Researching at The Treasury

discover the family, social and economic history of Te Tara o Te ika a māui

Our state-of-the-art, award winning and humidity controlled Archive contains a growing collection of records from the towns, businesses, organisations and families of the Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki District. Our treasure trove of (currently) largely early colonisation history is amazing, and it is our mission to make it accessible to as many people as possible. It has proven instrumental in uncovering the family history of people based all the world over!

There are three ways for you to research our collections:

1. Come and see us in person at The Treasury in Thames

We welcome your visit in Thames to carry out your research. Our volunteer research specialists are happy to help you with your research or you are welcome to browse undisturbed. We charge a small fee to non-members for using our research facility. This fee goes towards our costs of maintaining, archiving and cataloguing the records kept in The Treasury. Learn more about our membership program.

We also offer photocopying services and visitors are able to use their cellphone to take their own photographs in our Reading Room.

Our Research Fees for those visiting The Treasury:

For members:            FREE
For students:             FREE
For non-members:    $5 per hour

Photocopying fee:

A4 and A3 black and white 20c per page or 40 cents per page for double sided,
A4 colour $1.50 per page or $3 per page for double sided
A3 colour $2.50 per page or $5 per page for double sided

2. Ask us to do the research for you

You mightn't be able to visit our centre in person. Thanks to our experienced research team, we can still access the treasures in our collections for you. We are gradually making our records available online. In the meantime, we offer our remote research service. Find out more

3. Accessing information on line

Currently we have the following material available online:

Our collections

Journal articles

Oral history recordings

We are working hard to catalogue and digitise our various collections to make them accessible online from anywhere in the world. We aim to start making them available online around August 2022. If you are able to help us bring The Treasury's Collection Management Project Towards the Future: Preserving the Past to fruition whether it be through offering your time to join our volunteers, making a donation or becoming a member of The Treasury, we welcome your support and enthusiasm with open arms! We are also wishing to rebuild our Oral History Team and invite expressions of interest. Find out more on how to get involved.

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