Dollar Bill and Australians Keep The Wheels Of Industry Turning

Dollar Bill and Australians Keep The Wheels Of Industry Turning


[Music] In come the dollars. In come the cents. To replace the pounds and the
shillings and the pence. Be prepared folks when the coins begin to
mix on the 14th of February 1966. Who are you? I’m dollar bill and I’ve come
to tell everyone that decimal currency will be here from the
14th of February 1966. What is decimal currency? Decimal currency is simply a money
system worked out in multiples of 10. The base unit is a dollar which is made
up of 100 cents. But why we changing? What’s wrong with the
old pounds, shillings and pence? I’ll show you. Let’s do a sum in pounds,
shillings and pence. First, 2 ha’pennies make a penny. Carry the penny 5 and 7 and 1 make 13 pence. 12 pence make a shilling, that leaves one penny. Carry the 12. That’s one shilling. 3 and 7 and 1 are 11. Carry 1. 3 ones are 3. That’s 31 shillings. 20 shillings make 1 pound. 20 from 31 leaves 11. Carry the 20. I mean, 1 pound. 7 and 5 are 12, and 1 is 13 Carry the 1. 3 ones are 3. 33 pounds, 11 shillings and 1penny. Whew! Now let’s do the same sum in
dollars and cents. 5 and 6 are 11. Carry 1. 3 and 7 and 1 are 11. Carry 1 over the decimal point. No need to convert
the cent into dollars. 5 and 1 are 6, and 1 is 7. 2 threes are 6. 67 dollars, 11 cents. Now wasn’t that much easier? 95% of the world’s population live in countries using
decimal currency. Australia’s one of the last countries to change to decimal currency. New Zealand will change in 1967. Mistakes are easily made in pounds, shillings and pence. Bosses get angry and time and money are wasted. Housewives will find decimal currency simpler. Typists and clerks will find it easier. Time and money will be saved and bosses will be happier. How much will these new coins be worth in pounds, shillings and pence? Blow me a note and I’ll show you. 10 shillings equals 1 dollar. 5 shillings equals 50 cents. 2 shillings equals 20 cents 1 shillings equals 10 cents and 6 pence equals 5 cents. What will these new coins look like? This is the 5 cent coin with the
spiny anteater. It’s the same size as the 6 pence. And the same value too. And this is the 10 cent coin
with Lyrebird. It’s the same size and value as the
shilling piece. This is the 20 cent coin showing the platypus. It’s the same size
and value as…… The two shilling piece? Yes! And this is the largest coin, the 50 cent with the kangaroo, emu and crest. It’s
worth 5 shillings. In come the dollars and in come the cents, to replace the pounds and the shillings and pence, be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix, on the 14th of February 1966. Clink go the cents folks, clink, clink, clink, changeover day is closer than you think. Learn the value of the coins and the way
that they appear, and things will be much smoother when
the decimal point is here. In come the dollars and in come the cents, to replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence, be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix, on the 14th of February 1966.

100 thoughts on “Dollar Bill and Australians Keep The Wheels Of Industry Turning

  1. One thing that they didn't show is the paper money. NFSA Films, is there a film of the paper money in 1966. I would like to see that film if there is. I have uncirculated Australian coins that i buy every year from the post office.

  2. @Sean Zappulla You're right even though the main character is called Dollar Bill! The message seems to mainly be one of recognising the differences in the coins, new and old, rather than the paper notes which would have been more obviously different.  Not sure what films we have on notes from that era.  Will have a look and post if possible.

  3. scary, I remember singing this… then I went to UK and all happened again there in 1970… their song wasn't as good…

  4. Why didn't the Australians and New Zealanders do the same thing that the British did and just decimalist the Pound with 100 pence?

  5. @ 2mins & 4secs!

    Did you know that the sum on the left is 52 Pounds, 4 Shillings & 7 Pence is the correct answer? The wrong answer of the 52 Pounds, 3 Shillings & 9 Pence is actually 10 Pence under the correct answer.

    Did you know that the sum on the right is 85 Pounds, 15 Shillings & 2 Pence is the correct answer? The wrong answer of the 86 Pounds, 14 Shillings & 6 Half is actually 19 Shilling, 4 Pence Half over the correct answer.

  6. Hello NFSA: happy to hear the song. The words were written by Ted Roberts, who wrote episodes of Skippy, Homicide, Division 4, and heaps more up to Water Rats and Blue Heelers. He was paid £200. [Posted by Pat Woolley, Ted Roberts' wife].

  7. 0:00who
    0:00who the
    0:05be the dollar's in
    0:07Cup the same to replace the pound shillings and pence
    0:12be demand pent when the coins begin to make
    0:15on the boarding the February 1966
    0:18who are you I'm dollar bill and I'd come to tell everyone that
    0:22decimal currency will be here from the party the February
    0:261966 what use decimal currency
    0:29decimal currency is simply a money system worked out in multiples of 10
    0:33the base unit is a dollar which is made up 110
    0:37why we changing what's wrong with the old pounds shillings and pence
    0:41I'll show you let's do a sum in pounds shillings and pence
    0:45best to hate knees make a penny carry the penny
    0:50five and seven and one make 13 pins
    0:5312 pins make a shilling that leaves one penny
    0:57carry the 12 have that one shilling three and seven and one
    1:02at 11 carry one 31 dirty
    1:05that 31 Jennings twenty shillings may come down
    1:0920 from 31 leaves 11 carry the twenty
    1:14I i mean one pound 7 by the 12 and one is 13
    1:19carry the one 3103
    1:2233 pounds eleven shillings and one penny
    1:25who now let's do the same some in dollars and cents
    1:305&6 are 11 carry one
    1:33three and seven in 10 11 carry one
    1:36over the decimal point no need to convert to send into dollars
    1:40five and 10 6 and one is stephane
    1:432306 sixty seven dollars 11 cents
    1:47now wasn't that much easier if ninety-five percent of the world's
    1:52population live in countries using decimal currency
    1:55Australia is one of the last countries to change to decimal currency
    1:59New Zealand will change in 1967 mistakes at easily made in pounds shillings and
    2:04pence
    2:05bosses get angry and time and money are wasted
    2:09Housewives will find as a no guarantees in black tightest in talks will find it
    2:13easier
    2:14time and money will be saved buses will be happier
    2:18well much will these new coins be woven palm shillings and pence
    2:24blow me a note and I'll show you ten shillings equals one dollar
    2:29nine shillings equal to 50 cent two shillings equals 20 cents
    2:34functioning was 10 cents
    2:37many things but the most by tens what movies you going to look like
    2:41this is the five-cent coin with the spiny anteater
    2:45it's the same size as the 16th and the same value
    2:48tomorrow and this is the ten-cent coin with my bed
    2:52it's the same size and value as the shelling peas this is the twenty cent
    2:56coin
    2:57showing the platypus it the same size and value as the two shelling peas
    3:01yes and this is the largest point the 50 cent
    3:06with a kangaroo he knew and crest its Web five shillings
    3:18King covered almonds and
    3:20cameras and to replace the pound shillings and pence
    3:24me command hopes when we're going to begin to make
    3:27on the morning the February 1966
    3:31link sends clink clink clink
    3:34changeover day: is closer than you think
    3:38that any while the coins and the way being a BIA
    3:41and things will be much will that when the decimal point is here
    3:44team come dollars and in come the same
    3:48do be based compounds and the shootings and the band's
    3:51be demand folks when the coins begin to make
    3:54on the molding February 1966
    3:58on
    The auto-generated subtitles absolutely SUCK here!

  8. I was suprised when I went to 'Straya in 1992 that the coins were still the same size and value as british ones – apart from the dollar. Now british coins have got smaller. I don't know if Australia's have as well.

  9. Yeah,don't miss the 101= 666= NWO..
    Now the crash is nearly here…
    Back in 1966,people didn't need a calculator to add up,they do now the majority do😯

  10. Yeah,here come the shears boys clip clip clip,then we take cents boys,snip snip snip! We still charge ya cents boys..when they don't exist! No change boy's it's a hit!

    Crash coming boy's, we made a great clip 😕
    Snip snip snip! NWO sh*t !

  11. @Aussiesunset, you posted this two years ago…

    "We switched over to powers of ten because it's simpler to work with. Because a large number of Australians at the time were just too stupid/bogan to be able to figure out Pound/Shilling/Pence. I myself was only born in '94 so I never learned P/S/P anyway."

    It wasn't that a a large number of Australians at the time were just too stupid/bogan to be able to figure out Pound/Shilling/Pence… it was in fact the other way around, many people from other parts of the world couldn't easily figure out, Pounds, Shillings and Pence.

  12. They show the dollar sign with two vertical strokes. Didn't they actually insist on one vertical stroke to differentiate it from the US dollar sign?

  13. I first saw this video when I went to a Tasmanian museum as part of an art excursion and decided to wander off and ever since I have pretty much the entire video memorised, much to the annoyance of my friends haha

  14. This is a fantastic old film. My parents talk about pre decimal currency and they found it very easy when Australia switched over and there from the Baby boomer generation and my grandmother talked about it and she also found it very easy as well and she was from the prewar generation. I still hear story's today about it from others from that generation.

  15. As a junior Pom I saw this advert on a BBC children's TV programme called Blue Peter. It was so popular that it was repeated. The UK went decimal exactly 5 years after but they wanted to keep the £ but they should have gone for cents rather than pence as there was dreadful confusion, although eventually people adapted to it. There was a stage when the UK may have opted for the Euro but that has passed. Malta kept using £sd until.1973 but they wisely opted for a £ of 100 cents.

  16. As a junior Pom I saw this advert on a BBC children's TV programme called Blue Peter. It was so popular that it was repeated. The UK went decimal exactly 5 years after but they wanted to keep the £ but they should have gone for cents rather than pence as there was dreadful confusion, although eventually people adapted to it. There was a stage when the UK may have opted for the Euro but that has passed. Malta kept using £sd until.1973 but they wisely opted for a £ of 100 cents..

  17. How come we moved from a round 50c piece to a 12 sided coin? I still have a few of the rounded 50c coins here. They're worth a bit more than 50c now too which is cool

  18. Have a look at this coin from the Perth Mint celebrating 40 years of decimal currency back in 2006. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgtLd8CrwZY&t=1s

  19. Pounds, shillings, and pence had more character. I don’t find it hard at all to understand the system, and I was born long after.

  20. In come the dollars, in come the cents,
    To replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence,
    Be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix,
    On the 14th February 1966!

    Clink go the cents, folks, clink, clink, clink,
    Changeover day is closer than you think,
    Learn the values of the coins and the way that they appear,
    And things will be much smoother when the decimal point is here!

  21. Australia should called its currency something other than the dollar. The name "dollar" is not very original.

  22. So if I get a dollar bill and draw a face on it it will sing and convert pounds shillings and pence? YEET

  23. swipe go the Cards folks
    c-link, c-link, c-link. Changeover day is closer than you think!
    Learn the value of our coins mate cos when they disappear
    things will be far worse once closed marketplace gets here!

    In come the cartels and big business crooks
    replacing aussie dollars with a Cashless Welfare Card fence
    Be prepared folks when the Cards begin to switch
    our way of doing business, now left only for the rich!

    swipe go the Cards folks
    c-link, c-link, c-link. Changeover day is closer than ya think.
    Learn the value of our coins mate cos when soon disappear
    things will be far worse once closed marketplace gets here!

    Out go our dollars and in come the Cards
    to lock out the poor from public spaces and the rest
    Be prepared folks when the Cards do their trick
    cos there's no turning back once poor start to eat the rich!

    SAY NO TOXIC WELFARE CARD(s)! say NO to illegal ''tommy shops'' (truck laws). NO branding the poor (pauper act)! say NO modern Australian apartheid (now based on postcodes only, and no longer based on skin tone & gender ONLY like when this film was made in my childhood!) Unemployed swagman of 1930s still in living memory of older generations, and a time before our social security system protected the children of out of work (jobseekers), disabled, carers. Young people need to fight for your future and keep Australia a kind and safe place for everyone (don't let them re-create ''class'' from the past). There is NOTHING in legislation to stop any individual or Merchant from 'reserving the right to refuse cashless welfare card(s)'. This is a private company USA-style import for Centrelink ''pest'' control, that will soon turn in to a cane toad — but with our tax dollars and local business (big and small) in its sights… plus obvious damage to vulnerable people's lives. (family, friend, neighbour, ordinary people who have committed NO crimes!). THIS is NOT ''just like a normal debit Card''. Please research. The Card issuer T&Cs are available online. Auditor General just released damning report of ''trials''.

    Imagine…just for a second.. being an aussie kid growing up in an honest poor household without ever learning to use banknotes or coins to buy milk & bread at corner shops! A note from Twiggy-tooth-fairy under your pillow because responsible part time employed parents now forced to spend the only avail CASH everywhere Card(s) do NOT work!! Trapped to known Card-working geo footprint ONLY. Shopping trolley police & essential goods & services roulette! SAY NO!

  24. It looks so strange to me seeing a round 50c coin for someone who didn't grow up during that time… cute commercial though, I kinda wish we still had ones like it

  25. I was a year 7 student in 1966. I recall having to go shopping with my mother and convert currency and weights for her. Conversion to the currency was seamless. Now Australia sells its polymer technology to the world to protect foreign notes being counterfeit.

  26. Prime Minister Menzies wanted to call it the Royal.. crikies… he was such a pom lover that bloke.. lets go Rupublic … If we need a pom on our Republic money than Abbott was a pom… I also didnt see the 1 and 2 cent coins.. a banker came to our school and had a blister pk with them in..

  27. Clever to avoid mention of the 1c and 2c pieces. At that end of the scale people would be feeling “devalued” and that prices had increased. Naturally no mention of old “half-penny”.

  28. I remember this. They showed this at Primary school in England. First time I saw the TV used that stood in the corner of the hall.

  29. Was this made for the cinema? If not, why is it in colour?
    Australia still had B & W television in 1966, and didn't change over to colour TV until 1975…

  30. If they tried to do this today, people would get up in arms. Nobody trusts the government anymore and hate it when anything changes.

  31. I think the Dollars and Cents will end in 2026 to be replaced by Pounds, Shillings and the Pence.

  32. MarioStar and Aqua1204
    46321 will level us up once more
    Be prepared, folks, when the counterparts will mix
    On the 14th of February 2026

  33. Dollar in English, Spanish, French and Italian, Gulden in Dutch, Mark in German, Yuan in Chinese, Won in Korean, Ruble in Russian, Drachme in Greek

  34. As a maths teacher struggling to get children to accomplish basic arithmetic, I do sometimes lament the loss of base 12 systems. Easier it might be, but I personally think the decimal system has made idiots of the young generation. And don't get me started on decimals Vs fractions.

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