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The Treasury Publications For Sale and Now Available To Order Online

All proceeds go directly to THE COROMANDEL HERITAGE TRUST

Help support The Treasury while finding out more about the Coromandel-Hauraki area and its people

If you would like to order one of the following items, 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.

BOOKLETS



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THAMES FIRSTS: SPECIAL EVENTS ON THE THAMES GOLDFIELDS

by Althea Barker

A5 size, 37 pages, with photos.
This includes stories about the First Anzac Day Commemoration; When did the Burn’s Club start in Thames?; Were There Chinese Market Gardeners in Early Thames?; When was the first Goal Escape at The Thames?; When was the First Sea Monster Seen by Settlers at The Thames?; and more.

ISBN: 978 0 9922508 4 3
$10.00


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WHANGANUI ISLAND: A TOWN THAT NEVER WAS.

by Arn Piesse

A4 size, 24 pages, with maps.
The story of an island in the Coromandel Harbour. From Maori to the colourful ship’s carpenter William Webster from the USA to Berridge Spencer in 1964.

No ISBN
$12.00


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LOST LANDMARKS

by Althea Barker

An A5-sized booklet, 34 pages with photos.
A well-researched booklet about old Landmarks in Thames no longer in existence, with an early photo for each landmark. It includes a transcription of a recording made with Toss Hammond, an early historian. A very interesting read.

ISBN: 978-0-9922507-3-7
$7.00



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OUR PEOPLE OUR STORIES

by Althea Barker

A5-sized booklets of 26 pages and 34 pages, including photos of the topic and photos of the person interviewed.
Interesting snippets from the stories recorded by The Coromandel Heritage Trust Oral History Recorders.

Book 1 ISBN: 978-0-9922507-0-6
Book 2 ISBN:978-0-9922507-1-3
Bk I - $5.00
Bk II - $7.00


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PLAYING SPORT ON THE THAMES GOLDFIELDS 1867 – 1920

by Althea Barker

An A5-sized booklet, 42 pages.
Althea has researched extensively to provide a picture of the wide variety of interesting sports the early settlers took part in. Includes a transcription of a recording with Toss Hammond, an early historian, photographs, and many of the early family names are mentioned.

ISBN: 978-0-9922507-4-4
$8.00


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TREASURY TALES

compiled by Geraldine Dunwoodie

An A5-sized booklet, 32 pages with photographs.
Interesting and sometimes quirky snippets about people and places in the Thames Coromandel and Hauraki areas. These Tales were compiled for Coromandel FM to read throughout the day.

Book 1 ISBN: 978-0-9922507-2-0
Bk I - $7.00


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THE GOLDMINER'S DATABASE

by Kae Lewis

An A4 sized booklet, 9 pages.
This is the User's Manuel for The Goldminer's Database found at the website Goldrush Online. The database is a searchable index of 50,000 early New Zealand mining records. This booklet gives an overview of goldmining in New Zealand, describes the process that the miners went through to register claims and guides the user to make the best use of the database. It can help you to find out if your ancestor was a goldminer, and the area where he had his claim.

ISBN: 978-0-9922507-6-8
$5.00

BOOKS



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TARARU CEMETERY

by Russell Skeet

A4 size, 46 pages.
The history of the Tararu Cemetery at the northern end of town. This cemetery is where many of the early Thames families were buried and is now a closed cemetery. An interesting read about the history of the cemetery.

No ISBN
$20.00


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A LINE OF DUCKBOARDS

by Meghan Hawkes
A5 size, 234 pages
Meghan again dips into the decades to give us a snapshot in time of people and events dug up from old newspapers during 1916-1946. Was the Kopu Bridge going to be named ‘The Star’ in honour of the local newspaper? What was the disgusting digestor that caused community outrage? Did the Greymouth ghost pay a visit to Thames? What of the big tycoon who planned a nitrate works for the town?

ISBN: 978 0 473 22056 3
$35.00


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TO FIND A FORTUNE: WOMEN OF THE THAMES GOLDFIELD, 1867 - 1893.

by Rosemary Killip

A4 size, 276 pages.
The lives of women who inhabited the Thames Goldfield between 1867 and 1893. They brought skills as entertainers, educators and entrepreneurs. Modern-day assumptions that they were brave, uncomplaining, married and solely devoted to the home are dispelled in this interesting book. Limited number available and this book will not be reprinted. Rosemary very kindly donated her last box of books to The Treasury.

ISBN: 0-475-110332-1
$25.00


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PLEASE TAKE GOOD CARE OF ME

by Sandy Lautenbach with Kingsley Field
383 pages with photos.
Sandy was brought up by her Lamb aunts and uncle from a pre-school age after her mother died. This is not only Sandy’s story but also the history or the well-known and respected Lamb family since their arrival in Thames at the start of the Gold Rush.

ISBN: 978 0 473 27747 5
$45.00


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NURSES OF THAMES: A History of Registered Nurse Training at the Thames Hospital.

by Althea Barker
An A4 soft-covered book, 82 pages, with many photos, newspaper clippings, fully indexed.
This is a comprehensive history of nurse training at the Thames hospital with each page including wonderful, seldom seen photos. All aspects of hospital life are touched on including: Nursing Education, First Nurses, Nursing Examinations, Salaries, Etiquette, Accommodation, Uniforms, Off Duty Time, Balls & Socials, Special Times, Epidemics, Influenza Nurses, Maternity Nurse Training, Midwifery Training, Recruitment, Our War Nurses, Matrons and Tutors, Graduation Day, Closing of School, and more. Althea finishes with named photos of most of the groups of graduating nurses, and a list of nearly all the nurses who trained in Thames. These sections are still being worked on as more names come forward.

ISBN: ISBN 978-0-9922507-7-5
$25.00


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A DIARY OF ACCIDENTS: LIFE AND DEATH IN THE THAMES GOLDMINES

by David Arbury
compiled by Althea Barker

This is an A4-sized bound book of 40 pages with photographs, newspaper clippings, a reference list and an index.
David Arbury was a trustee of The Coromandel Heritage Trust from the time of its inception. Following his untimely death, his family donated his years' of research to The Treasury. His primary interest was Thames, and in particular mining. Amongst his records were what looked like the drafts for several books. With the permission of his family, this book is the result of one of these, and is a compilation of several drafts David had made on this topic. Individual accidents and miners are described. Althea has tried to present this in the way that David would have done. Chapters include Thames, The Miner, A Mine Accident, Non-Fatal Accidents, Accidents with Explosives, Fatal Accidents Underground, Death through Gas, Miner’s Funeral, and Hardship and Help.

Book 1 ISBN: 978-0-9922507-5-1
$15.00


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THE COMING YEAR

by Meghan Hawkes

This is an A5-sized bound book of 114 pages.
Interesting stories from early Thames newspapers, highlighting an earlier period in the history of the district, the 1940s – 1970s. The tales are fascinating, often humorous and chapters include: An Untidy Bubbling, The Vibration of Its Venerable Mechanism, The Toddler Who Tumbled, Little Green Men, The Demon Drink, Guaranteed Not to Bite As It Has No Teeth, Good Keen Men and Women, Thrashing In The Mangroves, A Home Is Only A Prison, Man Hunt, Five Vials Of Mercury And Ten Dozen Savoury Eggs, What Lies Beneath The Skies Above, A Little Deranged By The Influx Of Holiday Makers, Something Unique Is Happening In Thames, A Creeper Forcing Up A Skirting Board, Dastardly Deeds, Let Me Entertain You, Drifts Of Hail And Gobsmacked Gardeners, Fire And Water, I’m All Of A Muck A Sweat, The Dream Of Mayors, Those Were The Days.

ISBN: 978-0-473-15376-2
Published by Meghan Hawkes 2009
$20.00


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TRUE TALES OF NORTHERN COROMANDEL

published by the Coromandel Town History Research Group $25.00 (no ISBN) A4 size, 143 pages.

MORE TRUE TALES OF NORTHERN COROMANDEL

published by the Coromandel Town History Research Group $25.00 (no ISBN) A4 size, 159 pages.

EVEN MORE TRUE TALES OF NORTHERN COROMANDEL

published by the Coromandel Town History Research Group $25.00 (no ISBN) A4 size, 190 pages.

These three books are full of very interesting stories, told by people with a connection to the Coromandel area. They are a credit to the hard-working Coromandel Town Research Group and came about as the result of a competition to find the best story about the Coromandel. There are many informative, amusing, historic or recent tales. They all help to preserve the history of the region. Photos included.

This format has proven very successful in gathering stories which would otherwise be lost and is something the Coromandel Town History Group would like to see taken up by towns throughout New Zealand. Great Barrier Island has produced two books, and The Treasury has started collected stories for three books – True Tales of Thames, True Tales of The Plains, and True Tales of the Eastern Seaboard. Contact us if you would like to start your own True Tales.
$25.00


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WALTER CALLAWAY: A MAORI WARRIOR OF THE BOER WAR

by Mike Dwight

This is an A4-sized book, 104 pages, many photos most of them not seen before, bibliography.
New Zealand’s ‘forgotten war’. The story of one of the first New Zealanders to fight abroad and at a time when ‘no natives could fight in a white man’s war’. This book provides background information on the Boer War and tells the story of Walter Callaway of Kikowhakarere near Coromandel – a man of many talents, and a story that needed to be told. Mike Dwight is well qualified to write this very interesting book – a South African growing up near where the New Zealanders fought, and now living in Thames, New Zealand.

ISBN: 978-0-473-17901-4
$35.00

DVDs



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CROSBIE’S SETTLEMENT

by David Wilton

A 20-minute documentary which recounts the history of a remote farm block in the Coromandel Ranges which was settled in 1880 and farmed until about 1970. The DVD includes recorded observations of Madge Sutton, who lived at the settlement in the early 1900s, and numerous rare photographs of the area.

ISBN: 978-0-9922507-8-2
$15.00


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OVER TROUBLED WATER: THE STORY OF THE KOPU BRIDGE

A DVD commissioned by The Coromandel Heritage Trust, produced by Andrew Neal in association with the University of Waikato and Blackout Productions Ltd, and launched in February 2008. The video documents this iconic old bridge - a vital link from its earliest days to the present. It includes interesting tales and snippets from old timers as well as interviews and photographs.

ISBN: 978-0-9922507-9-9
$20.00

CDs



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SCHOOL RECORDS Version 3

compiled by Pauline Stammers

Names taken from school admission records, and in some cases from the daily attendance rolls. In addition many teachers’ names are included. Although you might think you know which school your family went to, sometimes they unexpectedly show up living somewhere else in the district for a time which you mightn’t have known about. Includes:

Hikutaia (Hikutaia West, Kaimanawa Road, Komata North, Komata South, Wharepoa); Kaihere; Kauaeranga Valley, Thames; Kauaeranga Boys, Thames; Kauaeranga Girls, Thames; Kopuarahi; Kuaotunu; Mackaytown; Mangatarata; Ngatea; Orongo; Paeroa Central; Paeroa District High School; Parawai Thames; Patetonga; Pipiroa; Tararu/North, Thames; Thames High School; Thames South School; St Joseph’s, Paeroa; Tapu; Turua; Waikawau; Waikaraka/Central School, Thames; Waiotahi, Thames; Waitakaruru; Whenuakite

ISBN: 978-0-9922508-0-5
$30.00


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ORAL HISTORIES

A valuable resource with some very interesting stories told, both personal and historic. Completed interview as a recording, transcript or abstract, is available. Not all are transcribed yet.
See the Oral History page for a list of people interviewed.
CD $15.00
Transcriptions $10.00
Abstract $5.00


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TOSS HAMMOND

Almost half a century since they were recorded, Toss Hammond's recordings are now available as CDs. CD 1 is over an hour long, and describes his journeys up the Thames coast in the 1880s together with the exploits of famous chiefs such as Taraia and Rautao. A rich, fascinating account of Maori and early settler history.

CD1: History of the Thames Coast
transcribed by Lee Bisset.
ISBN: 978-0-9922508-1-2

CD2: Stories of James Mackay & Others 1860s - 1890s.
ISBN: 978-0-9922508-2-9

CD3: Thames Sports 1870s - 1900s, Trip to Table Mountain
ISBN: 978-0-9922508-3-6
CD $15.00
Transcriptions $10.00

MISCELLANEOUS


TREASURY PENCILS

$2.00

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