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The Hauraki-Coromandel
Research Center & Archive

Situated on the Firth of Thames in the historic gold mining town of Thames, The Treasury is an archive and family research centre. It showcases the rich and diverse social and cultural history of the Hauraki region by collecting the records of our places and our people.

Visit us to find out about local families, local businesses and organisations, tangata whenua, and Captain Cook. Look through our collection of certificates, school and cemetery records, pioneer families, images, fiche, CDs, newspaper films, maps, people and places records, family histories, war records, mining and milling information, local history books...and more.

The Coromandel Heritage Trust


Open: 11.00am - 3.00pm

Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturdays

Except public holidays

There is a charge to use the research facilities




Contact: Email The Treasury

Research: Email The Research Officer

PO Box 75, Thames 3540




07 868 8827

705 Queen Street - Thames

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150th ANNIVERSARY OF THAMES GOLDFIELDS

THE TREASURY WALK - TALK

Kuranui, Eureka, Moanataiari Mining Settlements, Thames.

Sunday 22nd October 2017 9am

Meet at The Treasury, Queen St, Thames.
Guides: Dick Wilkins (a Ross descendant) and Dave Wilton (a Thames archeologist).

There will be a one hour presentation at The Treasury followed by a field trip to the Ross residence at Eureka. The walk is uphill, fairly steep in places and about one hour each way. Your own transport to and from the start of the track is required. Bring good walking shoes, hat/sunscreen, parka, food and drink. Cost $5 per head.


For background information, see Dick Wilkin's two new articles about his ancestor Richard Ross in The Treasury Journal.





A FESTIVAL OF YESTERYEARS

THE FULL PROGRAM

THE TREASURY PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

"Growing with Gold"



A photographic display of Thames from the earliest gold mining days ....This will be open for public viewing on the days The Treasury is open - Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11.00am until 3.00pm, beginning on the 1st August 2017 and running through the summer.



Venue: The Meeting Room, The Treasury, Queen Street, Thames

Price: Gold coin donation.




The Coromandel Heritage Trust is please to announce the release of two new books for the 150th Anniversary of the Thames Goldfield.

This book includes a great variety of stories about life in Thames over the past 150 years, itís people, its places, its organisations and businesses, interspersed with poems (some early) about the town and its inhabitants. The topics range from pioneer families Lawlor, Miller, Amodeo, Hooper, Mutton to name a few; businesses such as Brokenshires, McDonnells, Judds, The Golden Dragon and A & G Prices; sites such as the racecourse, St Johnís Church, the Diggerís Hospital; as well as reminiscences of more recent life in Thames. The book has 289 pages.



TRUE TALES OF THAMES TOLD IN THE TREASURY'S NEW BOOK
Waikato Times: 26 July 2017

This book tells the story of the Thames Goldfields when thousands of miners were digging for gold high in the ranges behind the Thames township, beginning 150 years ago in 1867. The book documents almost all the important claims on the Thames and Tapu Goldfields, describing the individual workings on each claim and the methods they used to find and retrieve the gold. In conjunction with the website GOLDRUSH ONLINE, it goes a long way towards answering the questions: Who were the diggers? Where was their claim? How did they find the gold? Did they find any?

Cost is $85 per edition plus postage (700 pages). A new abridged edition (300 pages) is now available at a cost of $50 plus postage.


We now have copies of both these first editions available to buy at The Treasury
or online at our Shop

There are gold-related articles to be found in The Treasury Journal

RICHARD ROSS - THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL GOLDMINERS. PART I by Richard Wilkins.
RICHARD ROSS - THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL GOLDMINERS. PART II by Richard Wilkins.
Part I: A PHOTOGRAPHER VISITS THE WAIHI GOLD MINING COMPANY in 1897 - 1898. by Kae Lewis and Eric Lens.
THE BIG PUMP SITE by David Wilton
BATTERY SITES ON THE LUCKY HIT CREEK by David Wilton.
THOMAS HAMMOND by Toss Hammond (January 1964).
A BOY ON THE THAMES GOLDFIELDS From the memories of Mr W. G. (Toss) Hammond.
MALCOLM FLEMING: MINING ENGINEER by Christine Clement.
THE UNA GOLD MINING AND QUARTZ CRUSHING COMPANY by David Wilton.
JOHN GIBBONS - GOLDFIELD'S ENGINEER AND ENTREPRENEUR by David Wilton.
THE HOTELS OF THAMES by Althea Barker.
JOHN MOORE WILTON Miner of Cornwall and Thames by Tony and David Wilton.
TIN AND COPPER MINING IN CORNWALL by David Wilton.
THE OLD GOLDMINERS' CEMETERY Thames. (1867 - 1870) by Kae Lewis.
THE TRUE STORY OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE SHOTOVER MINE AT THAMES IN 1867 by George Clarkson.
GEORGE CLARKSON by Judith Moor.
PUNGA FLAT: A Goldminers' Settlement by David Wilton.
RAILEY'S BATTERY:Waitawheta Gorge. by David Wilton.

Richard Ross (standing) and
Richard Grattan about 1869.
R. Ross was issued Miner's
Right #132 at Thames on 3rd September 1867, one month
after the opening of the Gold-
field. They were both share-
holders in the Eureka Claim.

The Coromandel Heritage Trust has been collecting stories from the entire region before they are lost. These are the stories that have been passed down to us and reflect the oral history of the families and communities of the Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki Region.

FIRST EDITION NOW AVAILABLE


Stories covering everything from memories of living in the area, the floods, the shooting at Waikino School, to accounts of working in the Victoria Battery. Some wonderful old photos. Many of the stories have been collected by Bev and Homer Stubbs over the past 55 years with some authors no longer alive. There are 100 stories as well as some short anecdotes. The area covered is predominantly Waikino and Waitekauri, but also includes Owharoa and Golden Cross.

A REPRINTNG OF THIS POPULAR BOOK NOW AVAILABLE

Tales from the Coromandel's Eastern Seaboard include one about a special fishing lure, shipwreck stories, memories of road surveying, surfing on the coast and even Slipper Island.The area covered stretches from Whiritoa in the South, to Matarangi in the North. The True Tales is a gathering of very special tales of the coast and the communities of Whangamata, Opoutere, Pauanui, Tairua, Te Karo, Hahei, Whitianga and up to Kennedyís Bay.

Cost is $35 per edition plus postage.
All proceeds go to the cost of printing and the on-going running expenses of The Treasury.

We now have copies of two new editions available to buy at The Treasury
or online at our Shop

SEARCH THE TREASURY WEBSITE:

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THE TREASURY INDEX AND RESEARCH SERVICE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE

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ALSO TREASURY PUBLICATIONS ARE FOR SALE AND AVAILABLE TO ORDER ONLINE

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JOIN THE COROMANDEL HERITAGE TRUST

We encourage everyone, near and far, to join as a member of the Trust and to be a part of this great effort to preserve our heritage. Our running costs are ongoing and, since we do not receive any regular funding, we are dependant on entry fees, subscriptions and donations to cover them. To become a member, download an application form, fill it out and send it together with your subscription to The Coromandel Heritage Trust, PO Box 75, Thames 3540, New Zealand. A special Trust newsletter called Footprints will then keep you abreast of all the new developments and the many ways in which you could help.

THE CENTENNIAL OF THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE

The month of October 1917 was a truely horrifying and tragic month for Thames soldiers at Ypres, Belgium and a cloud of grief hung over the entire township and district of Thames as their families and friends received the unrelentingly terrible news in the months ahead. The attack on Bellevue Spur was a dismal failure, called the "worst fiasco in New Zealand military history". On the 12th October 1917, 843 New Zealanders were killed in the muds of Passchendaele within a few short hours. Between the 4th October and 12th October 1917, the following 17 Thames men were Killed In Action in the Battle of Passchendaele:

Edwin George ELLIS (K.I.A. 4 October 1917)
Ernest JAMIESON (K.I.A. 4 October 1917)
Alfred SHERLOCK (K.I.A. 4 October 1917)
Harry THAYER (K.I.A. 4 October 1917)
Errol BRENAN (K.I.A. 4 October 1917)
Ernest GOODWIN (K.I.A. 4 October 1917)
Samuel OWENS (K.I.A. 4 October 1917)
Frank POLAND (K.I.A. 4 October 1917)
Victor SCOTT (K.I.A. 4 October 1917)
Charles AUTRIDGE (K.I.A. 12 October 1917)
Albert GRAHAM (K.I.A. 12 October 1917)
Thomas GURNETT (K.I.A. 12 October 1917)
Sydney JORDAN (K.I.A. 12 October 1917)
William PATTON (K.I.A. 12 October 1917)
William HANNA (K.I.A. 12 October 1917)
William PEARCE (K.I.A. 12 October 1917)
William WHITE (K.I.A. 12 October 1917)

LEST WE FORGET

Unfortunately the killing did not stop with this, continuing for another year before Armistice was finally declared.

For more information on these and all Thames WWI soldiers, see the online Thames War Memorial website and the Treasury Publication: "From Gold Mine To Firing Line", available for sale at our Online Shop

The National Commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele is being held at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington and will be live on the W100 website on Thursday 12 October 2017 at 3.00PM.

A PUBLICATION FROM THE TREASURY NOW FOR SALE

FROM GOLD MINE TO FIRING LINE
'THE THAMES' AND THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918.

Althea Barker, Meghan Hawkes, Kae Lewis, David Wilton, Russell Skeet, Roger Strong & Tracey Spence, all members of the Coromandel Heritage Trust (The Treasury) have written a book to commemorate the people from the Thames region who went to war, the families they left behind, and in particular the service men who did not return. This magnificent book is a great tribute to the people of the Thames region. Over 300 pages long and with many photographs, it is an excellent read.

The Treasury Publication: "From Gold Mine To Firing Line", available for sale at our Online Shop


GALLIPOLI; IN THEIR OWN WORDS. by Eber Johnston, Arthur Phillips, Tom Gemming, Walter Greenslade and Harry Keesing.


Eber Johnston

Thomas Gemming

Walter Greenslade

Huke Royal

Herbert Ayling

Leslie Darrow

William Flower

Jack Gemming

WWI MEMORIAL FOREST PROJECT

Thames Coromandel District Council are planting a Memorial Forest in groves around the Coromandel to commemorate the New Zealand soldiers who were killed in the Great War 100 years ago.
WWI MEMORIAL FOREST WEBSITE

Commemoration ceremonies for the Gallipoli Campaign in 2015 to the Armistice celebrations in 2018 will continue for the next four years.



In conjunction with the New Zealand-wide WW100 project, The Treasury is making a special effort to collect records and stories of Thames, Coromandel and Hauraki WWI soldiers, doctors and nurses. If you can help us with any photos, written records and stories, letters home, telegrams, diaries, certificates, plaques, or mementoes of any of our World War I heroes, we would be delighted to hear from you.



The World War I Experience in Thames/Coromandel/Hauraki

THE HISTORY OF THE CARNEGIE FREE LIBRARY IN THAMES

The original foundation stone for The Carnegie Free Library was laid in 1905 by James McGowan, the Minister of Mines and Justice. Andrew Carnegie was a United States steel magnate and philanthropist who contributed £2000 to build a library for the people of Thames. The contractor, J Fyfe and Sons built the Library for £1964. It was one of only three remaining Carnegie Libraries in New Zealand when it last closed its doors in 1990.

Click to enlarge the photo.
The Honorable J. McGowan (Minister for Mines) laying the foundations stone for
the new Carnegie Free Public Library at a ceremony on 6th April 1905.


Opening Ceremony for the Carnegie Free Library:
The Mayor (Mr A. Burns) addressing the assemblage, Nov 2, 1905.
From the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-1905-11-5.
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