Prices of Imported Goods to Van Dieman’s Land, March 1828

Hobart Town, March 1, 1828.

Tea, Hyson £18 0s. 0d.

Best Hyson, in 10lb. boxes £3 10s. 0d.

Hyson skin, per chest of 68 lbs. £6 10s. 0d.

Half-chest of ditto, 32 lbs £4 0s. 0d.

Ditto, per single pound £0 2s. 9d.

Tonkay, per half-chest £4 10s. 0d.

Gunpowder, ten-catty boxes £4 0s. 0d.

Imperial, five-catty ditto £2 0s. 0d.

Souchong, per hall-chest £3 10s. 0d.

Ditto per single pound £0 2s. 9d.

Sugar, Isle of France, by the ton £34 0s. 0d.

Ditto, by the bag, per lb £0 0s. 4d.

Ditto, per single pound £0 0s. 5d.

Tobacco, Brazil, by the basket, in bond £0 2s. 6d.

Ditto, by the single pound £0 5s. 0d.

Negro-head, by the cask £0 3s. 0d.

Ditto, by the single pound £0 5s. 0d.

Rum, Jamaica or Leeward Island, proof, in bond £0 5s. 0d.

Ditto, above proof, from 6s. to £0 7s. 6d.

Brandy, per gallon, in bond £0 14s. 6d.

Hollands, ditto, ditto £0 13s. 0d.

Colonial Gin, duty paid (2s. 6d.) £0 12s. 0d.

Yellow Soap, by the cwt. per lb. £0 0s. 7d.

Ditto, retail, per lb. £0 0s. 8d.

Rice, by the bag, per lb. £0 0s. 3d.

Nankeens, per single piece £0 7s. 6d.

Coffee, by the bag, per lb. £0 1s. 0d.

Retail £0 1s. 6d.

Ginger, India, retail, per lb. £0 1s. 0d.

Jamaica, ditto £0 4s. 0d.

Black Pepper, by the bag, per lb. £0 1s. 0d.

Retail £0 1s. 6d.

Liverpool Salt, per ton £10 0s. 0d.

Retail, per cwt. £0 12s. 0d.

Common Salt, per lb. £0 0s. 3d.

London Porter, per hhd. £9 0s. 0d.

English Cheese, wholesale £0 2s. 0d.

Retail £0 2s. 6d.

Mould Candles, per lb. £0 1s. 0d.

Blacking, per cask, containing six dozen, per dozen, from 10s. to £0 12s. 0d.

Ditto, per bottle £0 1s. 6d.

Stationary, from 50 to 70 percent. on a fair invoice, and drawback duty taken off

Earthenware, from 60 to 75 ditto ditto.

Slops, about 40 per cent. ditto.

Paints and Oils, from 25 to 50 ditto.

White Lead, in general demand, about 50.

REMARKS.—Upon some of the Invoices which have come out to this Colony, 50 per cent. more or less, has been in many instances laid on the original Invoices — there are what are commonly called “salt-water Invoices.” In stating the above prices, the Invoices are supposed to be original. — However, there are many articles imported to this Colony which bring 100 per cent. on the original Invoice.

SourcePrice Current (1828, March 1). Colonial Advocate, and Tasmanian Monthly Review and Register (Hobart Town, Tas. : 1828), p. 50.

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