This is the first liquor licence issued in New Zealand. It was issued by the Colonial Treasury to John Johnson of the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Kororāreka (later called Russell) on 30 October 1840. At the time New Zealand was annexed to the British colony of New South Wales and British sovereignty had been formally asserted over New Zealand. This meant that laws in force in New South Wales, including liquor laws, were extended to New Zealand. The Ordinance for Regulating the Sale of Fermented and Spirituous Liquors 1842 created the first New Zealand liquor-licensing system.
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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: NZMS 346
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