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Ration Card - Clothing, Commonwealth of Australia, circa 1945-1946 Document Reg. No: SH 880783

Ration card for clothing, consisting of a single peach-coloured card with coupons to be cut off. Originally 24 coupons would have been included; nine remain. The card is printed '1945-6 issue'. The card was issued to J.R. Sidebottom of Glen Iris.

Shortages of foodstuffs, clothing and other products were part of life on the homefront during World War II. The first controls over the production and distribution of products were introduced in 1940, partly due to disruption of shipping. In 1942, after Japan entered the War, comprehensive rationing was introduced to manage shortages and control civilian consumption. The first product to be rationed was clothing, gazetted on 12 June 1942. Each adult was allowed 112 clothing coupons per year. Tea rationing was introduced the following month, followed by sugar, butter and then meat. After the War, rationing was gradually phased out. Clothing rationing was abolished on 24 June1948. The last rationed product was tea, which ended in July 1950.
Pink-coloured card, printed in black with coupons to be cut off from the left side. Nine coupons remain from the original 24 supplied.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William (Bill) Sidebottom, 1988
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 140 mm (Height), 119 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: home fronts, ration coupons, rationing, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, -1, rev. albert gaither, jr.
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: rationing
Inscriptions: Text: Preserve this card carefully by keeping it in an/envelope or other suitable holder/No. V.B 464081/COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA/CLOTHING/RATION CARD/1945-6 ISSUE.
Printer: H.E. Daw, Government Printer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1945
Organisation Named: Commonwealth of Australia Department of Science
Person Named: J. Sidebottom, Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia, 1945-1946
References: 'Rationing of food and clothing during the Second World War', National War Memorial, http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/homefront/rationing.asp, accessed 30/1/2009

Departmental history of rationing of clothing and food, 1942-1950 (Melbourne: Commonwealth Rationing Commission, 1950)

S.J. Butlin and C.B. Schedvin, War economy, 1942-1945, Australia in the War of 1939-45, vol. IV, (Canberra: Australian War Memorial, 1977): pp. 286-309
  1. [Book], Kate Darian-Smith - University of Melbourne (The) Australian Centre, On the home front: Melbourne in wartime 1939-1945, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1990

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