Centenary of Armistice
11 November 2018 marked the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end.
Free tours of the Museum's exhibition, ‘Before Sunset’ were offered to the public on Monday, 12 November. This exhibition explores the role of the Commonwealth Bank (the Reserve Bank's precedent organisation) during the First World War and its aftermath.
A digital recreation of the Bank's First World War honour roll was displayed within the Bank as an acknowledgement of those Bank staff who served.
In commemoration of the centenary of the armistice, several tablet-based interactive displays have been integrated into the Museum foyer. These tablets allow visitors to explore a selection of photographs from the Bank's archival collection that recall its significant role in repatriation, housing and vocational training of service personnel once peace returned.
The female staff of the Commonwealth Bank forms a ‘Strong Post’ as they gather outside the Bank’s head office in Martin Place, Sydney, to cheer the returning troops and distribute cigarettes, flowers, cards and confectionary, 16 January 1919. PN-001385
The interactive displays allow visitors to explore archival photographs and film footage that illustrate the role of the Bank in the Australia's post-war resettlement programs.
The new interactive displays have been designed to complement the heritage fabric of the Museum foyer.