AU$100 in 1933 → AU$1,704.35 in 1985

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Australian Inflation Rate, 1933-1985 (AU$100)

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.60% per year. Prices in 1985 are 1604.3% higher than prices in 1933.

In other words, AU$100 in the year 1933 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$1,704.35 in 1985, a difference of AU$1,604.35 over 52 years.

The inflation rate in 1985 was 6.52%.

Inflation from 1933 to 1985
Cumulative price change 1604.35%
Average inflation rate 5.60%
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$1,604.35
CPI in 1933 2.3
CPI in 1985 39.2

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100, 1933 to 1985

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1985 / CPI in 1933 * 1933 AUD value = 1985 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.3 in the year 1933 and 39.2 in 1985:

39.2 / 2.3 * AU$100 = AU$1,704.35

AU$100 in 1933 has the same "purchasing power" as AU$1,704.35 in 1985.

News headlines from 1933

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

  • Coining of the name "Pakistan" by Choudhry Rahmat Ali, this is later accepted by Muslims in the Indian sub-continent who use it to push for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia.
  • Adolf Hitler is appointed Reich Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated President of the United States.
  • The first Nazi concentration camp, Dachau, is completed.
  • The Nazi party is declared the only political party in Germany.

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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