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In 1928, customs officials deemed DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover blasphemous, indecent and obscene. So they banned it.

Coffee Customs

The scarcity of coffee in the new colony led to experiments in roasting local seeds.!

Drinking Customs

“The frequent state of inebriation of the colony threatens the destruction of health and the ruin of industry!” Governor Hunter

Early trade

First Fleet convicts would steal anything in exchange for rum and tobacco – including a possum.

Smuggling: the tricks of the trade

During the dead of night, customs officers paced the wharves searching for swindlers smuggling banned products into Sydney

Woollen yarns

For 150 years, Sydney was the undisputed wool capital of the world.