Roma resident remembers pre-decimal currency
IT’S been several years since Roma’s Bobby Barlow last looked upon an Australian penny.
With Australia celebrating 50 years since its conversion to decimal currency, Mr Barlow was given the chance to look at them once again.
Ironically, the Pinaroo resident admitted he had more than 50 of them when he was younger.
“My mother told me to hang onto them, but I didn’t listen and cashed them in,” he said.
The Australian dollar was introduced on February 14, 1966 and was effectively pegged to the British pound.
Before 1966, there were 12 pennies to a shilling and 20 shillings to a pound.
Mr Barlow said the decision to go to decimal currency wasn’t universally loved at the time.
“Most people weren’t too happy with it,” he said.
“At the time the government was sure we had to go with it because to go with the United States.
“One thing that sticks in mind is how hard it was to convert to the dollar at the time.”
The Western Star would like to thank Norm Garland and the Cavanough family for supplying the coins.