AU$100 in 1937 → AU$1,992.00 in 1988

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Australian Inflation Rate, 1937-1988 (AU$100)

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 6.04% per year. Prices in 1988 are 1892.0% higher than prices in 1937.

In other words, AU$100 in the year 1937 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$1,992.00 in 1988, a difference of AU$1,892.00 over 51 years.

The inflation rate in 1988 was 7.33%.

Inflation from 1937 to 1988
Cumulative price change 1892.00%
Average inflation rate 6.04%
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$1,892.00
CPI in 1937 2.5
CPI in 1988 49.8

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100, 1937 to 1988

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1988 / CPI in 1937 * 1937 AUD value = 1988 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.5 in the year 1937 and 49.8 in 1988:

49.8 / 2.5 * AU$100 = AU$1,992.00

AU$100 in 1937 has the same "purchasing power" as AU$1,992.00 in 1988.

News headlines from 1937

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

  • The Second Sino-Japanese War starts when Japanese and Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge.
  • 193,000 Russians are executed by order of the Politburo's Operative Order 00447.
  • Adolf Hitler and his military leaders hold a secret meeting where he reveals his plan to go to war.

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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