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The Thames-Hauraki-Coromandel
Research Centre & 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 Thames, Coromandel and 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, & 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 LATEST EDITIONS FROM THE TREASURY BOOKSHOP

TRUE TALES OF THE COROMANDEL'S WESTERN SEABOARD

Thames Coast and Northern Coromandel


Revised 2020
Edited by Geraldine Dunwoodie







Some of the stories in this collection are about life on the Western Seaboard in the early days of the colony, as well as some recounting memories of living in this area today. Importantly there are also stories by some of the more recent settlers, many of them artists and craftspeople, and showcasing some of their work. This region is known for its artists, and it's interesting to read their stories about what attracted them to live here.
The Table of Contents shows stories about History, Memories, Organisations, Work, Holidays and Interesting People.


The book has been totally revised, has new content and more colour pages.

The new cost is $45.

NOW IN STOCK

GWENYTH WRIGHT

receives a Q.S.M. for her services to
women and the community.


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In her oral history recently recorded at The Treasury, Gwenyth relates how she helped set up The Womenís Loan Fund, a savings and loan fund for women having difficulty accessing loans from banks, despite having the ability and commitment to repay a loan. She also published Women at the Top, a handbook for women who want to be appointed or elected to boards and trusts. Later in her career, Gwenyth and her partner Colin Broadley, built their own cob cottage and organic farm in the Waiotahi Valley. They also set up workshops on how to build mud houses and run an organic farming venture.
For more information, see Stuff Jun 12, 2020

Cost is $10 each CD or $15 for the two

ALL THESE PUBLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE TREASURY
OR AT OUR ONLINE BOOKSHOP

THE TRUE TALES SERIES OF BOOKS

Published by the Coromandel Heritage Trust

In stock now at The Treasury and our online bookshop.







So far The Treasury has published and is selling:

True Tales of Thames.

True Tales of The Coromandelís Eastern Seaboard.

True Tales of Waikino & Waitekauri.

True Tales of the Thames Hospital.

True Tales of The Coromandelís Western Seaboard Thames Coast & Northern Coromandel.

More True Tales of Thames is at the printer. True Tales East of the Waihou Ė Matatoki to Hikutaia is ready to go to the printer.

We cover the following areas:
The Coromandelís Eastern Seaboard, Waikino and Waitekauri, Thames, The Coromandelís Western Seaboard Ė Thames Coast and Northern Coromandel, East of the Waihou Ė Matatoki to Hikutaia, Paeroa Ward and The Hauraki Plains. As we get enough stories in for any of these areas, we will concentrate on it being the next to go to the printer.

Anyone with enquiries or stories for any of these books please get in touch with The Treasury Publications Team.





WANTED: YOUR SHORT STORIES AND TRUE TALES

The Tales can be about anything to do with the area in the title. They can be a memory, about an event, about a colourful identity in the town, about early family in the area, about a club or organisation, about you. Contact The Treasury Publications Team.

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

Visit the True Tales Publications website to see True Tales published in other areas.

ALWAYS TRY THE TREASURY INDEX

IF YOU ARE RESEARCHING THAMES-COROMANDEL-HAURAKI PEOPLE OR PLACES

Even when we are closed, THE TREASURY INDEX is online and always available to research our local people and places.

You can email The Treasury for remote research requests or visit in person to consult with The Treasury staff. Further information about the costs of The Treasury Research Service can be found on the RESEARCH webpage

TWO LOCAL IDENTITIES FEATURE IN THE LATEST EDITION OF THE ONLINE TREASURY JOURNAL

To access The Treasury Journal, click on the JOURNAL button above.

SAMUEL COCHRANE (1815 - 1879)

'No man in this community has done more to encourage the opening of the Coromandel than Mr. S. Cochrane, and without any assay to guide him he has spent a large sum of money in sustaining its weak beginnings'. (Daily Southern Cross, 6 August 1862)

One old family story claims that he was known as 'Banker Cochrane' from his days on the Thames Goldfields where lending money to prospectors was common and often illegal. It was even said that he bankrolled Major Gustavus Von Tempsky and his Forest Rangers during the New Zealand Land Wars.

See AN ACTIVE AND USEFUL MAN: A Tribute to Auckland Auctioneer and Goldfields Developer, Samuel Cochrane by Wanda Hopkins.

HAROLD SPARKE (1889 - 1973)



Harold Sparke was a particularly interesting personality who linked both the past and present of the Maratoto goldfield, near Paeroa. He lived for nearly forty years in the Maratoto and was an experienced miner, processing the silver and gold ore he took from his claim near McBrinn's Creek. Right up to the 1970s, he was still living in one of the original miner's huts, not far from the remains of the mining plant. The interior of his hut was a perfect replica of the past, with a gold-washing pan leaning against the cupboard in which he kept his stores, and a camp oven beside the rough fireplace.

See HAROLD SPARKE, THE OLD SILVER AND GOLD MINER OF MARATOTO by Kae Lewis.

The Treasury Journal, Volume 13, 2020.

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 we are grateful for entry and research fees, membership subscriptions and donations to help us cover these costs.

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 or scan the form once you have filled it in and email it back to The Treasury. A special Trust quarterly newsletter called Footprints will then keep you abreast of all the new developments and the many ways in which you could help.
Part-year subscriptions are available if you are joining part-way through the year.

THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF THE TREASURY

12 September 2009

THE TREASURY PROJECT - MY JOURNEY

An article by Geraldine Dunwoodie Q.S.M. in The Treasury Journal. In March 2014, The Coromandel Heritage Trust officially opened its state-of-the-art $1.1 million archive in Thames Ė part of The Treasury complex, a History and Family Research Centre for the Coromandel Hauraki region. This was the culmination of fourteen years of planning and fundraising by an extremely focussed group, firstly as a steering committee, then as a Trust. Itís been an ambitious undertaking for a small rural town, but with the region having such an early and interesting history, the Trust saw it as necessary, and of value to future generations. New Zealand is a young country and has a chance to keep its history safe for future generations - if we start now.

The front facade of the Carnegie Library.
Photo taken in October 2008 during the restoration project.

THE RESTORATION OF THE OLD CARNEGIE LIBRARY AT THAMES

An article by Anne Stewart Ball and Kae Lewis in The Treasury Journal describes the restoration process in 2008-9 which led to the transformation of the old Carnegie Library into part of The Treasury as we know it today.
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, 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


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

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