Unity Bank Donates

Graham Burt, Executive Manager Operations of Unity Bank reached out to us recently to offer the transfer of historical documents to us for preservation and use by researchers. Much of the material consists of documents pertaining to significant transfers of business to Unity Bank between 2008 and 2010 when they were known as Maritime, Mining and Po...

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The Roots of Pulse Credit Union

From 1997 until late last year Pulse Credit Union supplied mutual financial services to members largely drawn from those employed in Victoria’s health services. In 2011 their ranks were swollen by the inclusion of members of the state’s tertiary education sector when they merged with La Trobe University Credit Union Co-operative and Melbourne Unive...

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Elcom Credit Union

On October 9, 1991, Elcom Credit Union hit on a good idea of publishing their history in the self-described “best suburban newspaper in Australia”, the Central Coast Express. Elcom was celebrating their 25th anniversary and their history was published as an 8 page lift-out feature in the newspaper   (a copy of which is held by AMH). Along with hist...

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Croydon & District Credit Union

In 1959, parish members at St. Edmund’s church in Croydon, Eastern Melbourne, created a community credit union called St. Edmund's Croydon Co-operative Credit Society. We should remember that in the early days of the credit union movement in Victoria the designation “co-operative credit society” was preferred to “credit union” in order to different...

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Oatley Credit Union

Oatley is a tremendous spot in southern Sydney’s Georges River Council, just across the famous rail bridge from Como in the Sutherland Shire. It’s a leafy area on the water and a community credit union was begun there in the home of Kevin McGrath in 1963. On May 23, 1973, the St George Pictorial newspaper published a feature on Oatley Credit Union...

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Gary Halliday Oral History

We have restarted our Oral History Program with a recorded interview with long time servant of Qudos Bank, Gary Halliday. Our oral history collection is one of our most important assets (learn more here) and it was an apt way to revive it with a chat to Gary. Gary has a most impressive mutuals CV. He worked for Qantas Credit Union/Qudos Bank at al...

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Histories & CPS’ the Morality of Money

One of the most important uses of our resources and knowledge is for the production of credit union and mutual bank history books. Many of these have been produced with our help over the years, including for CUA (Great Southern Bank). These histories vary in depth and scope. Some are small documents, mostly produced for marketing purposes, while o...

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Merv Callaghan (1919-2008)

Mervyn (Merv) James Callaghan was a founder and long-time stalwart of Police Credit Union (now QBank) and the Queensland and Australian credit union movements. He was a long term General Secretary of the Queensland Police Union as well as working with the police force which included lecturing and writing on law at the Police Training School. In fac...

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