Pre-decimal converter

Stuart Thyer

For those who want to know what the pound has bought over the years, the short item below is from the RAHS newsletter. Only goes back to 1901 unfortunately.

Pre-Decimal Inflation Calculator
The Reserve bank of Australia has a very useful tool on its website, the Pre-Decimal Inflation Calculator, to access, click here. This tool will assist you in calculating the value of amounts expressed in Pounds, Shillings and Pence (Australia’s pre-decimal currency). This can be very useful in determining wages and salaries as compared with the cost of buying land or a house, paying rent or purchasing item(s) between 1901 and 2017. For example, it shows that £1/-/- in calendar year 1901 would cost $150.45 in 2017. The total change in cost is 7422.3 per cent, over 116 years, at an average annual inflation rate of 3.8 per cent.

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