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Secret bank vault to be opened after 20 years


Posted on Sunday, 27 January, 2019 | Comment icon 12 comments

The building as it looks since it became a tourist office. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 kenhodge13
A mysterious room in Darwin's former Reserve Bank building has remained firmly locked for decades.
The building, which was completed back in 1967, served as the Territory's Reserve Bank branch for around 30 years before being occupied by the United Nations between 1999 and 2004.

Its current occupants - Tourism Top End - moved in back in 2007.

While the building contains many of the structural remnants you'd expect for a former bank, one of its rooms - which has remained under lock and key for years - remains particularly mysterious.

Measuring 4.5 meters by 5.5 meters, the room is sealed behind a locked vault door and nobody knows what is inside. What's more, none of the keys left by the bank seem to fit the lock.

"We've tried every key that we can find, which we have stacks of," said Tourism Top End visitor center manager Julie Lawrance. "Obviously being an old bank we have hundreds of keys."

"I'd love to know if there was some money in there, but I don't know."

Now in a renewed bid to reveal the secrets of this mysterious room once and for all, the firm has arranged for locksmiths to break in to the vault on Wednesday.

Whether it be piles of gold bars, secretive UN documents or perhaps even nothing at all - it should be very interesting indeed to learn exactly what lies inside.

Source: ABC.net.au | Comments (12)

Tags: Bank, Darwin

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by AllPossible on 27 January, 2019, 21:18
Trumps W-2's are definitely in there
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 on 27 January, 2019, 22:41
It's probably full of AOL CD's.
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye on 28 January, 2019, 1:24
Dangit, I was hoping for some First Edition Limited Issue Olivia Newton John vinyl Albums ... ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by South Alabam on 28 January, 2019, 1:29
Elvis is in there.
Comment icon #7 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 28 January, 2019, 15:18
A crossing point to a parallel Earth! † https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpart_(TV_series)
Comment icon #8 Posted by Impedancer on 28 January, 2019, 15:28
I dont think it's what you have said its more likely to be† the ED-209† in Robocop "you got 20 seconds to comply"† :-)
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hankenhunter on 29 January, 2019, 4:29
Spent 6 years as a locksmith in Port Hardy. During my apprenticeship one of my jobs was opening old safes. As I wasn't learned enough†to be trusted with our†state of the art auto dialing safe opener. I had to do it the old fashioned way by looking up the make and model in the secret locksmiths safe cracking books, find the drill point, drill, then poke a special tool through and manipulate the gates to open it. I opened 4 small ones (3-400lbs) and 12 big old beasts that were as tall as me. The bigger they are, the easier. Never found much other than some change, old accounting papers, and a ve... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Maureen_jacobs on 30 January, 2019, 11:10
Call Geraldo Rivera
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles on 30 January, 2019, 12:45
Unfortunately it's only been 20 years. So it is more likely it will contain VHS copies of Armageddon and The Big LeBowski.
Comment icon #12 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 30 January, 2019, 19:32
https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/locksmiths-will-open-the-doors-to-two-decade-mystery/news-story/09f34edd38eb1ab9b0c0e46edfb9de87 † The door has been opened! Shockingly the door does not open into a parallel Earth, nor does it contain a Stargate or even a stack of gold bars, hey ho


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