NSW.
Integrity/Intactness: High
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

The building should be retained and conserved. A Heritage Assessment and Heritage Impact Statement should be prepared for the building prior to any major works being undertaken. There shall be no vertical additions to the building and no alterations to the facade of the building other than to reinstate original features. Any additions and alterations should be confined to the rear in areas of less significance, and shall not be visibly prominent. Any proposed additions and/or alterations shall be in accordance with the Armidale Dumaresq Council Heritage Development Control Plan.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLEP 2012 Amendment No.5I25319 Sep 14   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Former Dumaresq Shire Heritage Review2009 INHERITage  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenJean Newall1991Towards our heritage: the life and work of William Henderson Lee, architect, 1872-1949

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1010599

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