By the start of the 20th century collecting customs duties was an important function of government. Grand customs buildings had appeared in all the major ports, including provincial centres like Nelson. Customs’ importance was largely because duties supplied such a large part of government revenue.
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Alexander Turnbull Library, Frederick Nelson Jones Collection (PAColl-3051)
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Photograph by Frederick Nelson Jones
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