Benalla building update

by Kate C
Publish date
28 October 2013
Comments (3)

Back in 2010, we blogged a game of 'then and now' on a road trip to Benalla using historical photographs of the town from Collections Online.

Floodwaters around a Benalla hotel This photograph in our collection was originally documented as as 'Negative - Floodwaters around a Benalla hotel, September 1921' (MM 6159)
Source: Museum Victoria

We thought we'd identified the location of this 'hotel' that was surrounded by floodwaters in 1921, but a few knowledgeable commenters pointed out that the flooded building in question was actually the Bank of New South Wales. Recently John Duncan-Watt sent through more information and a beautiful picture of the building in 1914.

Bank of New South Wales, Benalla John's photograph of the Bank of New South Wales, Benalla, 1914.
Source: John Duncan-Watt

John can even identify the people in this photograph because he's related to them. He says, it shows his "great-grandfather Thomas Lambert standing in front of this building, as this was his posting as a Manager with the Bank of NSW. Standing with him on the road and on the upstairs verandah are his wife Emily (nee Brodie) and adult children and a recent addition to the family - Sidney Paul Frederick Morris who married Thomas Lambert's daughter, Laura Irene Lambert." 

Historical photograph, people on verandah Detail of John's photograph showing Mrs Emily Lambert, her adult children and her son-in-law on the upstairs verandah of the Bank of NSW, Benalla.
Source: John Duncan-Watt

Men standing outside building The trio of dapper gentlemen by the steps of the Bank of NSW includes John's great-grandfather Thomas Lambert.
Source: John Duncan-Watt

John's photograph shows detail of the building that our own copy hadn't recorded, including the name of the bank on its parapet. We're very grateful that John and the other commenters revealed the true identity of the building and we'll correct our records accordingly.

Having our collections online and accessible means we can tap in to the Victorian community's knowledge of their own stories, people and places, and we're always pleased when someone takes the time to augment the information we have on our collections. Our Historypin channel is proving particularly fruitful for updating photograph locations.  

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Jenni Meaney 28 October, 2013 18:46
Gorgeous photo that John sent through - and wonderful to know his relatives names and their relationship to the bank - it brings history to life in such a great way!
Terry Manining 14 January, 2014 15:29
Do you have any knowledge of where this building was situated in Benalla I contend it was on the corner of Bridge St and Carrier St. My friend says it was Nunn and Bridge St.
jenny 11 May, 2015 19:00
Terry, it was on the south west corner of the Bridge St/Carrier street intersection, where the current Westpac Bank is. The foodwaters photo is taken looking west towards the river.
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