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Negative - State Savings Bank of Victoria, by Laurie Richards Studio, 55 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Jul 1953 Image Reg. No: MM 50711

Black and white 5" x 4" negative showing the State Savings Bank of Victoria building, 55 Swanston Street [corner Flinders Lane], Melbourne, 1953. The State Savings Bank of Victoria, established in 1912, used the name State Bank Victoria from 1980. In 1991 the bank was merged into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

This image is part of the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria comprising approximately 85,000 negatives taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s. These negatives are all mostly large format [5"x 4"/ 12.5 x 10 cm], black and white images, though a significant number are in colour. The many photographic jobs that were undertaken in the course of thirty years are itemised in a set of log books, copies of which are also held by Museum Victoria.

Laurie Richards was a professional photographer who began his career as a photo-journalist, working for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, and the Argus and the Herald newspapers in Melbourne. In 1953, he opened his own business and set up a photographic studio at his home at 4 Tower Avenue, Alphington, an inner suburb of Melbourne. At its peak, in the late 1960s, the Laurie Richards Studio was one of Melbourne's pre-eminent commercial photographic studios, employing twelve photographers. The Laurie Richards Studio worked mainly in advertising and public relations, and had a broad clientele which included commercial companies, government institutions and the entertainment industry.
Black and white 5" x 4" cellullose acetate negative.
Statement Of Significance:
Because of the breadth of both the subject matter photographed and the diverse businesses which commissioned the work, and the excellent documentation that accompanies the collection, the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria is an invaluable record of Melbourne?s commercial and industrial past and as such gives an insight into the social history of that period.
Description Of Content:
Exterior view of the State Savings Bank of Victoria building, 55 Swanston Street [corner Flinders Lane], Melbourne, 1953. The building was demolished in the 1970s. To the left is the Nicholas Building.
Laurie Richards Collection, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 103 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Approximate dimensions

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Tagged with: banks, motor cars, roads, signage
Themes this item is part of: Laurie Richards Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, Laurie Richards Studio, Photographer, Melbourne, Victoria, The State Savings Bank of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Banking & Finance
Tertiary Classification: bank exteriors
Original Caption: State Savings Bank of Victoria
Format: Negative: Black & White; 5 in. x 4 in.
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24 Jul 1953
Photographer: Laurie Richards Studio, Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 1953

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