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The Coromandel Heritage Trust was formed in 2003 to establish THE TREASURY, a purpose-built archive and family history centre in Thames, New Zealand. The Treasury preserves and promotes the history and stories of the people in the Thames, Coromandel & Hauraki region - a region which played such a big part in the early development of New Zealand.

The Treasury houses an ever-growing collection of resources relating to the early history of Thames and the entire Coromandel Region. For the historical researcher, we have a large collection of history books and historical manuscripts as well as many resources to help research your family history, such as newspapers, magazines, photographs, Jubilee books, family records and certificates.

THE TREASURY is open for visitors and researchers.

OPEN: 11.00am - 3.00pm Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

EXCEPT: Public holidays, and between Xmas & New Year.

The Treasury,
705 - 709 Queen Street,
Thames.

Phone (07) 868 8827 (during opening hours only)
Email:The Treasury

THE TREASURY ARCHIVE BUILDING IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

WE WELCOME ANY DONATIONS OF HISTORIC, FAMILY OR BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, PHOTOS, MAPS, BOOKS, LETTERS, DIARIES ETC RELATING TO THE THAMES, COROMANDEL PENINSULA AND HAURAKI DISTRICTS FOR SAFEKEEPING IN OUR STATE-OF THE-ART NEW FACILITY.


DR JOCK PHILLIPS, HISTORIAN OF TE ARA, WELLINGTON OPENS THE TREASURY ARCHIVE
on 15th March 2014

OUR HERITAGE IS GOLD by Dr Jock Phillips of The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

A BUILDING TO TREASURE by Kelsey Wilkie. Hauraki Herald 7 March 2014.

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY 108 years ago on 2 November 1905.

REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I - ONE HUNDRED YEARS ON

2014 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Commemoration ceremonies are expected to last over the following five years, from the Gallipoli Campaign in 2015 to the Armistice celebrations in 2018.

In conjunction with the New Zealand-wide WW100 project, The Treasury is making a special effort over the next five years to collect records and stories of Thames/Coromandel/Hauraki WWI soldiers and nurses. If you can help us with any photos, written records and stories, letters home, telegrams, diaries, certificates, plaques, or mementoes of any of our World War I heroes, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Anyone who would like to write the story of a Thames/Coromandel/Hauraki World War I soldier, nurse or simply a survivor on the homefront to contribute to The Treasury Journal should contact The Editor directly. In fact, we are continually looking for articles and stories about any subject relating to the history of the Thames/Coromandel/Hauraki district. The Editor is always happy to help where needed with the writing of articles for The Treasury Journal.

An article that appeared in the Hauraki Herald 18 Oct 2013:
MEMORABILIA SOUGHT FOR GREAT WAR CENTENARY

From Hauraki Herald 10 March 2014:
MEMORIAL MYSTERY SOLVED AT LAST

The World War I Experience in Thames/Coromandel/Hauraki

THE TREASURY INDEX AND RESEARCH SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

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ALSO TREASURY PUBLICATIONS ARE FOR SALE AND NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER ONLINE

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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.


History of the Carnegie Free Library in Thames

The original foundation stone for The Carnegie Free Library was laid in 1905 by James McGowan, the Minister of Mines and Justice. Andrew Carnegie was a United States steel magnate and philanthropist who contributed 2000 to build a library for the people of Thames. The contractor, J Fyfe and Sons built the Library for 1964. It was one of only three remaining Carnegie Libraries in New Zealand when it last closed its doors in 1990.
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The Honorable J. McGowan (Minister for Mines) laying the foundations stone for
the new Carnegie Free Public Library at a ceremony on 6th April 1905.
Opening Ceremony for the Carnegie Free Library:
The Mayor (Mr A. Burns) addressing the assemblage, Nov 2, 1905.
From the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-1905-11-5.
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