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Original National Bank - Site


Shire of Katanning

Place Number

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30 Austral Tce Katanning

Location Details

Cnr Clive St

Other Name(s)

National Bank

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1904

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

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Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

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Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

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Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 4

Category 4

• Historic Site

Statement of Significance

The National Bank was the first bank to be established in the new town of Katanning. Since erecting its own premises in 1904 the bank was always been located at this same site. The site therefore has high historical and social significance.

Physical Description

A brick structure with rendering to the facing two walls and a flat corrugated iron roof. The wall running along Austral Terrace is predominantly glass. The present structure has little aesthetic merit.


In 1890 the first National Bank manager arrived in Katanning to open a branch in the town. After only three years, however, the branch closed business, due mainly to the economic depression in the eastern states. It was not until 1902 that a National Bank branch was again opened in Katanning in the Piesse Complex in Austral Terrace, the manager being John Anderson.
By 1904 business was so good that the bank erected its own premises on the present bank location on Austral Terrace. This bank was to be brick and consist of eight rooms with the business portion of the establishment facing the Roller Flour Mill. [GSH, 30/4/04]
Electricity was supplied to the bank from the Roller Flour Mill across the road and it is reputed to be the first bank in WA to be connected to electric power.
In 1911 extensive additions and alterations were carried out to the bank. The bank was rebuilt in 1980s.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
"Newspaper Article". p.10 Great Southern Herald, 17/10/58

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use COMMERCIAL Bank
Present Use COMMERCIAL Bank

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

26 May 1997

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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