Again today, whilst sorting through some old files, I have come across a copy of a South Australia Land Tax Return for James Heneker of Beltana, South Australia, 1885.
Back when I bought this copy there was no internet (how did we manage!!) and it is printed out on a large A3 yellow piece of paper, which I think I actually did when I worked at the State Library of S.A.
I have had to take a photo of it on my phone, as my printer can’t do A3 copying. This should be able to be enlarged, I hope. It certainly can be on my phone.
So I will record what the Return states, in case it isn’t too clear when publishing the copy of the document.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA – TAXATION ACT, 1884
LAND TAX RETURN for the Year ending the first day of January, 1885.
No. of Assessment 166.
In pursuance of the Taxation Act, 1884, every Taxpayer is required to fill up the following Form of Return, and to deliver the same at my office, Victoria-square, Adelaide, on or before the 21st day of March, 1885 under a penalty of £20 and treble the amount to Taxpayer who wilfully furnishes any false return, or makes any false declaration in reference to a return, is guilty of a misdemeanour, punishable on conviction in like manner as wilful and corrupt perjury. J.G. RUSSELL, Commissioner. Taxpayers are requested to read the Observations and Directions on the back hereof.
RETURN of the LAND OWNED by James Heneker of (residence) Beltana (occupation) Labourer in Fee-simple required to be furnished in pursuance of the Taxation Act, 1884.
Hundred, City or Township: Hd. of Beltana. No. of Section, Town Acre, or Allotment, and Registration Reference to Title. vol. cccx1x No. 109 Folio 1/2. Street or particular Locality. Fifth Street, South Terrace. Area or Measurement; 200 ft x 250 ft. Name of Occupier (if any) James Heneker. Name of Mortgagee (if any), and Amount of Mortgage. – -. Actual Value, Land and Improvements, on January 1, 1885.. £10. Value of Improvements. £10 Unimproved Value on January 1, 1885 £5 Amount of Tax, being 1/2d. in the pound on Unimproved value. 2 1/2.
(Wilfully furnishing false Return, or making false Declaration, punishable in like manner as wilful and corrupt perjury.)
Signed by James Henneker (in his own hand) do hereby declare that all the particulars and statements in the above Returns are in every respect justly and truly state to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief, and according to the requirement 1884, and of the Regulations made thereunder.
Dated this Seventeenth day of March 1885. at capacity Return is made “self” (Name in full) James Heneker, (Description)Labourer (Postal address) Beltana.
Sorry that this is difficult to see, if you would like me to send a photo from my phone (which can at least be enlarged a bit, I am happy to do so. It is an A3 form and I haven’t been able to work out how else to copy it for download.