Bond Store History

The Bond Store was where goods transported by horse-drawn wagons from Busselton’s famous jetty were warehoused. It was also built in 1860 by David Earnshaw and was used by Customs and Excise to store dutiable goods brought from ships moored at the Busselton Jetty on a tramline by push-pull carts (Kalamazoo). A Customs Officer, also known as a Tide Waiter, supervised the landing and storage of goods in the Bond Store until the appropriate tax or excise duty was paid. These goods included tobacco, wine, spirits, dried fruit, potatoes, rice, canvas, mineral oils and salt.