AU$100 in 1936 → AU$2,787.50 in 1997

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Australian Inflation Rate, 1936-1997 (AU$100)

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.61% per year. Prices in 1997 are 2687.5% higher than prices in 1936.

In other words, AU$100 in the year 1936 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$2,787.50 in 1997, a difference of AU$2,687.50 over 61 years.

The inflation rate in 1997 was 0.30%.

Inflation from 1936 to 1997
Cumulative price change 2687.50%
Average inflation rate 5.61%
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$2,687.50
CPI in 1936 2.4
CPI in 1997 66.9

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100, 1936 to 1997

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1997 / CPI in 1936 * 1936 AUD value = 1997 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.4 in the year 1936 and 66.9 in 1997:

66.9 / 2.4 * AU$100 = AU$2,787.50

AU$100 in 1936 has the same "purchasing power" as AU$2,787.50 in 1997.

News headlines from 1936

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

  • Hitler violates the Versailles treaty by sending his troops into the Rhineland.
  • Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola begin a right wing uprising in Spain signalling the start of the Spanish Civil War.
  • Doctors administer the first radioactive isotope medicine in Berkley, California.

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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