Edgecombe’s life in the Swan

John Edgecombe (74) grew up in the Upper Swan area. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d423019
John Edgecombe (74) grew up in the Upper Swan area. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d423019

Instead, life cut a different path for Mr Edgecombe that would see him play a different, yet integral, role in the lives of many in the Swan Valley and WA.

As a career banker, Mr Edgcombe (74) was a man of the people who helped many families along his way, and brought a human face to banking.

His recently released his autobiography Banker John outlining a career in banking that was interwoven with history, connections and friendships in the Swan region.

‘It was right up my alley to always visit people in my career and I was told early on that if you go and see where people live and work that it’s a huge advantage,’ Mr Edgecombe said.

The Edgecombe name is steeped in Swan Valley history with the first family member arriving in the Swan Valley in 1925.

Mr Edgecombe said he wanted to write a book after his retirement.

‘What inspired me to write the book was a book my mother gave me on the history of the Swan District,’ he said.

‘There is not a lot of history written about the area from earlier periods because there was a large ethnic population ” a lot of them didn’t have the English to write it down.’

Apart form encapsulating life across WA working for the banks, Mr Edgecombe documents some lesser known experiences.

For instance, as the manager of Perth’s Bank of New South Wales in 1974, Mr Edgecombe chased down a bank robber, firing a couple of shots and tackling the offender to the ground.

The book is available from Edgecombe Brothers Cafe, Ellenbrook Dymocks, Woodlake Newsagency or by phoning Mr Edgecombe on 9296 7780.