Suitcases are our theme for this week. It was impossible to go on holiday without a suitcase. Sometimes it even came in handy as a seat,
Barbara and Charles Fricke c1940 holidaying at Hastings, a small town on Westernport Bay in Victoria, They were staying with Charles’s sister on an orchard, a couple of miles out of town. I suspect that Barbara was being left here on her own for a holiday. as I don’t think she would be going travelling with those muddy shoes !
Barbara and Charles Fricke again in 1943, this time walking down a street in the centre of Melbourne with a smaller suitcase while Charles sucks on his cigarette though a cigarette holder
Barbara is wearing a mixture of clothes. Remember it is wartime and clothes coupons were issued for the purchase of clothes. So… there is a navy blue hat – at least one hat was needed for wearing to church. Under the coat is a navy blue school uniform topped with a hand-knitted russet coloured cardigan with a knitted tie at the neckline to turn it into a going-out outfit.
I had always thought of the rationing in Australia as being due to shortages but apparently the reasons were more complex. It’s also a bit embarrassing to even think about it when you think of the severe rationing in Britain.
The Australian War Memorial Web site tells us …..
“Rationing regulations for food and clothing were gazetted on 14 May 1942. Rationing was introduced to manage shortages and control civilian consumption. It aimed to curb inflation, reduce total consumer spending, and limit impending shortages of essential goods. The broad reasoning behind the introduction of rationing was to ensure the equitable distribution of food and clothing. It was also hoped that a cut on consumer spending would lead to an increase in savings, which in turn could be invested in war loans.
Australians were never as short of food nor rationed as heavily as civilians in the United Kingdom. Rationing was enforced by the use of coupons and was limited to clothing, tea, sugar, butter, and meat. From time to time, eggs and milk were also rationed under a system of priority for vulnerable groups during periods of shortage.”
Go to Sepia Saturday for more links to people’s adventures with their suitcases.
ctoria, south-east of the capital Melbourne.