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The plaque commemorates the centenary of the Federation of Australia, and the centenary of the Australian Customs Service.

As well as the centenary of federation, 2001 marked 100 years since Customs was established as one of the first Commonwealth Government departments.

Initially part of the Department of Trade and Customs, Customs has been linked over the years with portfolios such as trade, excise, business, consumer affairs, science, industry, commerce and justice. Customs was established in its current form in 1985 through the Customs Administration Act 1985.

Many of the powers of Customs are set out in the Customs Act 1901, which came into force on 4 October 1901.



Address:66 Commercial Road, Customs House, Port Adelaide, 5015
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.844168
Long: 138.505029
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Approx. Event Start Date:1861
Approx. Event End Date:1878


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2001
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This plaque commemorates Customs House
Port Adelaide

Customs occupied this building
1861 - 1878 

The Centenary of Federation
The Centenary of Australian Customs



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