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THE TREASURY COLLECTIONS

Our collection relates to the early history of this region. We have family history books, jubilee books, area history books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, historical society magazines, newspapers, genealogical books, records, and certificates.

If you had early family in this region, please fill out a Pioneer Family Register Form for us and post it back. You can also scan the form once you have filled it in and email it back to The Treasury. (Please note that there are two pages here to print and fill out.)


RECORDS HELD IN THE READING ROOM

THE THAMES PRE-1930 BUSINESSES COLLECTION
Folders - where possible these contain the location, owners, articles, letterheads, advertisements, images.

THE THAMES HOTELS COLLECTION
Folders - where possible these contain location, licensees, articles, images.

THE THAMES HOSPITAL COLLECTION
Folders - history, articles, buildings, nurses, training, images.

THE THAMES SCHOOLS COLLECTION
Folders - closed & open schools, location, teachers, articles, images.

THE THAMES CHURCHES COLLECTION
Folders - history, location, ministers, articles, images.

THAMES AND HAURAKI HISTORY BOOKS
Books - about the different towns, histories, school magazines, jubilee books, centennial books, clubs, organisations, churches, hospitals, businesses, schools.

THE TOWNS OF HAURAKI COLLECTION
Folders - articles about the different towns, articles, reports, reminiscences, history, businesses, houses, churches, structures, maps, titles, events, images, sites, tangata whenua.

THE HAURAKI PIONEER FAMILY REGISTER COLLECTION
Folders - forms, where the settlers came from, which boat, when they arrived, locations they lived in, when they came to the Hauraki area, occupations & interests, B D M details, children’s details including spouse’s name.

THE HAURAKI BIRTH, Death & Marriage CERTIFICATES COLLECTION
Folders - certificates with a connection to local families, and may include certificates from overseas. Includes births, baptisms, marriages, intention to marry, deaths, burials.

THE HAURAKI MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION
Folders – articles written by historians and researchers such as Toss Hammond, Alistair Isdale, David Wilton, Anne Stewart Ball, Meghan Hawkes and more.

THE HAURAKI SCHOOL RECORDS COLLECTION
Folders & CD. Admissions. CD includes teachers’ names.

THE SCHOOLS OF HAURAKI COLLECTION
Folders - closed & open schools, location, teachers, articles, images.

THE HAURAKI MINES COLLECTION
Folders - names of every claim, mine, battery, company we have found mentioned anywhere - locations, images, articles, miners’ rights.

THE HAURAKI PEOPLE/FAMILY RECORDS COLLECTION
Folders - trees, stories, articles, images, filed alphabetically under surnames.

THE HAURAKI ‘PERSONAL NOTICES’ COLLECTION
Folders - from local newspapers, B D Ms, obits, anniversaries.

HAURAKI CEMETERY RECORDS
Folders –closed and open cemeteries, locations, images, burial details.

THE HAURAKI BOER WAR COLLECTION
Folders - lists of serving soldiers, teachers, articles, images, Boer War rifle collection.

THE HAURAKI WWI COLLECTION
Folders - Roll of Honour, list of serving soldiers & nurses, memorials, articles, images.

THE OBITUARY COLLECTION
Folders – anyone with a connection to Hauraki families. Contain brief details of a person’s life.

THE SERVICE SHEET COLLECTION
Folders - anyone with a connection to Hauraki families. May contain personal details, give names of other family members, and provide photos.

THE EULOGIES COLLECTION
Folders - anyone with a connection to Hauraki families, a great record of a person’s life. May contain previously unknown information, interests, achievements, funny stories, family traditions.

THE HEADSTONE PHOTOS COLLECTION
Folders - anyone with a connection to Hauraki families, photos, with extra details where possible.

THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS COLLECTION
Folders - images, details, names of wedding party.

THE ARTS COLLECTION
Books & Folders. Works by Hauraki people or about Hauraki items, includes books, poems, songs.

THE DAVID ARBURY COLLECTION
Books & Folders - an historian’s collection. In particular, Thames, Hauraki mining, mine reports, newspaper articles, photographs, Cornwall.

FAMILY HISTORY BOOKS
Books - family books written about families/people in the Hauraki area.

THE CAPTAIN COOK COLLECTION
Books - a great collection. History, voyages, diaries, maps, crew, images.

THE TANGATA WHENUA COLLECTION
Books - a great collection. History, tribes, culture, people, arts/crafts.

THE NEW ZEALAND COLLECTION
Books - a large collection containing the early history of NZ, various occupations, people from other areas, Cyclopedia of NZ, Dictionary of NZ Biography, maps, immigrants, shipping, place names & locations, Boer War, WW I & II etc. etc.

THE WORLD COLLECTION
Books - about other countries eg Australian Dictionary of Biography.

ORAL HISTORIES
CDs - local people, topics (eg hospital, A & G Prices, Thames Sawmilling Co/Managh family), early recordings (Toss Hammond).

FICHE
Fiche - NZ & Overseas.

CDs
CDs - local & overseas, census records, cemeteries, soldiers, shipping, Thames Hospital, Hauraki Schools & more.

NZ GOVERNMENT GAZETTES
Books - a large collection.

MAPS & PLANS
Hauraki areas, cemeteries, mining. The computer programme Quickmap is on one of the computers – shows old plans/titles.

NEWSPAPERS
On film & the original paper copy.

THE GENEAOLGY COLLECTION
Fiche and CDs including census records, BDM’s, overseas records.

SEARCHABLE COMPUTER DATA BASES
Two different searchable data bases, one on-line (www.thetreasury.org.nz ) the other on a Treasury computer.

Amongst our resources are some important collections:

THE DAVID ARBURY COLLECTION

David was a foundation Trustee of The Coromandel Heritage Trust. The history of the Thames area was his passion and in the last years of his life he made it his full-time work, as a researcher for families looking for their roots, speaking to groups, taking very interesting walking tours of historic Thames around the old areas, cemetery tours, panning for gold, and giving busloads of visitors a day tailor-made to fit their requirements. David entered into the spirit of these trips with great enthusiasm, dressing for the part. He especially loved working with children, to show them their heritage in a meaningful way. David's family have given his lifetime's meticulous research to The Coromandel Heritage Trust, to be housed in The Treasury.
Browse the Catalogue of The David Arbury Collection.


MERV CUNNINGHAM PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION

This collection of 150 photos of early Thames includes photos of the early Thames goldfield as well as several of the destruction caused by devastating floods in the early years. There are people, parade days, churches and the High School to name but a few.

ALISTAIR ISDALE MANUSCRIPTS



Alistair Isdale (1911 - 2001) was a well-known Thames historian for many years. He was the curator of the Mineralogical Museum at the Thames School of Mines. He contributed a column to the local paper, and wrote tirelessly on various aspects of the peninsula in the early years of its development. He was particularly interested in preserving the written history and artefacts of gold mining in the area. He provided many people with reports about their families, and published books as well as articles in historical journals. Many of his manuscripts are in our collection.
Browse the Catalogue of the Alistair Isdale Manuscripts.





THE HAMMOND COLLECTION






We have a small but growing collection of the documents of Mr T. W. (Toss) Hammond M.B.E. He was an important local historian whose interests included the early days of the goldfields and Maori history and culture of the pre-European days. He was born in Thames in 1869, at the beginning of the goldrush and died in 1967 at the age of 98 years.







THE ROBERT OXNER COLLECTION




We would like to acknowledge the very generous donation by Dr Robert Oxner of a magnificent collection of books about the life of Captain James Cook, his voyages, his crew, their finds. This includes wonderful watercolour paintings of botanical specimens, early maps, dairies, biographies. It would be hard to find a better collection. Cook arrived in Mercury Bay on 15 November 1769, and reached Kopu by the 20th, naming the river The Thames. This collection will be a great asset to all early New Zealand historical research.
Browse the Catalogue of the Robert Oxner Collection.







THE PIONEER FAMILY REGISTER







The Pioneer Family Register is a collection of forms filled in by people with early family in this region, under the umbrella of The Hauraki Thames Indexing Group. We have had an amazing response to this project, with forms arriving from all over New Zealand, and from overseas. Frequently people have sent in extra information, or provided a photoand these are filed separately. Some have sent in family history books as well.

The forms contain much interesting information about our early settlers - where they came from, the boat they came out on, their interests, their children's names, as well as the dates for these events where known. On the reverse side is the name of the person submitting this information - so a family researcher wanting more information has the address of someone to contact.
If you had early family in this region, please fill out a Pioneer Family Register Form for us and post it back. You can also scan the form once you have filled it in and email it back to The Treasury. (Please note that there are two pages here to print and fill out.) Forms are also available from The Treasury or by writing directly to the Coromandel Heritage Trust, PO Box 75, Thames 3540, New Zealand.







ORAL HISTORIES


We have an active Oral History Group who are collecting oral histories from people in the community with stories to tell. Recorded oral histories are an extremely valuable method for keeping history alive for future generations.

The Catalogue of Completed Oral Histories.

THE MARIE PAY NEWSPAPER INDEX

Marie Pay has indexed The New Zealand Observer And Free Lance, from 1880 - 1909, with reference to early Thames names and events. There are thousands of names on this index, along with the page reference and a brief comment on the topic. This has been further expanded to include names from all over the peninsula. Great snippets to pad out your family picture - gossip, what they wore to various functions, marriages, scandals and mining information.


THE COMMEMORATION BOOKS




Pages commemorating early family or businesses, people or businesses living currently in the region, clubs etc. The information has been submitted by a family member/donor, along with a photo. These pages also acknowledge the donor.
A $100 donation gives you a page. These will later be made into 'books' and prominently displayed in the foyer of The Treasury. Not only do they become an interesting information resource about you or your early family, but we can acknowledge our donors by putting their name at the bottom of their page.









THE THAMES MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION

This collection includes all the framed photographs formerly held by the Museum, some very large and very early, as well as all the larger mounted photos. A great record of early Thames and its families.







THE HAURAKI HERALD COLLECTION

Bound volumes of the early Thames Stars as well as photographs and negatives taken for a lot of the Hauraki Herald articles, and scrapbooks with photos.



THE A & G PRICE COLLECTION

This collection includes wages ledgers and correspondence ledgers amongst other things.









ST GEORGE'S CHURCH COLLECTION

This collection is a great record of the church and contains some records going back to 1868. Included are invoices, correspondence, cheque butts, deposit slips etc. It also includes architects plans, maintenance and conservation reports, minutes of the vestry and various other groups within the church, newsletters and AGM reports.









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