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Reserve Bank of Australia Archives
Staff at work in the Commonwealth Bank branch in Bunbury, Western Australia, 1920Commonwealth Bank branch in Charleville, Queensland, 1921Commonwealth Bank branch in Toowoomba, Queensland, 1923Tellers serving customers in the main Banking Chamber on opening day of the new Hobart branch, 27 September 1954Mobile Commonwealth Savings Bank unit operating out of Darwin, 1945An 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 2011

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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