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Reserve Bank of Australia Archives
Delivery of strong room doors to the Government Savings Bank of New South Wales on a cart drawn by a team of horses, 11 October 1926An installation of archival photographs at the Reserve Bank’s head office, Martin Place, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010; photographed by Peter Tabor, March 2011Members of the Head Office Patriotic Club collecting for Hospital Saturday at the ‘Gunyah’ stall in Martin Place, 1917Stump capping ceremony for the first War Service Home in Queensland built for Lance Corporal WH Smith, his wife and young son, 21 August 1919VP Kenney winning the 100 yards championship at the staff reunion, Clifton Gardens, 10 January 1920Staff at work in the banking chamber of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s head office in Moore Street (now Martin Place), Sydney, 6 September 1916

Welcome to Unreserved

Unreserved is the online platform to access the Reserve Bank of Australia Archives. Unreserved allows you to directly access digitised copies of selected archival records as well as information about our entire archival collection.

The Reserve Bank is custodian of a rich and varied archive of records that spans nearly 200 years of Australia’s economic, financial and social history – from the convict era through to more recent times. This is because the Reserve Bank descended from the original Commonwealth Bank of Australia which had a central banking function and had absorbed other banks with a colonial history.

In addition to directly searching the Archives, there are Research and Series Guides for each Collection. Not all items in our Archives have yet been digitised. As our digitisation program progresses, new content will be uploaded to Unreserved and some will be showcased in Explore our Records. You can subscribe to receive updates.

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