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Revenue stamps, Otago, 1894

Revenue stamps, Otago, 1894

Brewery staff at Simpson and Harts brewery at Wetherstons near Lawrence in Otago pose with their casks of beer in 1894. Every cask required revenue stamps which were attached to the plug or stopper of the casks, from 1885 to 1915. The Beer Duty Act 1880 had established a threepence-per-gallon excise duty on beer. Evading this tax was difficult – beer brewing operations are large and would be difficult to hide.

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Paul Goldsmith, 'Taxes - Taxation – 1840 to the 1880s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 January 2023)

Story by Paul Goldsmith, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 2 Sep 2016