Throughout Australian Internment Camps of WWII (1939-1945) the military ordered the closing of all civilian-based canteen operations and the task was taken over by the Australian Defence Canteen Service who issued five tokens for use. The five shillings two shillings and penny denominations were struck by Australian contractors R. Arendeen & Sons Pty Ltd in Malvern Victoria while the shilling and threepence were struck by K. G. Luke & Co. Pty Ltd in Fitzroy Victoria. These tokens were especially designed so that they could not be used outside the camp area to prevent their use in aiding the escape of any prisoners from the camp.
At the end of the war the Commonwealth Bank set up an office and as the internee's handed over their tokens they were given the equivalent in Australian Currency. The tokens were withdrawn by the authorities as their circulation would be a contravention of the Commonwealth Coinage Act. A number were souvenired by officials army personnel and even prisoners and today they are eagerly sought by collectors of Australiana.
We will endeavour to deliver orders as quickly as possible but, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery within Australia and 4-6 weeks overseas.
We require full payment with order, plus all shipping/postage charges before we dispatch any goods.
All shipping/postage (including insurance) costs are subject to change without notice.
Shipping charges for Australia is a flat fee of $8.50, except heavy items such as coin rolls, books, accessories and large quantities of coins and banknotes which will be charged at current Australia Post charges. We will advise you of these costs before shipping.
Overseas shipping charges as follows; orders up to 1kg;
- South Pacific Zone 1 - $25.00
- Asia Zone 2 - $28.00
- Taiwan - $95.00
- North & South America Zone 3 - $30.00
- Europe Zone 4 - $35.00
Orders over 1 kilogram, please contact us for shipping and insurance charges.