Tobacco wrapper (1904)
This receipt and tobacco wrapper are attached to a letter about £5.00 awarded to a Landing Surveyor and two Detectives, following the conviction of one Allan Morton for possession of “uncustomed” tobacco in 1904. Morton was found in possession of 33 pieces of tobacco of these brands: Victory, Welcome Nugget, Derby, Juno and Golden Eagle. The Pioneer brand is not mentioned.
Morton appeared before the Auckland Magistrate’s Court on 30 January, and by consent a fine of £100 was mitigated to £25. Morton’s conviction for possession of 6½ lbs of tobacco on which no customs duties had been paid was recorded on 1 February. [Auckland criminal record book BADW 10254/40a fo.124, 126]
The item pictured is held at Auckland Regional Office Customs Inwards Letters - W T Glasgow, Secretary and Inspector, Customs Department, Wellington - Allan Morton - found in possession of uncustomed tobacco - rewards to W Sibbald, Landing Surveyor, and Detectives Maddern and Kennedy.
Archives reference: BBAO 5544/80/a 1904/525