Australian Excise Duty
The key date is the introduction of the Excise Duty in 1932. From then onward all Australian manufacturers had to have their code number printed on each pack, as well as ‘Made In Australia’. This makes it much easier to identify decks, as prior to 1932 there was no such requirement, and often our local decks can look just like ones printed overseas. Taxation on playing cards was repealed in 1983.
The codes were usually in a circle or a triangle and are as follows:
Paper Products (Reed Paper Products) 1/4
Sands McDougall 1/3
Spicer Detmold 2/3
Hudson Industries 3/3
None known for QLD, Tas, WA or SA. This numbering was also used on matches, cigarettes and beer.