Bank of New South Wales

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.20

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: West End-South Brisbane-North Woolloongabba

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 494 Stanley St. South Brisbane

Latitude & Longitude: -27.48338056,153.02695833

Time Link: 1921

Map Link: 1925

Image Time Point: 1925

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Built 1921-22 at the strategic commercial corner of Stanley and Vulture Streets. The Bank of NSW had seized the site in the 1890’s from a bankrupt owner. Both the 1890s Depression and the severe 1890 and 1893 Floods downgraded this site’s commercial viabiity. In 1921, ‘The Wales’ located its bank to service the expanding retail precinct and tramline that had developed around the Mater Hospital and Chardon’s Corner. In 1982, this Bank merged with the Commercial Bank of Australia to form Westpac. The bank closed in 1996 and it is now commercial offices.


Brisbane City Council, Exploring the City of South Brisbane: Heritage Trail Series No.11, (Brisbane, BCC, c1999)

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 40 feet to the inch. City of South Brisbane, County of Stanley. 40 feet to one inch. Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Brisbane.. 634576