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Ration Card - Tea & Butter, RA Parrett, Balwyn North, 1949 Document Reg. No: SH 901280

Brown cardboard ration card dated 1949 for tea and butter, issued to R.A. Parrett of Balwyn North.

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 in June 1942. Tea rationing was introduced a month later on 6 July 1942, with an initial allowance of one pound (about 500 grams) per five weeks per adult. Butter rationing was introduced on 7 June 1943, allowing one pound per fortnight. Sugar and and meat were also rationed. After the War, rationing was gradually phased out. The last rationed products were butter, ending June 1950, and tea, ending July 1950.
Brown cardboard ration card dated 1949 for tea and butter. Upper 2/3rd contains handwritten text in black ink. The rest of the text is printed in black ink. Only two butter coupons left and several tea coupons.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Robert Parrett, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 8.70 cm (Height), 8.40 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: home fronts, ration coupons, rationing, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, -1
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: rationing
Inscriptions: Printed: Commonwealth of Australia/1949 TEA and BUTTER V/ RATION CARD/C 113660/Name: R.A. Parrett/Address: Corby St/Nth Balwyn/Holder's name and address must be inserted immediatly upon receipt of card. If this Card is found it/must be returned at once to the Deputy Director of Rationing, Melbourne.
Publisher: Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1949
Issued To: R. Parrett, North Balwyn, Victoria, Australia, 1949-1950
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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