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Agency Details

Agency Number: TA61
Title: CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT
Start Date: 01 Jan 1827
End Date: 31 Dec 1901
Description:

The Van Diemens Land branch of Her Majestys Customs was established in late December 1827, assuming the residual functions of the Naval Officer. It continued to collect duties on imported goods, manage the bond store (which had been established in 1817) and attempted to suppress smuggling. The Commissioners of Customs in London handed the local administration of customs to the colony in 1854. At Federation the Department was transferred to the Commonwealth Government. On January 1, 1901 Customs became the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government and the staff and functions were transferred to it.

Information Sources:

Legislation Administered:

Customs Regulation Act 1833 (repealed 1852), Prevention of Smuggling Act 1837 (repealed 1861), Customs Stations Act 1839 (repealed 1861), Customs Regulations Acts 1852 (repealed 1861), Raw Sugar Act 1852 (repealed 1861), Bonded Warehouse Act 1854 (repealed 1861), Customs Act 1861

Legislation Creating:

Imperial legislation (6 Geo.IV Cap.109) (Made effective by administrative action in Dec 1827

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Functions Performed:
9 FINANCE MANAGEMENT [1]
14 MARITIME SERVICES [1]
20 TRADE [1]
Controlling Agencies:
TA91 TREASURY DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1824 17 Jul 1989
TA315 GOVERNOR'S OFFICE 01 Jan 1825
Previous Agencies:
TA932 NAVAL DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1807 31 Dec 1827
Related Agencies:
TA931 MARINE DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1825 31 Dec 1858
Series Created By Agency:
CUS33  REGISTER OF SHIPS' CLEARANCES, WITH LISTS OF CREWS AND PASSENGERS. 03 May 1817 29 Oct 1833
CUS19  NAVAL OFFICER'S REGISTERS OF SPIRITS BONDED AND SUBSEQUENTLY ISSUED. 10 Nov 1820 20 Dec 1827
CUS57  NAVAL OFFICER'S REGISTER OF TOBACCO BONDED AND SUBSEQUENTLY ISSUED. 16 Apr 1823 01 Sep 1827
CUS29  REGISTER OF SHIPS ENTERED INWARDS AND CLEARED OUTWARDS AT HOBART. 01 Jan 1824 05 Jan 1830
CUS8  RETURNS OF DUTIES AND OTHER FEES COLLECTED. 01 Oct 1824 31 Dec 1841
CUS20  NAVAL OFFICER'S REGISTER OF PERMITS ISSUED TO COLLECT GOODS IMPORTED AND NOT BONDED. 12 Oct 1824 31 Dec 1827
CUS21  NAVAL OFFICER'S REGISTER OF PERMITS ISSUED TO COLLECT BONDED SPIRITS AND TOBACCO. 02 Jan 1825 31 Dec 1827
CUS2  COPIES OF INWARD CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE BOARD OF TRADE. 07 Nov 1826 28 Dec 1850
CUS1  INWARD CORRESPONDENCE. 16 Apr 1827 25 May 1858
CUS49  LAUNCESTON - REGISTER OF SUFFERANCES GRANTED TO CONSIGNEES OF GOODS IMPORTED. 01 Jul 1828 31 Mar 1830
AA842  LAUNCESTON - LETTERBOOK OF THE COLLECTOR. 02 Feb 1829 26 Oct 1836
CUS30  REGISTER OF SHIPS' ARRIVALS WITH LISTS OF PASSENGERS. 01 Jan 1830 31 Oct 1833
CUS38  REGISTER OF COLONIAL VESSELS OF THE PORT OF HOBART. 14 Jan 1830 30 Apr 1855
CUS13  NAVAL OFFICERS' ESTIMATE OF DUTIES COLLECTED. 01 Apr 1830 30 Jun 1830
AB699  REGISTER OF WARRANTS FOR IMPORTS IN BONDED WAREHOUSE. 01 Apr 1830 30 Apr 1833
AB700  REGISTER OF EXPORTS. 01 Apr 1830 29 Feb 1832
CUS53  LAUNCESTON - REGISTER OF THE ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES OF SHIPS' REGISTRATION. 23 Jun 1830 22 Oct 1832
CUS5  COLLECTORS' LETTERBOOKS. 26 Apr 1831 23 Jun 1888
CUS31  REGISTER OF SHIPS ENTERED INWARDS. 01 Nov 1831 05 Jul 1838
CUS41  MONTHLY REGISTERS OF SALARIES PAYABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT. 01 Jan 1832 30 Apr 1854
CUS36  CARGO, PASSENGER AND CREW LISTS, MANIFESTS AND ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS RELATING TO SHIPS CLEARANCES. 01 Jan 1833 31 Jan 1902
CUS34  REGISTER OF SHIPS ENTERED OUTWARDS. 04 Jan 1833 08 Feb 1849
CUS59  RECORD OF MONEY COLLECTED FROM VARIOUS PORT CHARGES AND FEES. 07 Jan 1833 21 Dec 1841
CUS43  DEPARTMENTAL ESTIMATES. 01 Jan 1835 31 Dec 1862
CUS35  REGISTER OF SHIPS CLEARED OUTWARDS. 04 Jan 1835 05 Jul 1848
CUS4  LETTERBOOKS OF INWARD AND OUTWARD CORRESPONDENCE. 06 Feb 1835 10 Nov 1853
CUS61  LAUNCESTON - QUARTERLY RETURNS OF LIQUOR BOUGHT AND SOLD BY VARIOUS PUBLICANS. 01 Jul 1835 30 Sep 1835
CUS55  LAUNCESTON - REGISTER OF SHIPS' DEPARTURES. 01 Feb 1837 31 Jan 1840
CUS54  LAUNCESTON - REGISTER OF SHIP'S ARRIVALS. 01 Mar 1837 31 Jul 1840
CUS32  REGISTER OF THE ISSUE OF CARGO LISTS ("RED" AND "BLUE" BOOKS) IN RESPECT OF SHIPS ARRIVING. 07 Dec 1839 23 Apr 1852
CUS3  REGISTER OF DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE BOARD OF CUSTOMS. 01 Jan 1841 13 Apr 1854
CUS48  CIRCULAR HEAD - REGISTER OF SHIP'S ARRIVALS. 01 Jan 1841 28 Feb 1841
CUS6  COLLECTORS' LETTERBOOKS OF DESPATCHES TO THE BOARD OF CUSTOMS AND OTHER BRITISH OFFICERS. 02 Jul 1841 21 Jun 1863
CUS23  WEEKLY RETURNS FROM LAUNCESTON OF IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF GRAIN AND FLOUR, WITH COMPARABLE FIGURES FOR HOBART. 12 Jul 1841 27 Dec 1841
CUS62  COPY OF A REPORT ON THE OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT WRITTEN BY THE COLLECTOR OF CUSTOMS FOR THE COLONIAL SECRETARY WHO FORWARDED IT TO ADELAIDE. 01 Dec 1841 31 Dec 1841
CUS44  INVENTORIES OF DEPARTMENTAL STORES. 01 Apr 1842 30 Apr 1842
CUS39  DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE ADMEASUREMENT, BUILD, OWNERSHIP AND REGISTRATION OF VESSELS IN THE PORT OF HOBART. 01 Jan 1846 31 Dec 1899
CUS9  RETURN OF DUTIES COLLECTED AT HOBART AND LAUNCESTON. 01 Jan 1848 31 Jan 1849
CUS47  CIRCULAR HEAD - CERTIFICATES OF FEES AND DUTIES PAYABLE BY SHIPS ARRIVING AND DEPARTING, WITH DETAILS OF CARGOES AND TONNAGE. 11 Oct 1848 27 Sep 1853
CUS26  RETURNS OF LIQUOR BOUGHT AND SOLD BY VARIOUS PUBLICANS MADE UNDER THE ACT 9 GEO IV NO 4. 01 Apr 1849 30 Sep 1849
CUS46  MONTHLY ABSTRACTS OF STAFF ATTENDANCE REGISTER. 01 May 1853 28 Feb 1863
CUS10  INCOMPLETE RETURN OF TOTAL DUTIES COLLECTED IN THE COLONY. 01 Jul 1853 31 Dec 1853
CUS22  PORT OFFICERS' REGISTER OF WEIGHING FOR DUTIES. 21 Oct 1855 19 Jul 1860
CUS45  MISCELLANEOUS DEPARTMENTAL REGISTERS OF STORES, CLAIMS FOR REPAYMENT, REGISTERED MAIL AND BONDING. 01 Jan 1856 31 Dec 1899
CUS37  PORT OFFICER'S REGISTER OF SHIPS' DEPARTURES CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO NATIONALITY OF DESTINATION. 01 Jan 1857 31 Dec 1881
CUS27  BONDS GIVEN BY EXPORTERS UNDER THE ACT 15 VIC NO 5, S 38. 01 Jul 1860 31 Dec 1860
CUS42  SALARY ABSTRACTS. 01 Jan 1862 31 Dec 1866
CUS11  COLLECTOR'S REGISTER OF DUTIES IMPOSED ON SPIRITS AND TOBACCO. 01 Jan 1867 31 Dec 1870
CUS12  COLLECTOR'S REGISTER OF DUTIES IMPOSED ON GOODS OTHER THAN SPIRITS AND TOBACCO. 01 Jan 1867 31 Dec 1871
CUS14  COLLECTORS' STATEMENT OF TERRITORIAL REVENUE. 01 Jan 1867 31 Dec 1870
CUS15  COLLECTORS' STATEMENT OF INLAND REVENUE. 01 Jan 1867 31 Dec 1870
CUS51  LAUNCESTON - REGISTER OF DUTIES IMPOSED ON SPIRITS AND TOBACCO. 01 Jan 1870 31 Dec 1870
CUS52  LAUNCESTON - REGISTER OF DUTIES IMPOSED ON GOODS OTHER THAN SPIRITS AND TOBACCO. 01 Jan 1870 31 Dec 1870
CUS16  CASH BOOKS OF DEPOSITS PAID BY IMPORTERS ON ACCOUNT OF DUTIABLE GOODS. 05 Oct 1870 17 Apr 1871
AB702  LAUNCESTON - MONTHLY ACCOUNT OF COLLECTIONS MADE AT SUB-PORTS OF LEITH AND LEVEN/ULVERSTONE. 01 Jul 1876 31 Dec 1887
CUS17  WEEKLY STATEMENTS OF MONEY COLLECTED UNDER THE MARINE BOARD ACT 1857. 01 Jan 1882 31 Dec 1885
CUS56  LAUNCESTON - WEEKLY RETURNS OF LIGHT DUES PAID AT LAUNCESTON. 01 Jan 1882 31 Dec 1885
CUS50  LAUNCESTON - REGISTER OF BONDED BOOKS SOLD OR DESTROYED. 01 Dec 1887 31 Dec 1887
CUS18  CLASSIFIED RETURNS OF MONIES COLLECTED FROM DUTIES, PILOTAGE, WHARFAGE ETC. 01 Jan 1889 31 Dec 1893
CUS58  REGISTER OF OIL BONDED AND SUBSEQUENTLY ISSUED. 11 Dec 1891 18 Nov 1892
CUS25  RETURN OF THE QUANTITY AND VALUE OF EXPORTS FROM DEVONPORT. 01 Jan 1893 31 Dec 1900
CUS60  REGISTER OF WRECKS OCCURING IN TASMANIA. 01 Jan 1894 31 Dec 1904
MCC25/20  PENGUIN - REGISTER OF THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF VESSELS. 01 Jul 1895 16 Aug 1915
CUS24  RETURN OF IMPORTS AND EXPORTS, AND OF DUTIES, FROM ALL TASMANIAN PORTS. 01 Jun 1898 30 Jun 1898
CUS28  LICENCED CARRIERS' BOND OF JAMES JORDAN, UNDER THE ACT 61 VIC NO 6, S 218. 30 Aug 1899 30 Aug 1899
AB701  LETTERBOOK OF STATE COLLECTOR OF CUSTOMS CONTAINING CORRESPONDENCE TO SUB-COLLECTORS. 01 Jan 1901 13 Jul 1904