The Sergeant, the Bank and his bonus
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? Nicole and our producer Jason follow the record trail and discover the uncertain foundations of Australia’s first bank.
The Colonial Massacre Map
Image credit: Earle, Augustus & Earle, Augustus & Earle’s Lithography. (1825). View from the Sydney Hotel (National Library of Australia)