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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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NZ HERITAGE RESCUE TV PROGRAM ABOUT THAMES MUSEUM

The Thames Museum episode of this acclaimed series will air on SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER at 7.30PM on CHOICE TV. During the following week you should be able to view the episode online at
CHOICE ON DEMAND. Other episodes still to run are:

  • Mokau - 14th August
  • Tauwhare - 21st August
  • Rangitoto – 28th August
  • Christchurch – 4th September
  • Thames – 11th September
  • Kawhia – 18th September
  • Recap Episode – 25th September

This series highlights Brigid Gallagher, a former TIME TEAM archeologist, as she visits small town museums around New Zealand, overseeing the makeovers and rejuvenation programs they need. We are priviledged that the Thames Museum was included in the list of sites that the Heritage Rescue team chose to visit.

See MUSEUM MAKEOVER SHOW A SURPRISE GEM Hauraki Herald Wednesday 10 August 2016

TRUE TALES OF THE COROMANDEL'S EASTERN SEABOARD

Our new book: True Tales of The Coromandel’s Eastern Seaboard has now been published. This book is the first of several in a heritage project organized by The Coromandel Heritage Trust (TCHT): collecting the stories that might otherwise be lost. These wonderful stories that have been passed down to us reflect the oral history of the families and communities of the Coromandel Peninsula.

The area covered by True Tales of The Coromandel’s Eastern Seaboard stretches from Whiritoa in the South, to Matarangi in the North. Collected since Labour Weekend 2014, it 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 Kennedy’s Bay.

Sixty-four tales have been contributed to True Tales of The Coromandel’s Eastern Seaboard by a number of people. Stories shared include one about a special fishing lure found, shipwreck stories, growing up in Tairua, Hahei and Whangamata, camping at Pauanui before settlement, road surveying, diving off the coast, memories of building the bach, surfing the coast and even Slipper Island. These tales are not about or by the rich or famous but about the stories of many of us who have experienced the Eastern Seaboard Coromandel Peninsula by living here.

Copies are available from The Treasury and selected bookshops in the Coromandel: cost $35 plus postage. All proceeds go to the cost of printing and the on-going running expenses of The Treasury.

HAURAKI HERALD FRIDAY DECEMBER 18th 2015

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.

A BRAND NEW 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.
A limited number of the first edition are now for sale at $50 a copy from The Treasury bookshop and can be ordered online. Email The Coromandel Heritage Trust or post to: The Treasury Publications, The Coromandel Heritage Trust, PO Box 75, Thames 3540, New Zealand. You will be advised of the total cost and how to make payment. Postage and packaging is additional.


Also read many articles in THE TREASURY JOURNAL and
OUR PEOPLE about the Thames experience in WWI including:

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

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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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