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ANZROC Wellbeing Webcast - Additional Links

Following the Wellbeing webcast held in September, attached is a PDF that provides links to special sites made for ANZ staff that is being shared to our ANZROC communities.


  1. Access to HealthyMe Digital – a wonderful site that provides bite-sized pieces of information via Podcasts, videos, webinars, articles, and activities to help build knowledge and understanding around happiness, health and wellbeing
  2. Access to The Resilience Project 10-part online Wellbeing Series created to support your mental and physical health. Particularly in this time of uncertainty and change, being aware of wellbeing factors such as mindset, diet, physical activity, and feelings of connectedness, can support us to build resilience and increase wellbeing.


We encourage you to take a look and make the most of these wonderful resources provided by the ANZ Bank and welcome any feedback or suggestions via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile 0466368056

ANZ Wellbeing additional links

Transcript of ANZ Wellbeing webcast



ANZ/ES&A Merger stories



ANZ an Official History, written by David Merrett, was launched in 1985 – Chapter 11 covered events leading up to the merger. It was titled “MARRIAGE”.

The following extracts from this chapter will awaken the memories of those who worked in each of the banks at that time and provide others with an interesting overview of the manoeuvrings and intrigue that preceded the eventual merger.

‘On 10 December 1968 the two banks finally announced that they were to wed. The excitement and drama of this statement disguised the fact that neither party was entering into the union with particularly strong conviction. The reasons that compelled the respective boards were essentially those that were mooted since the 1930s and were the basis for the birth of ANZ Bank (the merger of the Bank of Australasia and The Union Bank of Australia). They were primarily defensive. The impulse towards a merger came from the boards. Those few ANZ Bank executives who knew about the proposal were either non-committal or against it. The ES&A’s highest management was strongly opposed, so much so that they were able to scuttle the proposal when it was first raised in May 1966.However, the ES&A directors presented their executive with a fait accompli by deciding to merge even before the second round of negotiations began in April 1968’.

‘Unlike the Australasia and Union merger, this was no joining of equals; the ES&A was roughly half the size of ANZ Bank. The ES&A staff were fearful of the likely consequences of union, while in the event the staff of the ANZ Bank were resentful of what they saw as unwarranted concessions to the smaller organisation’.

The merged ANZ Banking Group Ltd began trading on 1 October 1970, 50 years ago.


We received a large number of responses to our request for members to send us anecdotes and experiences from the time of the Merger. Some of these were included in the September Newsletter, more are now included below, and we will include the remainder in November and December. Thank you all for your contributions.


Member stories September

Members stories October

Peter Alexander full story

Members stories November

Members stories December

London IT History by Dick Milnthorpe

The latest in our series of IT History stories has been written by Dick Milnthorpe. Dick is a member of ANZROC though now retired back in the UK. Dick covers the early days of Computer processing in London plus his role in the automation of North America and India. Dick also worked in Australia in the early 1980's and played a lead role in the roll out of branch automation under Derek Gall.…/stories/…/londonithistory.pdf