10 Apr 1811 - first toll bars Sydney to Parramatta

#OnThisDay 10 April 1811 the first toll bars came into operation on the completed turnpike road from Sydney to Parramatta. One toll bar was at the George Street end in Haymarket and the other was at Boundary Road in Parramatta.

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Colonial Secretary's Papers entry for Tolls and Toll Gates
Screenshot showing entries for Tolls and Toll Gates

From the Colonial Secretary's Papers

Extract from Regulations and schedule of tariffs, 30 Mar 1811. Reel 6045 4-1733 p46

…It is therefore hereby ordered and declared, by His
Excellency the GOVERNOR and COMMANDER
in CHIEF, that from and after the Tenth Day of April
now next ensuing, the High Road between the Towns of
Sydney and Parramatta shall be, and the same is hereby
declared to be a TURNPIKE ROAD and all Persons
riding, leading or driving any Horse, Mares, Geldings,
Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Mules or Asses on the said Road
or using any Carriage, Gig, Chaise, Cart or Waggon on
the said Road, or through the Turnpike Gates now esta-
blished on the said Road, or either of them, shall pay to
he Gatekeeper thereof, or his Assistant, for the same
according to the following Rate

Transcript of Rate of tolls, 1811. Reel 6043 4-1726 p181

181

The Public road between Sydney

and Parramatta being recently completed; His Ex-

cellency the Governor has directed us to give no-

tice that two toll Bars will be Erected thereon

Viz, One at Sydney and the other at Parramatta and that the tolls arising therefrom, will be

let on Monday 24th Instant at Public Auct-

tion, by Mr Gaudry to the highest Bidder, for

one year from the first day of January next, on

his giving adequate Security for the Payment

Rate of Tolls

S

D

Horned cattle for sale each_________________________

2

Sheep and hogs per Score__________________________

10

Single horse_____________________________________

3

Single horse or Bullock and Cart_____________________

4

Two horses or Bullocks and Cart_____________________

6

Three Do“__or Do”___ and __Do”___________________

9

Four Do“__or Do”___ and __Do”____________________

10

Waggon with two Horses or Bullocks_________________

10

Do”________Three Do”____Do”____________________

1

Do”________Four Do”____Do”_____________________

1

2

A horse and Chaise_______________________________

1

3

A Curricle with two Horses_________________________

1

6

A four wheeled Carriage with 2 horses _______________

2

___Do”_______Do” ________4 Do”_________________

3

Grazing Stock from Sydney or Parramatta to
be rated at Certain Sum Annually, Viz, Hor-
ned Cattle Each 15/0 Sheep Goats or hogs per __?

 

 

15

 

 

 

Signed            D. Wentworth             S/J? Lord
Trustees V? Commissioners of the Roads