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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 BICENNTENIAL OF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO

18th June 1815

In the Shortland Cemetery, Thames, there is a grave of a long-time Punga Flat and Thames resident

ROBERT ROYCROFT

who was a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo. He was given a military funeral with full honours in Thames on 20th October 1875.

To commemorate the Battle of Waterloo, The Treasury Journal has published an article:

VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO WHO DIED IN NEW ZEALAND

by Tor Riley.




The most succinct commentary on the chaos and confusion is probably that of the soldier who, on the morning after the battle, said, ‘I’ll be hanged if I know anything about the matter for I was all day trodden in the mud and ridden over by every scoundrel who had a horse.’













Hauraki Herald 5 June 2015

CONGRATULATIONS!

TO OUR VERY OWN

GERALDINE DUNWOODIE Q.S.M.


GERALDINE BUTLER DUNWOODIE of Thames has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to heritage preservation in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The Queen's Service Medal is awarded by the Government of New Zealand to recognise and reward volunteer service to the community and recognises the major role Geraldine has played and continues to play in the establishment, building, organizing and running of The Treasury in Thames.

For the past ten years, Geraldine has worked tirelessly to collect and safely store the historical records of Thames, Hauraki and the entire Coromandel Peninsula District. With the help of the many other volunteers, she has meticulously planned and established The Treasury with its historical Carnegie Library Reading Room and the adjacent state-of-the art, award-winning archive storage facility. She has then set about reassuring and encouraging people to deposit precious family items and historical archives, photographs and records in The Treasury. The Treasury can now ensure that the records entrusted to them will be safely passed on to future generations in a good state of preservation. Geraldine's extensive knowledge of the people and events in the area has enabled her to recognise the value of both locally and nationally important records, resulting in many important record collections being deposited with The Treasury. The establishment of this safe storage facility to preserve the heritage of the entire Region has been Geraldine's dream and an all-consuming passion for the past decade.

The Trustees, Committee and Members of The Coromandel Hertitage Trust and the many volunteers and patrons of The Treasury join together in sending their hearty congratulations to Geraldine for this well-deserved Honour of The Queen's Service Medal for services to the preservation of the heritage of the community of Thames/Coromandel and Hauraki Region as well as the entire Nation of New Zealand.

Our hearty congratulations are also due to SUE BAKER WILSON of Katikati for the award of The Queen's Service Medal in recognition of her extensive research on The New Zealand Tunnelling Company of World War I. These miners from all over the Waihi and Thames goldfields volunteered to go to France during WWI to dig an extensive system of tunnels under enemy lines.
The New Zealand Tunnelling Company website
Hauraki Herald 12 June 2015.

REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I - ONE HUNDRED YEARS ON

GALLIPOLI

ANZAC DAY 2015 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Landing of the ANZAC troops at Gallipoli. There were many Thames boys there on the 25th April 2015 and holding on over the following months. Too many of them died and were buried at Gallipoli, with no known grave. Others died later of wounds sustained or disease caught at Gallipoli.

Further details about these soldiers can be found on THE THAMES WAR MEMORIAL WEBPAGE.

Thames Soldiers Killed in Action or Died of Disease at Gallipoli

  • Private Owen Bertrum ALLOM
  • Private James COOPER
  • Private William Albert COPLAND (aka THAXTER)
  • Second Lieutenant John Mainer CORBETT
  • Private George COX
  • Sergeant Leslie Rotorua DARROW
  • Private Bertrum Charles DENYER
  • Private Henry George Herbert ENSOR
  • Second Lieutenant William Evelyn Francise FLOWER
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Andrew FRATER
  • Lance Corporal Herbert Charles FURZE
  • Corporal Theophilis John (Jack) GEMMING
  • Major Samuel Alexander GRANT
  • Trooper Charles GREAVES
  • Private Walter GREENSLADE
  • Private William HADDOCK
  • Private Sydney Heldane HEALD
  • Private Ernest William JAMES
  • Sergeant William Craig KEARNEY
  • Private Samuel Thomas Alexander LOWRY
  • Sergeant Robert Petherbridge PEARSE
  • Private John Kirker POTTS
  • Private Edward Thomas RICE
  • Private Pareiha TUATI
  • Private John William WYLLIE

Thames Soldiers Wounded or Caught Disease at Gallipoli and Died Later

  • Bombardier Herbert AYLING
  • Private James COOPER
  • Private Thomas Alfred Clare GEMMING
  • Private Thomas ISAACS
  • Sergeant Ernest Richard (Eber) JOHNSTON
  • Private Leo MULLIGAN
  • Gunner Rupert Leslie PEARSON
  • Private Moa WAHIA

Thames Soldiers Seriously Wounded at Gallipoli but Survived.

  • Captain Robert Nicoll MORPETH
  • Private Sydney Charles WELLS

GALLIPOLI; IN THEIR OWN WORDS. by Eber Johnston, Arthur Phillips, Tom Gemming, Walter Greenslade and Harry Keesing.


Herbert Ayling

Leslie Darrow

William Flower

Jack Gemming

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Commemoration ceremonies for the Gallipoli Campaign in 2015 to the Armistice celebrations in 2018 will continue for the next four years.



In conjunction with the New Zealand-wide WW100 project, The Treasury is making a special effort to collect records and stories of Thames, Coromandel and Hauraki WWI soldiers, doctors 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.



The World War I Experience in Thames/Coromandel/Hauraki

A BRAND NEW PUBLICATION FROM THE TREASURY NOW FOR SALE

FROM GOLD MINE TO FIRING LINE
'THE THAMES' AND THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918.

Althea Barker, Meghan Hawkes, Kae Lewis, David Wilton, Russell Skeet, Roger Strong & Tracey Spence, all members of the Coromandel Heritage Trust (The Treasury) have written a book to commemorate the people from the Thames region who went to war, the families they left behind, and in particular the service men who did not return. This magnificent book is a great tribute to the people of the Thames region. Over 300 pages long and with many photographs, it is an excellent read.
A limited number of the first edition are now for sale at $50 a copy from The Treasury bookshop and can be ordered online. Email The Coromandel Heritage Trust or post to: The Treasury Publications, The Coromandel Heritage Trust, PO Box 75, Thames 3540, New Zealand. You will be advised of the total cost and how to make payment. Postage and packaging is additional.

Printable version here

THAMES NOW HAS A 'ROLLING MEMORIAL' TO SIGNIFY THOSE THAT MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE 100 YEARS AGO.


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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.

THE TREASURY INDEX AND RESEARCH SERVICE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE

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ALSO TREASURY PUBLICATIONS ARE FOR SALE AND AVAILABLE TO ORDER ONLINE

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WOW!!!!

It has just been announced at the recent Waikato and Bay of Plenty Architectual Awards that our very own

THE TREASURY RESEARCH CENTRE AND ARCHIVE

designed by Architectus has won the Heritage Award. This now goes to the National Awards that will be given out in early November. Congratulations to The Coromandel Heritage Trust and all those involved!
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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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