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Beer duty stamps

 Beer duty stamps

Brewery staff at Simpson and Harts brewery at Wetherstones, near Lawrence in Otago, pose with their casks of beer in 1894. From 1885 to 1915 every cask required revenue stamps, which were attached to the plug or stopper of the casks. 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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Carl Walrond, 'Postage stamps - Different types of stamps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/32081/beer-duty-stamps (accessed 25 January 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 20 Jun 2012