Old bank opened to start a new era in Euroa
THE banking chamber and manager’s office of the former National Bank of Euroa were officially opened to the public by Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) last month, exactly six years to the day since the current owners purchased it.
In 2012 the building had a new slate roof installed and the gables renewed, and now following a lengthy three year restoration project, the original banking chamber and manager’s office has been opened as an “Antique, Art, Bargains and Curios” shop.
Linsey Siede thanked invited guests to the official opening ceremony to help celebrate the realisation of a boyhood dream.
“You were all invited to celebrate this event as you were either involved in, or have expressed an interest in this project, so I’m very happy you were able to make it along to see the results,” he said.
“As a young boy, I can remember standing in front of the fireplace in the bank chamber while my mother did her banking, and I can remember walking past the outside of this unique house and wondering what it looked like inside.
“Projects like this don’t happen without the support and dedication of many people, so I would like to again thank my wife Kathy for allowing me to follow this dream.
“Whatever you call it, it couldn’t have happened without many of the people here today, Euroa locals who are also dedicated to the town and to their trades.
“People like Scott Embling (Master of anything Plumbing), Geoff Cummins (Floor polisher extraordinaire), Des Maher (Electrical Wizard) and Richard Watkins (Master of everything), and his trusty apprentice Sophie.
“All of the painting and all of the plastering except for the repairs to one cornice were done by me, so please don’t be too critical when you see it.
“I’d also like to thank my mother Betty who let me know when the auction date was happening, and obviously passed onto me her love of history, and of all things old.
“And finally, I’d like to thank the people of Euroa, for trusting me to do the right thing with this wonderful old building.”
The finalisation of the restoration project and the opening of the shop were officially recognised by Ms Ryan.
She stated that this was a very significant building in the town of Euroa, and it was wonderful to see it being restored.
“The building is one of Euroa’s most significant, having been built in 1885, seven years after the Kelly Gang robbed £2000 in cash and gold from the bank’s previous site across the street,” Ms Ryan said.
It was designed by Melbourne architects Tappin, Gilbert & Dennehy who also designed RMIT’s Storey Hall, the Bendigo Cathedral and the Abbottsford Convent and cost £5000 - an enormous sum at the time.
The building will be open most Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 3pm, so stop by and have a look inside, and marvel at the beautiful original floors and high ceilings.
It really is a wonderful old building, part of which is now open to the public.