Clothing ration card from 1947, issued to Frederick Roberts by the Commonwealth of Australia. Frederick migrated to Australia from England between in December 1924, arriving in the January of 1925. He married Amelia Lynch in 1926, later settling in Seymour, Victoria.

Rationing of a range of goods was introduced by the Australian Government in response to the shortages caused by World War II. Clothing rationing was enacted on 12 June 1942 and limited each person to 112 coupons per year. It was abolished 24 June 1948.

Physical Description

Yellow card with black print and inscriptions in black ink. Constructed as a booklet with sewn spine down the centre. Rest of the pages have been cut out, leaving one leaf. There are 30 coupons remaining.


This collection of documents relates to the migration and settlement experiences of two English migrants, Amelia Lynch and Frederick Roberts. They migrated separately to Victoria during the 1920s, and subsequently married, worked and lived in Seymour, Victoria. Amelia left England in April 1924 aged 29, and Frederick Roberts in the December of 1924 aged 22. The couple married in 1926.
The collection includes documents brought from England, as well as items collated whilst in Australia.
Of particular interest are the set of receipts for ship fare repayment, indicating a loans system during the 1920s for unassisted British migrants. A set of broadcast listener's licences from the 1940s and 1950s are also of note for how they reflect a time when domestic communications were highly regulated.

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