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Australian WW2 Identity Card and wallet

Australian WW2 Identity Card and wallet

front of Dorothy Randell's WW2 ID card

front of Dorothy Randell’s WW2 ID card

and the back, which is also signed by her sister E.P. Randell

… and the back, which is also signed by her sister E.P. Randell

 

DESCRIPTION: Identity card issued to Dorothy Alice Randell of “Kenton Park”, Gumeracha, South Australia
DATE:
May 1942
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
During World War 2 everyone in Australia who was classed as a “British subject” was issued with a personal identity card. These cards were particularly important in the identification and monitoring of Aliens (non-citizen residents), particularly non-Europeans and Asian residents.
Postcard size, this particular ID card was issued from Gawler in South Australia and belonged to Dorothy Alice Randell (my great aunt), and gives her address (“Kenton Park”, Gumeracha), together with her signature, and sister’s signature (Evelyn Phebe Randell) as a witness.
The card says “Keep this Identity Card in a cover. It will fit into an ordinary envelope. Carry it with you when away from home”. She kept it in this brown alligator leather wallet.

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