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Identity Card - Amy Doreen Lavey, Box Hill North, 1942 Document Reg. No: SH 860084

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Registration Card

Identity card, made in 1942 and used by Amy Doreen Lavey. She lived at 41 Kenmare Street, Box Hill North, then a semi-rural suburb, and was described as 'Housewife'.

The card is for civilian registration ('British subjects'). The card explains 'You may need it under national emergency conditions for important purposes....You must carry this identity card with you whenever away from your home. The card must be shown, at any time on demand, to any person authorized by law to see it.'
Description:
Brown paper card, printed on both sides, with hand-written personal details and three official stamps.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Amy Lavey, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 9.50 cm (Height), 14.70 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: home fronts, identifications, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: identification
Inscriptions: Text: O.H.M.S./Form C.R.3/Civilian Registration (British Subjects) /Keep this Identity Card in a cover/It will fit into an ordinary envelope/Carry it with you when away from home/IDENTITY CARD. Handwritten: Amy Doreen Lavey/41 Kenmare Str/Box Hill Nth.
Person Named: Mrs Amy Lavey, Box Hill North, Victoria, Australia, 1942

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Rubina Byrne Posted on 19 Dec 2009 8:59 PM
My husaband has found an Identity card from 1942, and we would like to find out more about them and what exactly they were used for.Are you able to help?
Discovery Centre Posted on 22 Dec 2009 12:58 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Rubina,

The introduction of an identity card in 1942 is linked to Australia’s history and involvement in the 2nd world war and the development of citizenship for Australians. Prior to 1949 Australian citizenship did not exist. The following websites provide some background and a reference book you may find useful.
http://john.curtin.edu.au/events/seminar2003_peters.html
http://www.abc.net.au/archives/timeline/1940s.htm
http://www.teachingheritage.nsw.edu.au/b_expressing/wb2_italpris.html

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