Customs House

Public building where shipping was cleared and goods passing through the port of Sydney were taxed and cleared for sale or export. When the port was busy the House was crowded and noisy, the scene of raised tempers, delays and disputed dealings. It was surrounded by public houses, shipping companies and general maritime activities. It is now a City of Sydney Library and function centre.

Milestone
Opened
1845
Modified
1885 - 1887
Position
1843 - 1845
1885 - 1887
Type

Customs House

CC BY-SA 2.0
,
2008

Designed and redesigned by three government architects, Customs House has presided over Circular Quay since 1845. It has always been a government building, although its functions have changed over time.