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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 WAY WE WERE' LECTURES 2019

TRANSPORTATION is the theme of this yearís Thames Heritage Festival.

A series of lectures to be held at The Treasury, 705 Queen Street, Thames.
Cost: $5 per lecture or $15 to attend all four lectures.

SCHEDULE OF THE PUBLIC LECTURES TO BE HELD AT THE TREASURY

Transport on the gold fields.
Presented by Kae Lewis
On Tuesday 12 March at 11 am & Wednesday 13 March at 6.30 pm.

Getting to the gold field - the wharves of Thames and Tararu.
Presented by Dave Wilton
On Tuesday 12 March at 6.30 pm.

The Railways and Tramways of Thames
Presented by Dave Wilton
On Thursday 14 March at 11 am & Friday 15 March at 6.30 pm

A Brief History of Steam from the Greeks, through A&G Price, to Steampunk.
Presented by Evan Lewis
On Friday 15 March at 11 am & Thursday 14 March at 6.30 pm.


Also The Embassy Cinema in conjunction with The Treasury presents:

THAMES - THE WAY IT WAS.

Be transported back to the past at THE HERITAGE FILM FESTIVAL
On Wednesday 13th March 2019 at the Embassy Cinema, 708 Pollen Street, Thames.
Screenings 11.00am & 7.00pm
Tickets: $10.00, only available at the Cinema before each screening.
SCHEDULE FOR THE HERITAGE FILM FESTIVAL

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.

GET INVOLVED. GET INFORMATION

READ COOK'S JOURNALS ONLINE

JAMES COOK IN THE COROMANDEL by Roger Strong 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 TREASURY SALUTES OUR WOMEN OF THE GOLDFIELDS

With a display of historical photographs of prominent women.
From 8th November 2018 until February 2019.


Hunt's Claim, Kuranui Creek,
The Thames, 1868

Mrs Erenui Taipari (Lizzie Stewart) and Miss Goodman





Open Monday, Thursday to Saturday 11.00am to 3.00pm
THE TREASURY
705 Queen Street, Thames.

$5.00 entry.

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

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, 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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