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A Tribute of Jack Lange

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It is with regret that we announce that a significant figure in the Australian Credit Union movement, Jack Byron 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 Thames, New Zealand on the 15th June 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. 

 

New Look ACUA

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We haven't posted an update so far this year because there has been many changes here at ACUA with more to come. We've moved into a nice new office space and we've recently said goodbye to our archivist Michelle Goodman. Michelle has taken up an exciting role as the archivist for the City of Parramatta. In place of Michelle we've welcomed two new archivists, Amanda Barber and Ben Woods. Amanda Barber is our new Senior Archivist and she brings many years of experience in records management and managing archives with her, most recently at NSW State Archives and Records Authority (SARA). Ben Woods is our new Assistant Archivist and has backgrounds in journalism, librarianship and archives managment and has worked with collections at the State Library of NSW and NSW Parliamentary Library.

 

A new office and new staff are not the only new developments for Australian Credit Union Archives in 2017. Keep visiting our news post here to learn of new developments to ACUA, but for more immediate news, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook

   

Seasons Greetings from ACUA

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ACUA wishes everyone a very happy Christmas. Please note, we will be closed from 22 December until the end of January 2017. If you have a query, please email or leave us a mesage and we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you.

 

We're off to the COBA Convention!

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ACUA will be at the COBA Convention in Adelaide 25-27 September! Come and visit us at Booth 37 to learn more about saving and sharing our mutual history.

 

 

   

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