15 February, 2023
Bank marks 131 years in Clifton
It’s somewhat ironic, given this month’s announcement that the local NAB branch will close for good, but this week the bank has been in Clifton for 131 years, the first branch of the Queensland National Bank having opened in 1892.
Despite the impending branch closure, the local staff have maintained their enthusiasm and on Tuesday, the actual anniversary date, set up a display of some intriguing memorabilia.
This included a massive book with details of the many customers of the bank including well-known district surnames such as McGovern, Metzroth, Meara, Cranitch, Gillam etc.
Interest rates being paid by borrowers more than a century ago were 1.5 and
2 per cent.
A bank manual on display states (in part):
Pistols must be -
Kept in a position readily available to the Officer in Charge
Kept clean and well oiled
Fired off regularly - not longer than monthly intervals