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Rationing overview

Australia and rationing


Poster depicts a housewife throwing cans of food at a twisted caricature of a Japanese soldier. The title runs across the top half of the poster, in red and blue ink. The housewife, who is drawn in black and white, is in the background, and the Japanese soldier, who is also in monochrome, except for his red lips, is in the foreground of the right hand side.The cans of food are quite a devestating weapon; if used in this fashion they could have been quite effective missiles. Food rationing was pervasive in war-time Australia and this poster implores households to keep up the effort in economising food.

Source: Food is a munition of war! (n.d.). Retrieved March 23, 2018, from

ABC Education Video

Manpower control


Source: Education Services Australia Ltd and National Archives of Australia. “Notice to Youths and Girls.” Scheme=AGLSTERMS.AglsAgent; CorporateName=National Archives of Australia; Address=Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, ACT 2600; Contact= 61 2 6212 3600, 1 July 2014, Virtual Reading Room Vrroom



Source: SLSA. “Conscription : Conscription during World War Two.” Welcome to SA Memory, SLSA, 2014,



A postcard from Spain in 1943 with San Sebastian, United Kingdom and Australian censor markings; some text obliterated by indelible pencil.

Censored mail Spain Australia 1943.jpg
By Crusoe8181 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Created by Luciana Cavallaro update June 2020