A Tribute to Jack Lange
It is with regret that we announce that a significant figure in the Australian Credit Union movement, Jack Lange, has passed away at the age of 94. Mr Lange was instrumental in helping to make Australian Credit Union Archives/Australian Mutuals History what it is today. His work with us included an oral history interview for the credit union movement in 1989, when he was interviewed by Richard Raxworthy.
Mr Lange was born in Cremorne, NSW on the 21st August 1923. In 1942, at the age of 19 he enlisted in the Australian Army. He served in the Army until the 13th December 1945. Jack worked for the Commonwealth Bank in the 1940s and the early 1950s, before his work with the credit union movement became crucially important in the 1960s and 1970s. He founded the law firm Lange & Co (later Lange Lawyers) in the 1950s and represented many Australian credit unions, especially in New South Wales. He was legal advisor to the Australian Federation of Credit Union Leagues (AFCUL) since its inception in 1966 as well as being Legal Advisor to the NSW League from its beginnings in 1962.
Jack Lange’s biggest achievements on behalf of the Australian Credit Union movement included contributing to the creation of the NSW Credit Union Act 1969 – the first credit union specific legislation in Australia and being part of the team responsible for the 1974 23G tax exemption for credit unions. He was awarded the Australian Credit Union Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Jack was the beloved husband of Veronica (Peggy) for 72 years, father of Cheryl, Brian, Christina, Margaret, Kathy, Anthony and Jacquelyn and a beloved grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather and will be sorely missed.