Max has experienced a lot of change since he and his wife Joan opened their joint account with the English, Scottish & Australian bank (ES&A) in Melbourne back in 1955, shortly after arriving home from their honeymoon in Adelaide.
At the time the young groom was looking to purchase a new truck as his existing one was beyond repair. Little did he realise 65 years later he would still be banking with the same bank, albeit with a new name - ANZ - after merging with ES&A in 1970.
“In fact, I think I may even have the same account number – it just has a few more zeroes in front of it these days,” Max says.
Over the years Max says the bank was always there to lend a hand as he and his wife built their family home, welcomed their five children and as they saved for their eventual retirement.
Max still owns the home he built in Melbourne’s northern suburbs with his loan, not long after the birth of their fourth child. He remembers one particularly helpful conversation with his branch manager at the time.
“He tried to talk me out of having four bedrooms instead of three,” Max says. “So he asked me to come in and we looked at the plans and he listened when I explained the layout. When I told him how the bedroom would sit at the end of the hallway and how much harder it would be to add an extension on later as he’d advised, he apologised pretty quickly. He was just trying to look out for me. So I got the loan for four bedrooms.”