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Herring tithe – 1835

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 8th October, 1835

Blueback herring fish  Photo:  Duane Raver, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Blueback herring fish
Photo: Duane Raver, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Herrings – 1835
One of the most remarkable objections to the continuance of the tithe system was stated the other night in the House of Commons;

A clergyman, having obtained a post on the coast of Ireland, decided to take a tithe of the fish. His plan was short-lived. Not a single herring has ever since visited that part of the shore.

**a tithe was a tax of one tenth of annual produce or earnings. .