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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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The 150th Anniversary of the Opening of

THE THAMES HOSPITAL

2 - 4th November 2018


The Thames Hospital (originally known as The Diggers' Hospital) 1873
Officially opened 2 November 1868.

On the pages of The Treasury Website are the following articles about the history of the Thames Hospital and its staff over the last 150 years.

DR GEORGE LAPRAIK M.B., Mast.Surg. Twenty Years' Service to Thames.
THAMES HOSPITAL MATRONS
HONOURING THE NURSES Local Nurses Who Served Overseas in World War I.
HONOURING THE DOCTORS Local Doctors Who Served Overseas in World War I.
THE 1918 FLU EPIDEMIC IN THAMES
In addition there are many oral history recordings made by local hospital staff: a few examples are:
Campbell, Douglas, OH/27, Thames Hospital History, mostly from 1940s, 2008
Cosgrove, June, OH/39, Thames Hospital 1945 – 1988, 2010
Crabb, Sheena, OH/58, Memories of Thames Hospital, 2012
Cullingford, Beverley, OH/58, Memories of Thames Hospital, 2012
Dovell, Margaret (Sunny), Tp/12, Memories of a Thames Hospital Nurse from 1940
Goonan, Corrie, OH/58, Memories of Thames Hospital, 2012
Harison, Christopher, Tp/9, First Obstetrician Thames Hospital
Morritt, Margaret, OH/58, Memories of Thames Hospital, 2012
Quinn, Joan, OH/58, Memories of Thames Hospital, 2012
Saunders, Caroline, OH/58, Memories of Thames Hospital, 2012
Smith, Kay, OH/58, Memories of Thames Hospital, 2012
Thames Hospital Nurses, OH/58, Memories of Thames Hospital, 2012
Voykovich, Mary, OH/59, Diabetes Educator, Thames Hospital, 2012
Wall, Elisabeth, OH/58, Memories of Thames Hospital, 2012


SEARCH OUR ONLINE CATALOGUE OF ORAL HISTORY RECORDINGS, CDs available to purchase at The Treasury and online.

CAPTAIN JAMES COOK: BOOKS HELD IN THE TREASURY COLLECTION


In November 2019, we will be celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook's visits to Mercury Bay and the Firth of Thames in 1769.

Thanks to the generous donations of the late Dr Robert Oxner, there is an amazing collection of books about the life and works of Captain James Cook and his crew held at The Treasury in Thames.

Click here for the complete catalogue of the Robert Oxner Collection of works about Captain James Cook held in The Treasury Collection.

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READ COOK'S JOURNALS ONLINE

JAMES COOK IN THE COROMANDEL by Roger Strong in The Treasury Journal.

BURKE STREET HARBOUR PROJECT

Thames.


Did you know that the Thames Borough Council once undertook to build a deep water harbour at the end of Burke Street?

Ultimately this doomed project helped to take the Thames Council from a national economic powerhouse to bankruptcy in just a few decades. Recently, Thames Archeologist, Dave Wilton has carried out extensive research of the remains of the Harbour Project which can still be seen at low tide, and especially spring or king low tides. His reports, featuring some magnificent photographs of the remains, are now available to read in The Treasury Journal.

Part I (Volume 9 2016)
Part II (Volume 10 2017)
Part III (Volume 11 2018)

FROM THAMES TO THE TRENCHES

Lieutenant Albert Gordon RFC

Local Historian, Roger Strong has researched the life of the Thames WWI flying ace, Albert Gordon RFC. Roger's article appears in the latest issue of the MEMORIES magazine.


NEW ZEALAND MEMORIES MAGAZINE Feb 2018.



Second Lieutenant Albert Gordon's name appears on the Thames War Memorial and further information is available on the Thames War Memorial Webpage. He was the son of Frederick and Margaret Gordon of 88 Pollen Street Thames, and died of wounds just over 100 years ago, on 22 August 1917.




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.

This book includes a great variety of stories about life in Thames over the past 150 years, it’s 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 John’s Church, the Digger’s 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


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.

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

Both these publications are available for sale at The Treasury or at our Online Shop

SEARCH THE TREASURY WEBSITE:

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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 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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