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Commonwealth Bank

Item details

Name of item: Commonwealth Bank
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Bank
Primary address: 31-33 Hall Street, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
31-33 Hall StreetBondi BeachWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Excellent example of a 1930's, Art Deco/Egyptian style commercial building. Typical of buildings built in this period for the newly expanded Commonwealth Bank. An early commercial building and a rare survivor for this area. Associated with the early development of Bondi as a popular surfing beach. Important streetscape contribution. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 30 Oct 99
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Construction years: 1915-1945
Physical description: 1930's style commercial building. Art Deco/Egyptian styling. Fully rendered fa├žade with high, decorative, central recess. Incorporates entry and feature window above. Two matching windows on each side of recess. Limited rendered decoration to window heads and parapet cornice. Little altered except for signs and advertising.
Current use: Bank
Former use: Bank


Historical notes: In 1931 the Commonwealth Bank amalgamated with the Government Savings Bank of NSW. The Bank's Bondi Beach branch operated from the latter's 1927 building, at 82 Campbell Parade (now the State Bank), until the branch moved to this building in Hall Street in 1938. (Dowd, p. 260).

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]
This item is of historical significance.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of architectural, aesthetic and streetscape significance.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is of social significance.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is of rarity value.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study19897/5 - 0154Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620165

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