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Ration Card - Clothing, Commonwealth of Australia, 1948 Document Reg. No: SH 921769

Clothing ration card printed in red on cream paper, dated 1948. It was made by T.H. Tennant, Government Printer.

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 June 1948. The last rationed product was tea, which ended in July 1950.
Cream card printed in red ink for clothing rationing. Hand-written text in black ink. Originally had 16 coupons; two now cut off.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Andrew Reeves, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 8.30 cm (Height), 8.00 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: home fronts, merchant seamen, ration coupons, rationing, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, war medals, -1
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: rationing
Inscriptions: Front: If this Card is found it must be returned at once/to the Deputy Director of Rationing,/426 George Street, Sydney, N.S.W./Commonwealth of Australia/1948/CLOTHING/NA 111143/RATION CARD/Rg. D.1/Issued to /Name William J. Hughes Sr/Address 113 Lott St./Carrington. [14 coupons]
Organisation Named: Commonwealth of Australia Department of Science
Person Named: William Hughes, Carrington, New South Wales, Australia, 1948
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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