#OnThisDay 8 April 1817, the first bank in Australia, the Bank of New South Wales (BNSW) was established. It was founded by Governor Lachlan Macquarie and bank branches were initially restricted to NSW. In 1850 the bank began to expand, first to Brisbane, followed by Victoria (1851), South Australia (1877), Western Australia (1883) and Tasmania (1910).
Behind the Scenes
In this episode Martyn highlights one of the most valuable and iconic parts of the State Archives collection: the Colonial Secretary's Correspondence. If you're researching someone who was a convict, free immigrant, someone who was naturalised, sent to gaol, or admitted to an asylum you may find references to them in these records.