E S and A Bank Terowie South Australia

E S and A Bank Terowie South Australia

E S and A Bank Terowie South Australia

On a recent visit to Terowie in the mid-north of South Australia I took several photos of the old E.S. & A. Bank in the main street. This old building was built in 1884 in the heyday of this important historic, rural town. The 1880s saw this town boom in size due mainly to the rapidly expanding agriculture in the region as well as the establishment of the railway lines serving this area.

The photo below shows the bank in 1909. The photo appears on the State Library of South Australia Terowie collection which shows many historic photos of the town (click here to view).

E.S. & A. Bank, Terowie

The building today is used as a Pioneer Gallery.

As an interesting aside I was not aware of the meaning of the letters in the name of the bank until I did some research. E.S. & A. Bank’s full title was the English Scottish and Australian Bank. There were many branches in Australia in earlier times. The first was opened in 1853 in Sydney. The bank merged with the Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) in 1970 to become the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group.

Over the last week or so I have shared more articles and photos of Terowie. Look back through my posts to read them, or go to the archives link above.

ES & A Bank Terowie South Australia

ES & A Bank Terowie South Australia



7 Responses to “E S and A Bank Terowie South Australia”

  1. Zain says:

    Hi. Is it possible to actually enter any of the abandoned buildings in Terowie, South Australia? Please let me know.

    • Trevor says:

      Hi Zain, Yes, I believe some of the old buildings are open to the public. As I pointed out in this article the old bank building shown above is now a museum and so is the old blacksmith. The old hospital is now a Bed and Breakfast and the old store still operates as a general store. There may be others that I am unaware of.

  2. Zain says:

    Thank you very much, Trevor. Are there any abandoned old buildings in Terowie or the surrounding area where it is completely unused and it looks spooky inside?

  3. Zain says:

    Thank you very much!

  4. Lesley Grabowski says:

    My father was the Bank Manager there when I was born in 1945. We lived in the single room on the left, which previously had been the Manager”s office before my parents married in 1942, until my father was appointed to another branch in 1949. The building is now the Terowie Pioneer Gallery maintained by the Terowie Citizens Association and open to the public, a key is available from Terowie Coffee Pot Cafe and Terowie Information Centre in Main Street.

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