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A place to discuss genealogy and history-related resources for Thames, New Zealand. A place for Thamesites, to visit and remember The Thames of old, the golden town that many of our ancestors called home.

The GOLDRUSH ONLINE website includes a searchable database of over 30,000 early goldminers of Thames active between the years 1867 and 1872. New data being added will give the name of the claim each goldminer worked on. The history and location of most of these early claims is documented in the new book GOLDRUSH TO THE THAMES 1867 - 1869 by Kae Lewis.

Coromandel War Memorials on NZ History Online.

Thames World War I War Memorial.

Check this blog for details of the Te Aroha Soldier Memorial for World War I, and much more about the history of Te Aroha.

Killed in Action

A Blog about NZ History, including the Coromandel Peninsula

Stories from the cemeteries of the Thames Hauraki Coromandel regions.

A searchable database of the Cemeteries of Thames Coromandel published by the Thames Coromandel District Council.
Enter the cemetery name on the left hand side, then in the box on the right hand side click on "Deceased Person's Name Search."

This library holds a good collection of local history books and records.


The History of St George's Anglican Church in Thames, established 1868.

An index of names in the 'Seat Letting Cash Book' from St James Presbyterian Church, Pollen Street, Thames (1872 - 1894). Indexed by Jill Kemp.

Exploring the historic and natural heritage literature of the entire Ohinemuri District. This comprehensive website includes the pages of the Ohinemuri Regional Historical Journal.

Historic Coromandel. Events, Activities and History.

Story: Hauraki-Coromandel Region

An index to the birth, death amd marriage records of the New Zealand Register General's Office. For births at least 100 years ago, marriages at least 80 years ago and deaths at least 50 years ago.

Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals published online by the National Library of New Zealand. This searchable index includes:
Thames Star or Thames Evening Star (1874 - 1920)
Thames Advertiser (1874 - 1899)
The Ohinemuri Gazette (1891 - 1921)
Te Aroha News (1883 - 1889)
Auckland Star (1870 - 1945)

Explore the databases in the Auckland City Library online Digital Library as well as their large collection of books, documents, journals, maps and photographs, many covering the Thames Coromandel District. This includes photos of WWI soldiers from the archives of the Auckland Weekly News.
Albert Gordon R.F.C.

An early New Zealand Census (1642 - 1839, 1840 - 1845) extracted from 'Brett's Historical Series: Early History of New Zealand, From Earliest Times to 1840' by R.A.A. Sherrin. From 1840 - 1845: by J.H. Wallace. MDCCXC.

New Zealandís national documentary heritage collections, including both published and unpublished items, are held in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Search over half a million images held by the National Library of New Zealand.
Kopu Bridge 1928

The website of Archives New Zealand which has a searchable database of many of their more important records, including probates from all over New Zealand as well as NZ soldiers' military records up to and including WWI.

A site for you to explore New Zealand museums, art galleries, cultural organisations and their collections.

Looking for a list of free world-wide genealogy sites to search? Here are 50 no-cost family history resources where you will find birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, cemetery listings, newspaper articles, biographies, research tips and so much more.

Check the COROMANDEL THAMES Section of Pearl's Pad for Genealogical databases. Also shipping records.
Links to websites for New Zealand Genealogy, including ship passenger lists.

Including information about the early Thames Photoghaphers: THE FOY BROTHERS of Pollen Street, Thames.

This database allows the user to access primary and secondary source data relating to arrivals from the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and Australia to Wellington (Wellington only and Wellington as first port of call) between 1839-1897.

This FamilySearch Database (LDS Church) includes New Zealand Passenger Lists 1871 - 1915. They are still being worked on so check back from time to time for new data.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Digital 1:50000 and 1:250000 topographical maps of all New Zealand available to download for free.

A guided tour of a working stamper battery and goldmine complex on the site of the old Caledonian claim in Thames. Information also about the Hauraki Prospector's Association.

The Museum has displays on early European settlement, kauri logging, the gold rush when Thames became New Zealand's fourth largest town and the Thames Foundries famous for the development of the NZ timber jack and steam locomotives.

The School of Mines was opened in 1886 to provide practical training for gold miners in Thames. Later it broadened its curriculum to include other subjects. The museum houses a significant mineral collection.

A village museum housed in the School of Mines building. The collection covers early goldmining, kauri logging, photographs and general local history. A popular attraction is the old Coromandel jailhouse.

The Thames Museum of Technology: This building was erected to house the 'Big Pump" which served all the mines at the Northern end of the Thames' flats. The pump was built in 1898 on massive concrete foundations. The Museum has a working model and display of photographs.

Use this website to plan your heritage and sightseeing trips to THE COROMANDEL DISTRICT.

Browse the issues of COROMANDEL LIFE online.
Celebrating the people and places of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Gold was first discovered in Waihi in 1878 and by 1905 Waihi not only possessed the most productive gold mine in New Zealand, but was the largest gold mining town in the country and the third largest inland town in New Zealand.

Located in Whitianga, this museum features Kupe Maori artifacts, early settlers records and a photographic collection.