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Records of the Boards of Customs, Excise, and Customs and Excise, and HM Revenue and Customs. Selected items from the Series: Papers Relating to Plantations (CUST 34) were copied by the AJCP.
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Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the National Archives of the UK. Further advice is available from: http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/legal/copyright/
Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material (The National Archives of the UK) and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.
Citation of items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material at the National Archives of the UK and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.
Example: TNA Series: CO 201/429, New South Wales. Original Correspondence. Despatches May-June 1850 (AJCP ref: http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1234)
Further information on citation guidelines is available at The National Archives of the UK (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/citing-documents-national-archives/ ).
Material selectively filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project. AJCP Reels: 6842-6873, 6584-6614.
Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.
The National Archives of the UK (TNA).
Collection Reference: CUST. For further information, see Records of the Board of Customs at TNA. (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/h/C67)
Dates used in this finding aid refer to those of the records selected for filming by the AJCP rather than to the date range of the original Class, Series or File.
This online finding aid, published by the National Library of Australia in 2018, is a revised version of the original paper handbooks:
Australian Joint Copying Project. Handbook. Part 6. Public Record Office: Air Ministry, Board of Trade, Exchequer and Audit Department, Treasury and other Record Groups, Second Edition, pp xv, 57-61, National Library of Australia, 1995.
Great Britain: Board of Customs
Originally published as:
Australian Joint Copying Project. Handbook. Part 6. Public Record Office: Air Ministry, Board of Trade, Exchequer and Audit Department, Treasury and other Record Groups, Second Edition, National Library of Australia, 1995.
The Board of Customs was established in 1671 with the appointment of six commissioners to manage the customs duties in England and Wales. It amalgamated with the boards for Scotland and Ireland in 1823. It was eventually headed by three commissioners.
The Treasury had overall authority for the administration of customs, while the Board dealt with the practical aspects of the system, including collecting customs revenue, preventing and detecting smuggling, collecting statistics of imports, exports and shipping, and enforcing navigation and trade laws.
In 1909 the Board took over the management of excise duties and became the Board of Customs and Excise.
Papers of the Secretary's Office of the Board of Customs relating to plantations. Items selected for copying by the AJCP include: out-letter entry books, reports to Treasury about salaries of officers and duty on goods; letters to public offices and private individuals; annual returns from each Customs Department giving names, ages, positions and duties of customs officers, expenditure, vessels entered and cleared and staple articles exported. Miscellaneous bundles of papers about appointments,and general customs duties in New South Wales,1823-1860, New Zealand, 1833-1855, South Australia, 1832-1854, Tasmania, 1826-1856 and Victoria 1833-1857.
Selected items only have been copied by the AJCP from pieces: 4-11, 18-19, 23-30, 42-50, 116-134, 137, 139-140, 144, 146 and 148. The remaining pieces were copied in their entirety.
The National Archives of the UK (TNA).
Series Reference: CUST 34. For further information, see CUST 34 at TNA (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4398)..
The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [https://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn557941] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.
Customs administration: New South Wales; Customs administration: New Zealand; Customs administration: Tasmania; Customs administration: South Australia; Customs administration: Victoria; Tariffs: Australia; Tariffs: New Zealand
From the seventeenth century the Board of Customs was resonsible for collecting duties and for administering the navigation laws in British plantations and colonies. Until 1856 it appointed customs officials in Australia and New Zealand and supervised the colonial customs administrations.
Requests that Governor Darling be notified of appointments to N.S.W. Customs.
C. Cotton to examine Van Diemen's Land Customs Department; dismissal of Collectors at Hobart and Launceston.
Appointment of Warehouse Keeper at Hobart.
Acknowledges report on Van Diemen's Land Customs.
Articles imported into N.S.W. on convict ships for use of convicts and troops.
Purchase of cutter for Sydney Customs.
Supply of cutter to Sydney customs.
Appointment of landing waiter at Hobart.
Control of payment of salaries in N.S.W. and Van Diemen's Land Customs Departments.
Refund of money disbursed for N.S.W. Customs.
Accounts of N.S.W. Customs Department
Accounts of duties paid to N.S.W. colonial Treasurer
Appointment of landing waiter at Sydney.
Appointment of searcher at Launceston.
Requests surety for son appointed clerk in Van Diemen's Land Customs Department.
Accounts of N.S.W. Customs Department.
Discrepancies in accounts of N.S.W. Customs Department.
Duty charged on oil at Sydney.
Monies paid to Treasures of N.S.W. and Van Diemen's Land.
Surety for G.N. Gibbes, Collector at Sydney.
Surety for G.N. Gibbes.
Appointment of landing waiter at Van Diemen's Land.
Appointment of clerk at Sydney.
Appointment of tidewaiter at Sydney.
Monies paid to Treasurers of N.S.W. and Van Diemen's Land.
Appointment of clerk at Launceston.
Agent of Van Diemen's Land Company at Circular Head empowered to enter and clear vessels.
Whalebone and oil shipped from Swan River.
Appointment of clerk at Hobart.
Appointment of locker at Hobart.
Request for appointment at Sydney Customs.
Appointment as clerk at N.S.W. Customs.
Appointment as warehouse keeper at Hobart.
Appointment of warehouse keeper at Hobart
G. Dumaresq (Southampton), the board considering a report regarding the conduct of Mr Willoughby (15/12/1841)
Documentation requird by the board (17/12/1841)
References previous communications with the board (22/12/1841)
Regarding a leave of absence (22/12/1841)
Request for an advance to take up appointment (21/12/1841)
Petition of Sherwin for compensation for seizure of Valparaiso and cargo at Sydney.
Appointment of warehouse keeper at Hobart.
Monies paid to Treasurer of Van Diemen's Land.
Monies paid to Treasurer of N.S.W.
Amounts of Collector at Launceston.
Amounts of Collector at Sydney.
Names of Customs officers at Hobart.
Assistance for family of W. Coade, Customs officer at Launceston
Liability arising from defalcations of G. Cooper, Collector at Auckland.
Security received from G. Cooper.
Defalcations of G. Cooper.
Payments into Colonial Chest in South Australia, 1839-1842.
Request for appointment at Melbourne.
Assistance for family of W. Coade.
Debts of G. Cooper to New Zealand Customs.
Instructions to Governor of South Australia about Customs accounts.
Employment of son in New Zealand Customs.
Services in Van Diemen's Land Customs.
Death of W. Coade and request for assistance.
Appointment of J. Dick as clerk at Melbourne.
REquest for bonding privileges for premises at Melbourne.
Bond of G. Cooper, late Collector at Auckland.
Duty on Goods shipped from New Zealand.
Payment of income tax while serving in New Zealand.
Advances to Customs Department by South Australian Treasurer.
Duty charged on gin at Adelaide.
Request by W. Nicholson for bonding privileges for premises at Melbourne.
Request by W. Nicholson for bonding privileges.
Registration of schooner Fame repaired at Cocos Islands.
Advances to Customs Department by Treasurer of Van Diemen's Land.
Appointments at Twofold Bay, N.S.W.
Surcharge on accounts as Collector at Melbourne.
Debts; recovery of surcharges from parties in colony.
Surcharges in accounts of Pt. Phillip Customs; appointment of R. Webb as Clerk at Sydney.
Appointment as clerk at Sydney.
Instructions for R. Webb to be sent to Governor of N.S.W.
Duties charged on foreign goods in Australia ports for which duties had been paid in Britain.
Appointment of landing waiter at Twofold Bay.
Monies paid by Customs to South Australian Treasurer.
Appointment of landing surveyor at Melbourne.
Appointment of landing waiter at Launceston.
Duties charged on foreign goods in Australian ports.
Retirement as Collector.
Drawback on spirits exported from Auckland to Sydney.
Appointmen of warehouse keeper at Launceston.
Appointment of H. D'Arch as Collector at Hobart.
Re coffe plantation owned by Saunders.
Duty charged in Australia on clocks exported from England.
Payment awaiting application at the office of the Plantation clerk
Monies paid by Customs to New Zealand Treasurer
Appointment as landing waiter at Sydney.
Request by W. Nicholson for bonding privileges at Melbourne.
Appointment as landing waiter at Georgetown, Van Diemen's Land.
Outstanding returns from the colonies. (12/01/19)
Treasury appointing Mr. W. Meade Daniell to office. (18/01/19)
Further leave of absence granted. (20/01/19)
The Board on Salaries of officers at Turks island and the Turks island seperation act.
Free passage to South Australia.
Accounts of G. Cooper, late Collector at Auckland.
Letter of introduction to Collector at Sydney.
Goods imported to Sydney on French ships from Tahiti.
Duty charged in Australia on clocks from England.
Monies advanced to Customs by South Australian Treasurer.
Duty paid at Melbourne on colonial deals.
Surety for W. Gibbes at Sydney.
Salary of tide surveyor at Adelaide.
Request for assistance following death of husband.
Accounts of Van Diemen's Land Customs.
Request for appointment in N.S.W. Customs.
Appointment as warehouse keeper at Launceston.
Superannuation of Stewart, late clerk at Melbourne.
Advances to Customs at Wellington and Nelson.
Accounts of South Australian Customs.
Hire of premises for Customs Department at Newcastle, N.S.W.
Employment of J. Dick in South Australian Customs.
Seizure of ship Alexander Harvey at Adelaide.
Belgian goods shipped to Sydney in Belgian ships.
Accounts of New Zealand Customs.
Application for post in Van Diemen's Land Customs.
Dismissal from Melbourne Customs.
Transfer from Tobago to Melbourne.
Departure of Emerald Isle from Sydney without clearance.
Duty levied on Irish whiskey at Adelaide.
Supply of stationery to South Australia.
Wreck of French frigate Almere at New Zealand.
Accounts of Van Diemen's Land Customs
Inquiry into Melbourne Customs.
Appointment of Customs officers in Australia.
Duty levied on British manufactured tobacco at Sydney.
Duty levied on whiskey at Melbourne.
Duty levied on manufactured tobacco in Australia.
Inquiry about J. Dick of South Australian Customs.
Payment of superannuation to W. Proctor at Hobart.
Import of gunpowder into Melbourne.
Register of barque Victor sent to Collector at Fremantle.
Application for post in Van Diemen's Land.
Accounts of Melbourne Customs.
Infringement of copyright in British books in Australia.
Recovery of debts from G. Cooper.
Import into Melbourne of American reprints of English copyright books.
Import into N.S.W. of pirated editions of copyright books.
Accounts of Northern Province of New Zealand Customs.
Remaining arrears in accounts of G. Cooper.
Allowance for R. Williams at Sydney.
Allowance for R. Williams.
Appointments to N.S.W. Customs.
Although listed, this material was not filmed by the AJCP as it not seen due to being unfit for use.
(410pp). Papers concerning appointment of Controller in N.S.W. and other appointments, bonds of Customs officers, purchase of articles for Customs Department, purchase and construction of cutter, establishment of Customs House at King's Wharf, duty on N.S.W. brandy and wine, issue of spirits to crews of vessels in harbour, allowances to officers on voyage to N.S.W. accounts.
(400pp). Papers concerning administration of Naval Department and Customs Department, appointments, order and procedures, establishment of wharf and warehouses at Darling Harbour by Jones and Walker, report of Collector and Controller at Sydney.
(646pp). Papers concerning registration of vessels built as New Zealand and Society Island, applications by vessels bound for India to call at Newcastle, use of convicts as Custom boatmen, goods and effect on convict ships, oil shipped by whalers at New Zealand, seizures of tobacco, spirits and forged notes, manning of boats at Botany Bay and Broken Bay, separation of N.S.W. and Victoria, transfer of Customs to colonial control.
(196pp). Papers concerning the seizure of the schooner Darling for landing spirits and tobacco at Botany Bay in 1829 and the appeal in the Admirality Court in N.S.W.
(836pp). Papers concerning seizures, import of whale oil from New Zealand, Standard Weights and Measures Act, conduct of Customs officers, application of Australian Agricultural Company for bonding privileges, harbour dues.
(296pp). Papers concerning seizures at Sydney.
(444pp). Papers concerning Weights and Measures Act, appointment of Collecttor, manning of revenue cutter, thefts from bonded warehouses, right of American ships from Sandwich Islands to enter Sydney, shipment of New Zealand fish to Mauritius, acquisition of bonding warehouse at King's Wharf, right of Spanish ships from Philippines to enter Sydney.
(368pp). Papers concerning seizures, inquiry by G. Barnes into Customs Department in 1840, organisation of Customs at Pt. Phillip.
(678pp). Papers concerning appointments, cargo imported on Chilean vessels, brandy consumed during voyage to Australia, Dutch trade with Australian colonies, seizures, supply of revenue cruizer to Pt. Phillip, alterations in colonial duties.
(476pp). Papers concerning seizures.
(500pp). Papers concerning duties on East Indies spirits, appointments, revenue vessels, entry of Russian goods shipped via United States, increased allowance for Customs office at Pt. Phillip, exemption of Van Diemen's Land produce from duty, colonial shipping tax, report on Pt. Phillip Customs.
(700pp). Papers concerning report of G. Barnes on Sydney Customs Department.
(c.1000p) Papers concerning report of G. Barnes on Sydney Customs Department.
(516pp). Papers concerning appointments, seizures, British goods imported on American ships, smuggling at Rushcutters Bay, new bonding premises, cargoes landed by distressed vessels, duties on Van Diemen's Land and New Zealand goods, working conditions of Customs officers, relaxation of Navigation Acts.
(612pp). Papers concerning appointments, salaries, alterations in Customs establishment, charges against officers, reestablishment of office of Comptroller at Sydney.
(202pp). Papers concerning appointments, including Moreton Bay and Twofold Bay.
(306pp). Papers concerning seizures.
(320pp). Papers concerning spirits imported under name of Benecarlo wine.
(382pp). Papers concerning smuggling of spirits by Fair Barbarian and coffee from Batavia on Terra Nova.
(700pp). Papers concerning inspection of Melbourne Customs Department by G. Barnes in 1844 and report of J. Cassell in 1845.
(708pp). Papers concerning opening of new Customs House, transfer of bonding premises, appointments and dismissals, refusal of entry to French vessel from Tahiti, transshipment of whalebone from New Zealand, inquiry by G. Barnes into Sydney Customs Department, Spanish trade with British possessions, Colonial Revenue Acts, charges against officers.
Papers concerning colonial legislation, inquiry by G. Barnes into Sydney Customs Department, bonding premises at Darling Harbour, appointments, creation of Moreton Bay as warehousing port, thefts of spirits.
(480pp). Papers concerning report of G. Barnes on Sydney Customs accounts and adjustment of surcharges (1847), retirement of G. N. Gibbes as Collector at Sydney.
(640pp). Papers concerning status of ships built at New Zealand prior to annexation, seizures, appointments, accounts, charges against officers, Revenue Act.
(968pp). Papers concerning appointment of G. Cooper as Collector at Auckland (1840), establishment of customs Departments, appointments and dismalls, accounts, regulations.
(500pp). Papers concerning destruction of customs House (1842), smuggling by American whalers, protest of merchants against levies, seizures, Customs establishment, status of port of Nelson, accounts.
(464pp). Papers concerning seizures.
(748pp). Papers concerning charges against G. Cooper, Collector at Auckland, and payment of his debts.
(676pp). Papers concerning statistics, accounts, local ordinances, appointments, sale of condemned goods, establishment of ports of entry, arrear and irregularities in accounts.
(344pp) Papers concerning seizures.
(560pp). Papers concerning accounts of Russell Customs House, bonds of officers, duties on shipbuilding articles, dispute over ownership of schooner Black Dog, ordinances, wrecks, appointments, survey of northern ports, fire at New Plymouth.
Papers concerning Supreme Court case of Ville de Bordeaux, seizures, expenses of Port Adelaide Customs, salaries, ordinances, alleged overland smuggling to Robe, trade statistics, Murray River trade into Victoria and N.S.W.
(750pp). Papers concerning establishment of legal ports in South Australia, transfer of control of Customs from Governor to Board, bonds of officers, export duty on gum wattle bark, colonial Acts, seizures, Treasury directions on procedures at Pt. Adelaide.
(430pp). Papers concerning appointments, saleries, premises, Customs legislation; administration of Customs Department.
(650pp). Papers concerning Customs establishment, charges against officers, assault by R. Torrens on editor of Register, accounts, plans of allotments at Pt. Adelaide, inspection of Customs Department by J. Cassell.
(704pp). Papers concerning appointments, wrecks, transfer of ownership of ships, seizures, port privileges for Pt. Wakefield, accounts, proclamation of Rivals Bay as free port.
(492pp). Papers concerning appointments, cargoes consumed during voyages, admission of American goods, local Acts, vesel sold to Tasmania by Western Australian Government, procedures.
(582pp). Papers concerning appointments, Customs establishment, report of G. Barnes on Customs Department (1835), accounts, thefts at Customs House.
(652pp). Papers concerning appointments, premiums, colonial ACts, irregularities by Customs officers, establishment of depot at Circular Head, plan of Hobart wharves.
(284pp). Papers concerning seizures.
(700pp). Papers concerning appointments, presentation of testimonial to G. Barnes by Hobart merchants, occupation of new Customs House, duties on spirits, surveys of Launceston, allowance for warehouse-keeper's wife, change of bigamy against landing waiter.
(524pp). Papers concerning appointments, use of convicts for Customs work, colonial Acts, bonding premises, seizures, admission of goods from other Australian colonies, legal proceedings against Customs officers.
(236pp). Papers concerning seizures.
(686pp). Papers concerning import of wool in the pelt, bonding premises, colonial Acts, appointments, dismissals, salaries, transfer of Customs to Tasmanian Government.
(750pp). Papers concerning charges against Customs officers, dismissals, bonds, warehouse account, clearance of vessels carrying cattle from Georgetown, report by G. Barnes on Pt. Phillip Customs. (1844).
(556pp). Papers concerning Pt. Phillip establishment, appointments, dismissals, accounts, construction of Customs House, inspection of Pt. Phillip Customs by G. Barnes.
(226pp). Papers concerning seizures.
(400pp). Papers concerning charges against Customs officers, especially R. S. Webb, for deficiencies in accounts.
(750pp). Papers concerning appointments, charges against Customs officers, wharf privileges at Williamstown, Geelong and Portland, colonial ACts, goods salvaged from wrecks, survey of Geelong (1846), bonding privileges.
(526pp). Papers concerning appointments, inspection of Pt. Phillip Customs by G. Barnes, bonds, Pt. Phillip establishment, establishment of Portland as free warehousing port.
(772pp). Papers concerning survey of Pt. Phillip Customs (1844), appointment of Collector (1851), effect of gold discoveries on staffing, trade of Geelong, seizures, transfer of Customs to Victorian Government, accounts, appointments, salaries, trade of Pt. Albert, rating of New Zealand goods, survey of Launceston Customs (1845), colonial Acts.
(186pp). Papers concerning appointments at Geelong, establishment of Geelong as free warehousing port.
(640pp). Papers concerning survey of Pt. Albert, colonial Acts, premises at Pt. Fairy, port and bonding privileges at Portland, lighthouse at Cape Otway, transfer of ownership of bonded goods, registration of Customs cutter.
(400pp). Papers concerning wharfage rates at Geelong and Portland, staffing, charges against Customs officers, survey of Adelaide Customs (1848).
(254pp). Papers concerning seizures.
(528pp). Papers concerning infringement of passenger laws, gazettal of Pt. Fairy as priveged port, duty on spirits, dismissals, colonial Acts, appointments, trade of Geelong, smuggling at Warrnambool, consolidation of Victorian Customs legislation (1852), seizure of tobacco, registration of ships.