The portico to the two-storey building on the right
was the entrance to the bank.
The Bank of Australia robbery was arguably the largest bank robbery in Australian history, based on the amount stolen and its financial impact on the bank. The full story of the robbery and its aftermath is told in Carol Baxter's Breaking the Bank.
When Carol was writing her first popular history, An Irresistible Temptation: the true story of Jane New and a colonial scandal, she stumbled across a reference mentioning that Jane had provided information to the authorities about "the bank robbery".
"What bank robbery?" she asked herself.
So she placed a newspaper microfilm in the reader (there were no online digitised newspapers at that time) and searched from the relevant date backwards. When she found references to the robbery, she realised why they hadn't bothered to say when or where the robbery occurred or which bank was robbed. What a tale!
Four hours after she handed over the manuscript for An Irresistible Temptation, she started work on Breaking the Bank.