AU$100 in 1931 → AU$2,140 in 1989

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Australian Inflation Rate, 1931-1989 (AU$100)

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.42% per year. Prices in 1989 are 2040.0% higher than prices in 1931.

In other words, AU$100 in the year 1931 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$2,140 in 1989, a difference of AU$2,040.00 over 58 years.

The inflation rate in 1989 was 7.43%.

Inflation from 1931 to 1989
Cumulative price change 2040.00%
Average inflation rate 5.42%
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$2,040.00
CPI in 1931 2.5
CPI in 1989 53.5

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100, 1931 to 1989

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1989 / CPI in 1931 * 1931 AUD value = 1989 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.5 in the year 1931 and 53.5 in 1989:

53.5 / 2.5 * AU$100 = AU$2,140

AU$100 in 1931 has the same "purchasing power" as AU$2,140 in 1989.

News headlines from 1931

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • The Empire State Building opens in New York.
  • A railway explosion is faked by the Japanese in order to create a pretext for their Manchuria invasion.
  • Proclamation of the Chinese People's Republic by Mao Zedong.

Inflation Data Source

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Australia's annual (CPI) as provided by the Reserve Bank of Australia. The consumer price index was established in 1922 and is tracked by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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