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IN PICTURES: mobile banking, 50s style

Long before smartphones and ApplePay, mobile banking was a thing – but a very different thing than it is today.  Instead of touchscreens we had wheels. And instead living in your pocket, this bank travelled to the customer.

" Among the advanced features of the Mobile Bank van was bullet proof glass, armoured panels and a two-way telephone used to contact the parent branch."
Peter Marinick & Francesca Rizzo, Archivist & Contributing editor at ANZ

Back in 1956, ANZ introduced a mobile banking service in Sydney, Australia. A similar service was set up in Melbourne and across the Tasman in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Mobile Bank was a branch on wheels – a large van fitted out as a bank branch would travel to country shows, schools, factories and areas outside the city in order to provide banking services for customers.

Among the advanced features of the Mobile Bank van was bullet proof glass, armoured panels and a two-way telephone used to contact the parent branch.

There were also three staff members who travelled with the Mobile Bank– a manager, teller and a messenger/driver who also doubled as the security man.

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ANZ Mobile Bank in Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

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ANZ Mobile Bank at Orange, NSW

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ANZ Mobile Bank at Orange, NSW

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ANZ Mobile Bank at Bendigo Show, VIC 1960

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ANZ Mobile Bank parked at 351 Collins St, Melbourne

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Mobile Bank 1961

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Mobile Bank Money Box

Peter Marinick is archivist and Francesca Rizzo is a contributing editor at ANZ

The views and opinions expressed in this communication are those of the author and may not necessarily state or reflect those of ANZ.

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