In October of year 2017, the centenary of the completion of this wide brown land’s East-West railway will be celebrated. There is quite a story to be told in relation to the East-West railway - stretching from the east coast to the west coast of Australia – and how it was built without debt to the people.In the Preface to the ninth edition of “The Story of the Commonwealth Bank” July 1940 D. J. Amos, F.A.I.S. took us back into the historical background all Australians need to know. Preface to the Ninth Edition"The Story of the Commonwealth Bank" was originally delivered as a lecture before the Sturt Electoral Committee, Adelaide, and was first printed in pamphlet form in 1931. It exhibited the usual defect of all lectures, namely, condensation of the subject matter to an extreme degree.The great and unexpected demand which arose for the pamphlet found me so closely occupied in other work that the second and third editions had to be printed practically unaltered, and I began to be more and more sensible of the need for amplifications and additions. These were accordingly made in the fourth (revised) edition, after which only minor additions, for the sake of clearness, were inserted in subsequent editions until the eighth was called for. It was then found necessary to continue the story up to Australia's entry into the second world war (1939), and also to include in it a short account of the note issue. In the present (ninth) edition it has been deemed advisable to mention very briefly some important paragraphs in the Report of the Royal Commission on the Australian Monetary and Banking System (appointed in 1935), as this most important report is now either out of print or has been withdrawn from circulation.It only remains for me to thank the general public for the cordial reception they gave to all "The Commonwealth Stories," and which encouraged me to persevere and complete the series.ADELAIDE, July, 1940.D. J. AMOS, F.A.I.S.
More on this matter will be brought to the light as we approach the centenary in October. Read D.J. Amos’ work here…. [PDF]The Story of the Commonwealth Bank - Australian League of Rights Library PREFACE TO THE NINTH EDITION"The Story of the Commonwealth Bank" was originally delivered as a lecture before the Sturt Electoral Committee, Adelaide.