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2002/60/2 Ration ticket, '1 gallon', petrol rationing, ink on paper, printed by Australian Note and Stamp Printer, issued by the Commonwealth of Australia, Australia, 1949. Click to enlarge.

Ration ticket, ‘1 gallon’, petrol rationing, ink on paper, printed by Australian Note and Stamp Printer, issued by the Commonwealth of Australia, Australia, 1949

Made by The Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Australia, Oceania, 1949.

Conditions in Australia during the Second World War necessitated civilian rationing of a number of commodities including: clothing; various foodstuffs such as sugar, butter, meat and tea; as well as tobacco, liquor and petrol. The reasons for this rationing were various. Clothing was rationed due to the serious falling off in imports, increased Service demands and reduced labour for local production of textiles and the making up of garments. The necessity of supplying foodstuffs to the United Ki...

Summary

Object No.

2002/60/2

Object Statement

Ration ticket, '1 gallon', petrol rationing, ink on paper, printed by Australian Note and Stamp Printer, issued by the Commonwealth of Australia, Australia, 1949

Physical Description

Ration ticket,'1 gallon', petrol rationing, ink on paper, printed by Australian Note and Stamp Printer, issued by the Commonwealth of Australia, Australia, 1949

The petrol rationing ticket is rectangular in shape and features green printing and decoration on white fibre paper. "N.S.W" is printed along the upper centre in block titling with internal diagonal striping. Printed centrally within a rectangular frame is the numeral "1" indicating that the ticket is transferable for one gallon only. The ticket is decorated with the Australian coat of arms and various decorative line work.

Marks

Printed onto paper surface "N.S.W. / MOTOR SPIRIT RATION TICKET / COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA / VALID ONLY UNTIL / 31st JULY 1949 / ONE GALLON [repeated] / NOT TRANSFERABLE / THIS TICKET MUST BE ENDORSED IN INK / BY CONSUMER WITH NAME, LICENCE NUMBER / AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER"

Dimensions

Height

57 mm

Width

43 mm

Production

Notes

Petrol rationing tickets or coupons were printed by the Note Printing Branch of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. By July 1940 denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 44 gallons were envisaged. Later a 100 gallon ticket was added. It was not long before these single-colour tickets were forged and a special overprint was applied in January 1941. It was then decided to introduce an overprint with the wording 'Valid until 31 May 1941'. Colours for the July 1941 series were 1 gallon orange, 2 gallon blue, 5 gallon green, 10 gallon black, 44 gallon brown and 100 gallon red.

Fibre paper was introduced as further protection against forgery in the September 1942 series. Amendments to the words 'Supply and Shipping' in ink and 'vehicle registration' were made in the March 1943 series and from then on the design was changed every 6 months, and overprints were valid for 2 months from the October-November 1944 issue. Colours were standardised from July 1945 as 1 gallon green, 2 gallon light blue, 5 gallon mid green, 10 gallon matador red, 44 gallon light rosemine. Papers were rotated from November 1948 (pink), January 1949 (orange), March 1949 (grey), May 1949 (pink), July 1949 (blue) with colours 1 gallon violet, 2 gallons dark green, 5 gallons matador red, 10 gallons orange and 44 gallons bronze blue.

Rationing was deferred in June 1949 and suspended indefinitely in September 1949 only to re-introduced Australia wide on 14 October 1949 . The result of this was the Series 'A' (November 1949-January 1950) on orange and Series 'B' (from February 1950) on grey. Concerns at this time were expressed in 1949 that fibre paper was readily obtainable or could be dyed to produce forgeries and rationing was subsequently suspended for good.

1949

History

Notes

The petrol ration ticket was used by the donor's husband Prof Frank Mauldon. Professor Mauldon was an Air Raid Warden during the Second World War in Perth WA. Severe petrol rationing both during and after the War saw very few cars on the road. Various individuals received extra coupons, including instructors, Air Raid Wardens or those engaged in essential services.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Nora Mauldon, 2002

Acquisition Date

31 May 2002

Cite this Object

Harvard

Ration ticket, '1 gallon', petrol rationing, ink on paper, printed by Australian Note and Stamp Printer, issued by the Commonwealth of Australia, Australia, 1949 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 October 2019, <https://ma.as/11528>

Wikipedia

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