Australian Mutuals History (AMH) exists to preserve and promote the unique and important history of the credit union and mutual banking movement in Australia. AMH is the only organisation dedicated to preserving the archives and history of the financial mutual sector in Australia. 
AMH is fortunate to have inherited a fine collection of records initiated by the Australian Credit Union Historical Co-Operative Limited. We continue to build on this foundational collection by:
  • appraising the records of the financial mutual sector and credit union movement

  • developing practices for the systematic transfer of records from individual mutual banks and credit unions and special service providers

  • receiving relevant records of many who have served the movement

  • arranging and describing archives in accordance with accepted archival practices

  • taking steps to preserve the physical records by placing them in acid free and chemically inert enclosures and housing them appropriately

  • assisting researchers and making records available for research purposes

  • providing information to the sector and promoting the use of the records in the collection ​

  • providing guidance in relation to records and archives management within the sector.

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