Rural Bank reunion

Jim Hickey outside the Current LJ Hooker office and former Rural Bank Building. PICTURE: OTIS FILLEY

Broken Hill’s Rural Bank Workers are set to hold the now historic business’ first reunion party.

The reunion will be timed especially to coincide with St Pat’s race day weekend next month.

Up to forty-five people who worked at the bank during the 1970s and 1980s will spend the weekend sharing memories of a very entrenched time of living and working together at the Argent St office.

Jim Hickey who came to Broken Hill to work at the Rural Bank in 1977 said that there was no choice but to get on with fellow bank employees.

“Eight blokes lived above the bank, above our office, so we all lived together for years while we all worked there.

“You couldn’t take a sickie because the boss was just down the bottom. He would check on you.”

Mr Hickey said that it was a great time in his life and that he was not the only employee to come out here to do a two-year stint and still be living in Broken Hill.

The reunion get-together will be held on top of the old Rural Bank Branch, which Mr Hickey conveniently now owns and is the Principal of the LJ Hooker real estate office.

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Mr Hickey expects that people will be travelling from Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

“Then on the Saturday we will have a full day of food, drink and celebration at the St Pat’s Day races.”

Mr Hickey said that if there are still some locals who worked at the Rural Bank that he has not been in touch with, he would like to join the race day celebration at Wacky’s bar to contact St Patricks’ Racing Club by Tuesday 22nd Feb.

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