Story: Customs and tariffs

Customs house, Nelson, 1908 (2nd of 2)

Customs house, Nelson, 1908

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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Tony Simpson, 'Customs and tariffs - Tariffs for revenue, 1840–1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Tony Simpson, published 11 Mar 2010