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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Customs Department

Customs Department.

The Customs Department has been represented at New Plymouth since the forties. The office is in the Government Buildings, on the ground floor, and is entered from Silver Street. There are three bonds in the town of New Plymouth; namely, at the New Plymouth Express Company's buildings, and those of Messrs Burgess Fraser and Co., and of Mr. A. Goldwater. Besides the staff at New Plymouth, there is a coast waiter at Waitara. The principal exports are butter, cheese and meat. For some years the exports have been steadily increasing in value, and there was a substantial increase in imports in the year 1905.

Mr. John Hamilton Hempton has been Collector of Customs at New Plymouth since the year 1903. He was born in the town in 1863, and also educated in his native place. In 1874, he joined the Customs in Wellington, where he served for a number of years before he was promoted to his present position. Mr. Hempton married a daughter of Mr. A. McCrorie, in 1899, and has one daughter.