Episode Notes

In 1817, the Bank of New South Wales opened as the first financial institution in the Australian colonies. But when the first customers arrived for the grand opening, they found someone had already made a deposit. Where did the money come from? Our producers, Jason and Nicole, follow the record trail and discover the uncertain foundations of Australia’s first bank.


This episode is a collaboration between the UTS Business School, The Australian Centre for Public History and 2ser Radio in Sydney. We'll have two bonus episodes on banks, trust and money in the coming weeks.


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Executive Producer: Tom Allinson

Producer: Jason L'Ecuyer

Collaborating researcher: Nicole Sutton

Sound Design: Joe Koning

Host: Tamson Pietsch

Script Advisors: Lauren Carroll Harris and Ellen Leabeater