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Section 4: Finding out about rationing and austerity

This important package demonstrates the reasons for the implementation of rationing, the means by which austerity measures were promoted and the effects of rationing and austerity upon Australian life during World War II. Students will explore the subject using a variety of approaches, from maths and cartoon analysis to quizzes, audio activities and study of original historical advertisements.

Lesson Plan

Audio History Activity: Austerity

Wages, Budgeting, Rationing and Coupons

        • Money Matters Student Question Sheet
          Photocopy master for student mathematics activity sheet about calculations in imperial (pre-decimal) currency. Includes more challenging extension activities on page 2.
        • Money Matters Answer Sheet
          Answers for the student activities.
        • Rationing & Coupons During World War II
          Photocopy master for student information sheet introducing the reasons for rationing and use of coupons in Australia during World War II.
        • General Wages Information
          Photocopy master for student resource sheet about average male and female wages 1938–1942, featuring statistics compiled from the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics’ Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia (Canberra).
        • Wartime Advertisements
          Photocopy master for student resource sheet featuring advertisements from various Australian newspapers during World War II.
        • Rations Cooking Student Question Sheet
          Photocopy master for student activity sheet featuring advertisements from various Australian newspapers during World War II.
        • Rations Cooking Answer Sheet
          Answers for the student activities.

Using Ration Books

          • Ration Book
            Photocopy master for sheet on which students record points scored in Treasure Box activities. Includes instructions for filling out ration book.
          • Teacher’s Guide to Ration Coupons
            Teacher’s guide to supervising students’ use of Ration Books to score coupon points during Treasure Box activities.