On 8th April 1817, the first bank In Australia, the Bank of New South Wales was established. Founded by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, branches soon appeared throughout NSW, but during the late nineteenth century and early nineteenth century, branches were set up throughout Australia and Oceania.
In 1982, the Bank of New South Wales merged with the Commercial Bank of Australia to form the Westpac Banking Corporation.
The State Library of New South Wales holds many photographs of branches of the Bank of New South Wales located in many towns and cities in Australia. These images depict the first branches in Sydney, in George St in 1822 and 1855.