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Bank of South Australia, Adelaide
Title : Bank of South Australia, Adelaide Bank of South Australia, Adelaide
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Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 9.6 cm x 5.9 cm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Bank of South Australia, North Terrace. The Bank of South Australia was established by the South Australian Company in 1836 and from 1839 occupied premises on the corner of North Terrace and Bank Street (the origin of the name). The Bank moved from there to 59 King William Street in 1878. The architects were Edmund Wright and Lloyd Tayler, who won the design competition organised by the Bank in 1874.For a sketch made in 1842 see B 4499.


The original Bank of South Australia building was located on North Terrace on land opposite to the site reserved for Parliament House. The Bank of South Australia was established as a department of the South Australian Company, but separated from this in 1842. In 1892 the Bank of South Australia was taken over by the Union Bank.

The design for the building was undertaken by Prescott and Hancock and the building was completed in 1841. The building is described as Grecian Ionic in style. The manager's residence is attached. The building and land was sold in 1878 for 18,000 pounds.

In 1866 the Bankof South Australia purchased a new site in King William Street, and commissioned a new building designed by Edmund Wright and Lloyd Tayler which was erected in 1875. This ornate building now known as Edmund Wright House, was the head office of the bank until 1892 when the Bank of South Australia was taken over by the Union Bank. By 1951 after various takeovers this Adelaide building became an asset of the ANZ Bank, until 1969 when it was sold to a Sydney developer called who wanted to use the site for a multi-storey office block. There was an extensive campaign in the 1970s to save the building from demolition, resulting in the State Government purchasing it in 1971 and renaming it Edmund Wright House in honour of the prominent early Adelaide architect.

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Related names :

Bank of South Australia -- Buildings

Banks and banking -- South Australia -- Adelaide

Coverage year : 1870
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Edmund Wright House, [Adelaide]: History Trust of South Australia, [1999]
Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide edited by Susan Marsden, Paul Stark and Patricia Sumerling, Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990
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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. From the ground up August 2004-


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