What it used to cost

Provides prices for groceries, houses and wages for Victoria, spanning the 19th and 20th century.

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This guide provides past prices for groceries and houses in Victoria as well as wage figures spanning the 19th and 20th centuries.

Click onto the tabs across the top of this page for more detailed information on each topic.

If figures for your area of research are not included in this guide, please consult the bibliography in the Further resources tab.

The figures in this guide are dependent on the records kept at the time and these records can be inconsistent. In some cases, an answer could not be found. But if you do find an answer which may be useful in this guide, please let us know!

I hope this guide gives you answers to your questions or at least points you towards resources which may hold the answers.

Good luck in your research.

In 1901...

...a quart of milk cost 4 pennies.


 Empire condensed milk, H2000.180/216