1970s & 80s Photo Opportunity

Thanks to Great Southern Bank we’re able to show you these excellent photos of Dandenong Credit Union and Berwick Credit Union offices from the 1970s and 1980s. Great Southern Bank has merged with many credit unions over the years and regularly donates records and photographs to us for posterity. Late last year they donated a great deal of materia...

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a Starr on the Horizon ...

a Starr on the Horizon - Starr Bowkett Building Societies. I was at a birthday party recently and as happens at parties a new acquaintance asked me about my work. After hearing about Australian Mutuals History they told me about acquiring their first home loan through Newtown & Enmore Starr-Bowkett Building Co-op Societies. The office bearing ...

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What Makes OCU Unique?

Orange Credit Union will celebrate its 60th anniversary in December. It was registered as Email (Orange) Employees Credit Union after forming during a special meeting of Email (Orange) employees in the staff canteen in December 1964. To celebrate their 50th year of operations in 2014, Orange Credit Union produced several short films featuring in...

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Time in the Sunstate

Historically how groundbreaking was the merger between Heritage Bank and People’s Choice? It is true that historical building societies have merged with credit unions, but it appears that it is rare for a building society to be the senior partner in a merger with a credit union. One such case is the merger of Sunstate Credit Union and First Provinc...

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New Book

A new book called A History of Australian Co-operatives 1827-2023 that we were pleased to help with has recently been published. Authored by friends of ours from the University of Sydney Co-operatives Research Group, the book is available from Routledge here or our reference library. In the book Patmore, Balnave and Marjanovic provide a perspect...

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Firefighters and Affiliates

“With our size, we can’t compete on price against other larger financial institutions. However, we can give them a high level of service, human interaction, and a personal touch typical of the caring nature of credit unions” – John Kenny, Chair, Firefighters Credit Co-operative (1998) Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB) is one of the biggest customer own...

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The Coastline is Devine

We have recorded our first oral history interview for 2024 with Coastline Credit Union Director and former QBANK CEO Grant Devine. Grant told us about his early years in finance and his introduction to mutuals in 2001 through a role with Queensland Teachers Credit Union (now part of RACQ Bank). The full transcript of the recorded interview will ...

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The Origins of Resolution

“Members sometimes don’t feel comfortable taking their complaints to the credit union” – Gail Cork, CUDRC The Credit Union Dispute Resolution Centre Pty Ltd (CUDRC) was established in November 1996 to assist participating credit unions and their members resolve complaints in a fair, timely and cost-effective manner. The CUDRC was funded by partici...

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