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The 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 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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BOOK LAUNCH Saturday 29 June 2019

TRUE TALES OF THE COROMANDEL'S WESTERN SEABOARD

Thames Coast and Northern Coromandel

Book Launch
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COOK LANDMARKS AT 'THE THAMES', NOVEMBER 1769
by Dave Wilton


The Endeavour at Te Puru

In November 2019, we will be commemorating the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook's visits to Mercury Bay and the Firth of Thames in 1769.
A new article by Dave Wilton in The Treasury Journal examines the travels and landmarks of James Cook's ship HMS Endeavour in the Firth of Thames - Waihou River area during November 1769. There are three main sites of interest related to Cook's visit to the Firth of Thames area: the Endeavour's anchorage in the Firth, the pa site visited when Cook and a small party voyaged by two ship's boats up the Waihou, and the place where they went ashore to measure a large kahikatea, which was probably also the limit of their journey up the river.

CAPTAIN JAMES COOK: BOOKS HELD IN THE TREASURY COLLECTION


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.

GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS

A Mine Tour, Tairua, Whangamata, on the Coromandel Eastern Seaboard.

by Anne Stewart Ball

By 1899 a local syndicate headed by Henry Hopper Adams purchased the Tairua Broken Hills goldmining company from the London based company who had purchased the mine originally in 1895.

The following four years were busy activity for all the mines at Tairua and Whangamata. Roading on the Coromandel's Eastern seaboard was non-existent across the range at the turn of the century. There were tracks across from Puriri and Hikuai but these were trails used for mail and mining supplies that could be carried by horses.




Read the entire article on the

PART OF THE PAST NZ HISTORY BLOG

A Blog about New Zealand History and Culture, including the Coromandel History.


THE TAPU GOLDFIELD 1867 -1868

On the Coromandel Western Seaboard

by Kae Lewis

The township of Hastings is still in embryo; six public houses, six sharebrokers' offices, one butcher, one baker and one or two stores form the foundation-stones of its future greatness. There are about 2,000 diggers scattered over this part of the country, and every gully, every spur for ten miles round, is taken up. The mountains are very high and run close to the sea. From a distance, the numerous drives made into nearly perpendicular cliffs have the appearance of pigeon-holes, or look not unlike the batteries of Gibraltar. (The New Zealand Herald 12 September 1868.)



The entire article, in 4 parts, can been read in the GOLDRUSH JOURNAL on the website

GOLDRUSH ONLINE

Part I: The First Few Months.
Part II: North of Tapu Creek.
Part III: The Middle Tapu Creek.
Part IV: South of Tapu Creek.

THE A & G PRICE LTD FOUNDRY

Thames.

by Evan Lewis






A & G PRICE LTD FOUNDRY- THE HISTORY.

This two part article details the history of the A & G Price Ltd Foundry from the setting up of the foundry by the Price Brothers in Onehunga in 1867, their move to Grahamstown, Thames in 1871 and follows their diversification from the manufacture of gold mining equipment and stationary steam engines into other heavy machinery, such as locomotives, timber jacks, marine steam engines and ship propellers, right through to the modernization using computer-controlled milling machines.

A & G PRICE LTD FOUNDRY- THEN AND NOW.

This article describes the manufacturing methods that are typically used in a foundry, with comparisons of the methods used during the New Zealand gold rushes 150 years ago and now. Contrasting the technology of 'then and now' emphasizes the fact that the fields of metallurgy and engineering were really in their infancy during the early years of the gold rush in New Zealand.

A & G PRICE: FOUNDRY: The History Part I.

A & G PRICE: FOUNDRY:The History Part II.

A & G PRICE LTD FOUNDRY: THEN AND NOW.

EUREKA GOLD MINING SETTLEMENT

Kuranui Valley, Thames

by Dave Wilton

This article describes the search for, and recording, of a gold mining settlement in the foothills approx one km east of Thames. The settlement had a population of about 100 people during the period 1868 - 1969, and was named after a mining claim of the same name, Eureka.

EUREKA GOLD MINING SETTLEMENT, Kuranui, Thames



RICHARD ROSS - THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL GOLDMINERS.

by Richard Wilkins

The life of Richard John Ross is notable for three reasons. He was in the first contingent that arrived on the Thames Goldfield in August 1867, he actively mined until 1927 at the age of 81, and he lived on a residence site on Eureka Hill close to his first claim from 1868 to his death in 1935.

RICHARD ROSS - THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL GOLDMINERS. PART I

RICHARD ROSS - THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL GOLDMINERS. PART II

All of these articles are now available to read in The Treasury Journal.

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 150th Anniversary of the Opening of

THE THAMES HOSPITAL

2 - 4th November 2018

TRUE TALES OF THAMES HOSPITAL

150 years 1868 - 2018.




Published by The Thames Hospital 150 Group in collaboration with The Coromandel Heritage Trust.
A4 size, 307 pages, with many historical photos.

A collection of true tales covering the history of the hospital alongside memories from staff, families and members of the community. A special book to commemorate a special hospital that has stood on the Thames Goldfields for 150 years, 1868 - 2018.

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.

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 Ė 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 CATALOGUE OF ORAL HISTORY RECORDINGS

The book, TRUE TALES OF THAMES HOSPITAL and the ORAL HISTORY CDs are available to purchase at The Treasury and at our online SHOP

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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