AU$100 in 1934 → AU$1,256.52 in 1981

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Australian Inflation Rate, 1934-1981 (AU$100)

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.53% per year. Prices in 1981 are 1156.5% higher than prices in 1934.

In other words, AU$100 in the year 1934 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$1,256.52 in 1981, a difference of AU$1,156.52 over 47 years.

The inflation rate in 1981 was 9.47%.

Inflation from 1934 to 1981
Cumulative price change 1156.52%
Average inflation rate 5.53%
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$1,156.52
CPI in 1934 2.3
CPI in 1981 28.9

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100, 1934 to 1981

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1981 / CPI in 1934 * 1934 AUD value = 1981 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.3 in the year 1934 and 28.9 in 1981:

28.9 / 2.3 * AU$100 = AU$1,256.52

AU$100 in 1934 has the same "purchasing power" as AU$1,256.52 in 1981.

News headlines from 1934

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

  • American and Canadian prairies suffer during "The Great Dustbowl", a period of drought and severe dust storms.
  • John Dillinger becomes commonly known as America's first Public Enemy Number One.
  • Hitler brutally purges the leadership of the Nazi party in an event known as "Night of Long Knives".
  • The Assassination of Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov is used as a pretext by Stalin to start the Great Purge of the Communist party.

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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