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2010/18/1 Ration cards (7), paper, made by the Rationing Commission, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1947-1948. Click to enlarge.

Collection of late 1940s ration cards

Made
During the Second World War, food, clothing, petrol and other goods were rationed to ensure that there was sufficient supply for the military and to direct manufacturing away from consumer goods to essential war materials. It also ensured that limited supplies were equally available, and that Australia was able to ship suppplies to Britain. From mid June, 1942 clothing was rationed and each citizen was issued with a ration book of 112 coupons, with new ones available at the end of each year. …

Summary

Object No.

2010/18/1

Object Statement

Ration cards (7), paper, made by the Rationing Commission, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1947-1948

Physical Description

The seven ration cards for meat and clothing were issued to Mrs Dorothy M Cotter and Mr Patrick E Cotter by the rationing commission in Brisbane during the late 1940's. Each of the cards are made from paper, with stamped information of the front and reverse sides.

The first card is a meat ration card, which is printed in red and part used. It was issued to 'D.M.Cotter, Burn St , Camp Hill'. The card is printed in a grid, numbered 1 to 104, with nos 1-51 cut off or used. There is also a reference for lost cards to be returned to the 'Deputy Director of Rationing' in Brisbane.

The second card is a meat ration card, which is printed in red and part used. It was issued to 'P.M.Cotter, Burn St , Camp Hill'. The card is printed in a grid, numbered 1 to 104, with nos 1-50 cut off or used. There is also a reference for lost cards to be returned to the 'Deputy Director of Rationing' in Brisbane.

The third card is a meat ration card, which is printed in red and part used. It was issued to 'P.E.Cotter, Burn St , Camp Hill'. The card is printed in a grid, numbered 1 to 104, with nos 1-49 cut off or used.There is also a reference for lost cards to be returned to the 'Deputy Director of Rationing' in Brisbane.

The forth card is a meat ration card, which is printed in black and part used. It was issued to 'Dorothy M Cotter, Burn St, Camp Hill'. The card is printed in a grid, numbered 1 to 104, with nos 1 - 86 cut off or used. On the reverse side is a reference for lost cards and any queries to be directed to 'The Deputy Director of Rationing / Parbury House / 127 Eagle Street, Brisbane'.

The fifth card is a meat ration card, which is printed in black and part used. It was issued to 'Patrick E Cotter, Burn St, Camp Hill'. The card is printed in a grid, numbered 1 to 104, with nos 1 - 90 cut off or used. On the reverse side is a reference for lost cards and any queries to be directed to 'The Deputy Director of Rationing / Parbury House / 127 Eagle Street, Brisbane'.

The sixth card is a clothing ration card, which is printed in red and part used. It was issued to 'D M Cotter, Burn St, Camp Hill'. The card is printed in grid, numbered 1 to 56, with nos 1 - 25 cut off or used. There is also a reference for any cards found to be returned to the 'Deputy Director of Rationing, Brisbane'.

The seventh card is a special, pre-natal, clothing coupon, which is printed in green and part used. It was issued to 'Mrs D M Cotter, Burn St, Camp Hill'. The card is printed in grid, but unnumbered, with some grids cut off at top, bottom and sides.

Marks

(1) Each grid square reads,'MEAT/ the number / 1948'. At the top of the card is the serial number 'QH 27401' and the cards description, 'Commonwealth of Australia / 1948 / Meat / Ration Card / Rg. DI'.
(2) Each grid square reads,'MEAT/ the number / 1948'. At the top of the card is the serial number 'QH 26499' and the cards description, 'Commonwealth of Australia / 1948 / Meat / Ration Card / Rg. DI'.
(3) Each grid square reads,'MEAT/ the number / 1948'. At the top of the card is the serial number 'QH 26500' and the cards description, 'Commonwealth of Australia / 1948 / Meat / Ration Card / Rg. DI'.
(4) Each grid square reads, 'MEAT / the number / 1947'. At the top of the card is the serial number 'Q A067331' and the cards description, 'Commonwealth of Australia / Meat Ration Card / 1947 issue / rg.D.1'. The letter 'M' is also marked on the back of each stamp.
(5)Each grid square reads, 'MEAT / the number / 1947'. At the top of the card is the serial number 'Q A067332' and the cards description, 'Commonwealth of Australia / Meat Ration Card / 1947 issue / rg.D.1'.The letter 'M' is also marked on the back of each stamp.
(6)Each grid square reads, '1948 / Clothing / the number'. At the top of the card is the serial number QH 27401 and the cards description, 'Commonwealth of Australia /1948 / Clothing / Ration card/Rg.D.1'.
(7) Each grid square reads '1948 / Clothing / PN'. The right hand side reads, 'Commonwealth of Australia / 1948 Rg.D.3 / 165 / Special / CLOTHING COUPON ISSUE / (PRE-NATAL)'. The serial number 'Q No 3692 is also stamped on this side. A stamp on back, '30 Jan 1948', Butter Coupon / Issued'

Production

Notes

These ration cards were printed and distributed in 1947-1948 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

History

Notes

These ration cards were owned and used by Mr Patrick Cotter and his wife, Mrs Dorothy Cotter, of Camp Hill, Brisbane. Most of the rationing tickets on the cards are still preserved.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Patricia Lowing, 2010

Acquisition Date

8 April 2010

Cite this Object

Harvard

Collection of late 1940s ration cards 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/397038>

Wikipedia

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