Bank display to mark 120 years
ONE hundred and twenty years ago, the Xray was discovered, rugby league was born, Waltzing Matilda was performed for the first time and the State Government set up the Agricultural Bank, now Bankwest.
Two staff approved more than 80 loans in the first six months, most worth less than $200, and the population of WA was about 100,000.
To mark 120 years, the institution has launched a Heritage Collection that includes historic banking machines, ledgers, photos and uniforms.
The free display is in the foyer and mezzanine level at Bankwest Place, Raine Square and will be open during weekday business hours until June 18.
Bankwest managing director Rob De Luca said bank had served the community during the gold rush and after World War I, when returned soldiers started to rebuild their lives by settling on farming land.