New South Wales People Featured on Australian Bank NotesTo Economy
When the Reserve Bank of Australia was given the responsibility for all note issue and design in 1912, their designs were to be featured on the shilling and pound notes which were in circulation at the time. Originally printed on paper, Australia was responsible for using the first polymer substrate Bank Notes in 1988, an exciting technology which makes forgeries significantly harder.
In 1966 Australia converted to a decimal system, spelling a significant break from the British Pound currency system and symbolically from the culture itself. The design of the new bank notes signified this with Australia's heritage celebrated in the use of prominent Australian figureheads.
Several of New South Wales' significant wealth of thinkers, writers and politicians have been used in the history of Australia's decimal note issue, including Sir Henry Parkes and Henry Lawson.