What is significant?
The former Colonial Bank, a small simple brick building, was opened in 1878. Typical for its period and location, it was designed by George Jobbins who did much work for the Colonial and the National Banks. He had been articled to the significant bank architect, Lloyd Tayler. It is of further interest as a design from his pre-Melbourne practice based in Warrnambool. The contractor was John Gordon. The proposed use of Mount Abrupt stone did not proceed. For some time the building was used as a National Bank. It is much altered internally but retains a good degree of integrity externally. It is in good condition.
How is it significant?
The former Colonial Bank is of historical and architectural significance to the community of Dunkeld and to the southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
The former Colonial Bank, including its period as a branch of the National Bank, is of historical significance as a reminder of a previous commercial activity. The former Colonial Bank is of architectural significance as an early example of the work of the important architect, George Jobbins who designed many buildings for the Colonial Bank. It is also significant as an important surviving landmark.