Who is Sir Alfred Davidson?
A true pioneer who helped shape the financial and banking landscape of Australia, Sir Alfred Davidson is a fitting figure head for our financial education team, the Davidson Institute.
Born on 1 April 1882 in Brisbane, Davidson was the son of a bank manager and followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) at the Brisbane office in 1901.
Davidson spent much of his early career devoted to the study of banking and finance, believing that financial education would not only help him but the community as a whole. Well respected, he worked his way up to the role of General Manager, a position he held at the Bank of NSW from 1929 to 1945.
Davidson’s forward-thinking approach to finance and enterprise helped form the policies which guided Australia through the Great Depression. He used his influence and financial expertise to support the work of many organisations which otherwise may not have survived this period.
Through practical training, a lifetime of self-education, and an openness to new ideas, Davidson’s commitment to financial education was a benefit to all. We’re proud to carry on his legacy today as Westpac’s Davidson Institute.