Bank dis­play to mark 120 years

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News -

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.

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