Sharing scarcity: rationing and price subsidisation of tea in Australia, 1942-55

Griggs, Peter (2015) Sharing scarcity: rationing and price subsidisation of tea in Australia, 1942-55. Australian Economic History Review, 55 (1). pp. 62-79.

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Australians were the world's second highest consumers of tea per capita during the 1930s. After losing access to its main supplier, the Dutch East Indies, with the outbreak of the Pacific War, the Commonwealth of Australia established a Tea Control Board and later a coupon-based tea rationing scheme. Drawing upon archival sources, this article examines the regulation of the supply of tea in Australia until 1955. Rationing delivered reduced amounts of tea to Australians at heavily discounted prices, maintaining a trend towards reduced tea consumption that had begun in the early 1930s.

Item ID: 38011
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-8446
Keywords: tea; tea rationing; tea consumption; Bushells; International Tea Agreement; Second World War
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 05:35
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140203 Economic History @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 100%
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