[TYPICAL INTERVIEW ROOM - ANCONA WALNUT.]
One of the Interview Rooms located off the Eastern Corridor, Ground Floor
[GENERAL VIEW OF BANKING HALL, LOOKING SOUTH - WALLS AND COUNTER FRONT BISCUIT COLOURED MARBLE; TEAK COUNTER TOP; CAST BRONZE GRILLES;
CEILING, BISCUIT COLOUR WITH OLD GOLD, BACKED IN ANTIQUE SHADES OF BRICK RED AND PEACOCK BLUE; AMBER GLAZING.]
[OBSERVATION BALCONY IN ITALIAN MARBLE.]
The Balcony is above the customer's main entrance - this door was later replaced by
a revolving door.
The square wall panel conceals a heating duct outlet
[TYPICAL CLERK'S OFFICE.]
This office was used by the House Purchase Department.
The Superintendent's office is beyond the screen
at the far end
[FIRST FLOOR NORTHERN CORRIDOR - FRENCH STUC WALLS;
The windows on the left overlook The Loggia and Broad Street.
visible on the right is the door that accesses the Balcony that
overlooks the Banking Hall. This corridor was known to staff as
Rogue's Gallery' as it featured photographs of Committee Members
- two such photographs are just visible on the wall past the
The entrance to the Accounts Department was immediately
past these two photographs.
The more modern (1985) photo below,
shows the other end of the same corridor - the group is the Bank's Accounts/Administration Department.
[SAFE DEPOSIT CORRIDOR.
CAST BRONZE GRILLES.]
This corridor was on the north side of the building.
The entrance to the strongroom
is on the left, the Custodian's office was behind the curved counter front visible on the right.
Customers would normally approach
this secure area from the opposite side, a security officer controlling entry and exit at the grille gate
[TYPICAL STRONG ROOM DOOR.]
Actually, the Safe Deposit strongroom door, which was finished to a higher standard than the strongroom
doors not visible to the public.
The two combination lock dials can be seen just above the large wheel, each side of the handle that
threw the door's internal bolts. One of the building's synchronised clocks is to the left of the door; the dark circle at the right
edge of the photograph is the 'buffer' against which the door opened
[A VIEW INTO SAFE DEPOSIT FROM CORRIDOR.]
The Safe Deposit strongroom door open to show the interior grille doors that would
be fully open during customer access hours. A teak shelf was placed in the doorway to prevent trips over the threshold. The safe makers
name over the door reads Chatwood
[GENERAL VIEW OF SAFE DEPOSIT, SHOWING RENTER BOXES - RENTER BOXES FACED WITH A SPECIAL ALUMINIUM ANODISED METAL;
CAST BRONZE COLUMNS
AND DRESSINGS; AMBER FLOODLIGHT; RUBBER FLOORING
The Safe Deposit viewed from the entrance, looking south - the grilles in the
corners provided access the unit's two storage rooms.
All the safes in the upper section are the smallest: 'Class A'. The three larger
sizes of safe are in the lower section:
two rows of 'Class B'; two rows of 'Class C'; one row of the largest: 'Class D'.
The motto Prudent
people seek a safe place wherein to lodge their securities is located on the south wall, beneath the horizontal lighting panel.
original 4,640 safes were all located on the strongroom's four walls. An additional 5,888 safes were installed in 8 blocks in
1947 - see Image 029