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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
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Contents >> Prices >> Long-term price series

Although the CPI has only been compiled from 1948, an approximate long-term measure of retail price change has been constructed by linking together other selected retail price index series (see table 28.4). The index numbers are expressed on a reference base 1945 = 100.0. The successive series are:

  • from 1850 to 1901, Sydney retail price index
  • from 1901 to 1914, the A series index
  • from 1914 to 1946-47, the C series index
  • from 1946-47 to 1948-49, a combination of the C series Index (excluding rent) and the housing group of the CPI
  • from 1948-49 onwards, the CPI.

For more information about these series see Year Book Australia 1995.


28.4 RETAIL PRICE INDEX NUMBERS(a)(b)

Year
Index no.
Year
Index no.
Year
Index no.
Year
Index no.
Year
Index no.
Year
Index no.

1850
53
1876
51
1902
50
1928
89
1954
206
1980
844
1851
56
1877
53
1903
49
1929
91
1955
211
1981
926
1852
56
1878
51
1904
46
1930
87
1956
224
1982
1,028
1853
69
1879
45
1905
48
1931
78
1957
229
1983
1,132
1854
89
1880
45
1906
48
1932
74
1958
233
1984
1,177
1855
103
1881
46
1907
48
1933
71
1959
237
1985
1,257
1856
78
1882
56
1908
51
1934
73
1960
245
1986
1,370
1857
82
1883
55
1909
51
1935
74
1961
252
1987
1,487
1858
86
1884
52
1910
52
1936
75
1962
251
1988
1,594
1859
73
1885
53
1911
53
1937
78
1963
252
1989
1,714
1860
72
1886
56
1912
59
1938
80
1964
258
1990
1,839
1861
71
1887
52
1913
59
1939
82
1965
268
1991
1,898
1862
65
1888
52
1914
61
1940
85
1966
276
1992
1,917
1863
58
1889
51
1915
70
1941
89
1967
286
1993
1,952
1864
60
1890
51
1916
71
1942
97
1968
293
1994
1,989
1865
64
1891
50
1917
75
1943
101
1969
302
1995
2,082
1866
60
1892
49
1918
80
1944
100
1970
313
1996
2,136
1867
50
1893
48
1919
91
1945
100
1971
332
1997
2,141
1868
54
1894
42
1920
103
1946
102
1972
352
1998
2,159
1869
46
1895
42
1921
90
1947
106
1973
385
1999
2,191
1870
48
1896
42
1922
87
1948
117
1974
443
2000
2,289
1871
47
1897
42
1923
89
1949
128
1975
510
2001
2,389
1872
43
1898
41
1924
88
1950
140
1976
579
1873
47
1899
45
1925
88
1951
167
1977
650
1874
52
1900
43
1926
90
1952
196
1978
702
1875
53
1901
47
1927
89
1953
205
1979
766

(a) Reference base year 1945 = 100.0.
(b) The index numbers relate to Sydney from 1850 to 1900; from 1901 to 1980 they relate to the weighted average of six state capital cities; and from 1981 to the weighted average of eight capital cities. Index numbers are for calendar years.

Source: ABS data available on request, Consumer Price Index.


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