Story: Customs and tariffs

Tea table, early 20th century

Tea table, early 20th century

A group of women and children are about to enjoy tea and cakes. From the 1890s in New Zealand there was a widely held view that ‘essential’ foods such as tea and sugar should not be taxed with customs duties. The phrase used was ‘the free breakfast table’ – although this is probably an afternoon-tea table.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, H. N. Whitehead Collection (PAColl-3068)
Reference: 1/1-005647; G
Photograph by Henry Norford Whitehead

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Tony Simpson, 'Customs and tariffs - Encouraging local industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/22572/tea-table-early-20th-century (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Tony Simpson, published 11 Mar 2010