Friday, April 28, 2017

Thames (NZ); Thames High School Entrance Then & Now

Thames High School Then & Now. The age of the old photo is not known, given the growth of 'Ivy' on the building it could be into the 1930s-40s. I would need to hunt out and compare some old Haurakian's to estimate more definitely. Thames went through a period where it valued the grand fence...I wish that time would return. Trees now dominate, rightly or wrongly.


There is a new entrance off Sealey Street, and that leads to the Thames High School Wharenui house.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thames (NZ): ANZAC DAY at the Thames 2017

Anzac Day started with the traditional Dawn Parade, followed by a large gathering to watch the march and service outside the Thames War Memorial Civic Hall in Mary Street.  The following photographs were taken from the Pollen and Mary Street intersect. There are also views of the WW100 Memorial Forest at Rhodes Park.
 


 


Thames (NZ): The Thames WWI PEACE MEMORIAL Lights

From the Thames & Districts RSA facebook site:
"RE-DEDICATION & 'LIGHTING UP' OF THE WW1 MEMORIAL THAMES
Monday 24th April 2017.
This evening a dedication and blessing of the memorial took place at 6pm. Speeches were given by distinguished guests: Captain Russell Skeet; Mayor Sandra Goudie; MP for Coromandel Scott Simpson and David Sinton Thames RSA President. Many members of the Thames RSA were in attendance as were a sizable number of Thames citizens."
Further information on the RSA website.

ABOVE: Photographs showing the new memorial lighting. (source: RSA website)
Thanks to all concerned for this wonderful project and tribute to the WWI soldiers.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thames (NZ): Shortland Cemetery footpath

No doubt the weather has hindered some improvements that are currently being undertaken around the Shortland Cemetery, Danby Street, Thames. A footpath now runs along the western edge of the cemetery, leading from the bottom of Danby Street up to the main Shortland Cemetery entrance. It would be wonderful if this then lead to an improved pathway within the grounds...but probably wishful thinking.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thames (NZ): Dedication & Lighting news for the Thames WWI Peace Memorial

AmazingAMAZING news from TCDC (Thames Coromandel District Council) today, concerning  new lighting on the Thames WWI Peace Memorial.

The Memorial was first unveiled and dedicated 25 April 1925. It was the dream of Thamesites to have the memorial suitably lit, but money restraints meant only a make-do system was installed. Wouldn't they be overjoyed today to hear that new lighting has been installed.

Full details are on the TCDC website, the main points are:
"The Thames War Memorial has always been a prominent reminder of the tenacity, bravery and honour of our World War I generation.
From the evening before ANZAC day this year, the memorial that stands tall over Thames will be lit up 365 nights of the year to honour our local men killed and to commemorate all our returned servicemen and women.
It will shine white overnight then red at 6am on the morning of ANZAC Day this year and from that day forth, it will be lit 365 nights of the year.
"I love the fact that the monument will be a beacon for Thames both day and night and a constant reminder of our fallen," says Thames-Coromandel District Council Mayor Sandra Goudie. "We will not forget those who fought in the war and are named on that beacon," says Mayor Sandra."

"Thanks to the generosity of local businesses Shaun Richards Electrical and Twentymans Funeral Directors covered the shortfall of around $4000."

The dedication details are:  Order of the evening
1730 -1800 hours - Transport provided to the Cenotaph from Twentymans Car Park Courtesy of Thames Fire Brigade
1550 - Piper -  Pipe Major Peter Jones of the Pipes and Drums of Thames Valley - Lament
1800 - Welcome – Captain Russell Skeet
1805  - Mayor Sandra Goudie
1810 - MP for Coromandel – Scott Simpson J.P.
1815 - Address by RSA President Mr David Sinton
1820  - Dedication and Blessing by RSA Padre Harvey Dalton
Piper to play ‘Amazing Grace’
1830  - Back to Twentymans car park and meet at then Thames RSA for coffee and rum.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Thames (NZ): WWI ROH Thames - 100 year anniversary April 1917-2017

The following soldiers lost their lives one hundred years ago (April 1917). For a full list of names CLICK HERE.

Sergeant William Hector TREWHELLA, Killed in Action in the field of France 11 April 1917. Serial No. 492, part of the Australian Imperial Forces. Born in Thames, next-of-kin his daughter Doreen Trewhella of Auckland. Aka Trewheela.

Private Alfred Percy GRANT, Died of Disease at sea on way back to New Zealand. Serial No. 12/354 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment 6th Coy. Born at Tairua, son of Mr & Mrs V Grant of Matatoki, Thames.

Private Thomas Alfred GEMMING, Died of Disease at Thames 26 April 1917. Serial No. 12/359, Auckland Infantry Regiment. Born and educated at Thames, son of Charles and Agnes Gemming. Worked at Coakley's Grocery shop before the war. Served in Egypt and Gallipoli where he was wounded.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Thames (NZ): Thames High School Indoor Sports Complex Update

The size of the new building is even more evident when viewing across the school field. For a full timeline of the building construction CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thames (NZ): View from Upper Albert Street to Wharf

A beautiful view from Upper Albert Street over to the Burke Street Wharf. The postcard was written by Rev E Clyde Grey. Grey was at Hikurangi and New Lynn in the late 1920s to 1930s, his connection to Thames has yet to be confirmed.


The postcard is full of many lost landmarks. At the lower centre of the card is the St Brigid's Catholic Church that was located in Queen Street (between Williamson and Albert Street). The back of the church is on the Pollen Street boundary. (photo right)

Near the foreshore on Beach Road is the Grahamstown Railway Station, that was located opposite the Williamson Street intersect. Taxicabs are lined up, no doubt waiting for passengers off the next train. The Royal Hotel is on the corner of Williamson and Owen Streets. (photo below)
 
Above is the view of Abraham Street on the right beside A & G Price's Foundry, and onto the railway sheds on Beach Road. Then the Burke Street Wharf, awaiting the next lot of boats as the tide permits.
Today the area to the right of the wharf is the Moanataiari Sub-division and full of residential houses.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Thames (NZ): Methodist Church Choir 1922

Many thanks to Lloyd who keeps finding the most amazing photographs. This time its a photo of the Methodist Church Choir taken 20 October 1922 - the most amazing thing is that it was taken aboard the ps Wakatere. Maybe you recognise someone in the choir?
 
The choir was very successful in competitions around the district. In 1921 the Methodist Choir had won several sections at the Auckland Methodist Choir Festival in Hamilton. There photo was republished in the Thames Star in 1938.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thames (NZ): View from Upper Albert Street

One of the most populated streets at the Thames was also the most challenging, yet over the decades hundreds of families would have spent time at Upper Albert Street. Was it the view over the town? The closeness to work, shops, park, wharf and schools? What ever the reason, they certainly managed to pack a lot of houses along this steep road. The postcard below gives a view from the early 1900s.

In the 1902 Street Directory the following householders were listed: John Clarken (Miner), George Cole (Carter), William Cole (Miner), Mrs Farley, P Ganley (Moulder), Thomas Guy (Miner), Mrs Hart, F J Horn (Moulder), Fred Ladner (Bricklayer), D McLean (Miner), Thomas Moyle (Miner), Mrs Moorcroft, Wm Moyle (Miner), M Mullins (Miner), J Pollock (Miner), G Robertson (Miner), W Robinson (Carpenter), W Robinson (Miner), Abel Rowe (Miner) W Rudkin (Moulder), James Taylor (Miner), J Tonkin (Miner), Frank Trebilcock (Miner), and John Trebilcock (Miner).

  ABOVE: Close-up of the houses in Upper Albert Street.
BELOW: The full postcard showing Upper Albert Street, and the Waiokaraka School bottom right.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Thames (NZ): Thames Indoor Sports Complex update

The progress on the indoor sports complex is full steam ahead at present, with walls starting to be closed in. The structure is imposing, both in height and overall size.
A timeline of progress can be seen in an earlier post, scroll down for updates.

Todays photographs (below), were taken from east side of Rolleston Street, south of the Sealey Street intersect.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Thames (NZ): Golden Crown Battery

Do you ever get confused about where all the mines and batteries were located on the Thames Goldfield? One of the most confusing areas for me is around the present Goldmine Experience area. The area north of Burke Street to Kuranui Bay has changed so much geographically, its hard to make sense of old photographs. Anyway a new gem in the Sir George Grey Collections at Auckland Libraries has solved one of these location dilemmas - and a plan received from Tom, shows the exact location.

The Golden Crown Battery.
Have you seen the heritage sign at the western border of the Goldmine Experience?
 
'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7--A8718'
The above photograph is of the Golden Crown Battery and Mine site, to the east of Golden Crown aka Owen Street. Referenced as being taken 1870-1879. The hill to the top right is the Waiotahi Spur, the area where the WWI Peace Memorial is located.   The view to the right is looking down Owen Street to the right, the Golden Crown Battery can be seen lower right. Far lower right is the intersection of Haven and Golden Crown Street, which on later maps is a continuation of Owen Street.
The photograph below is a close-up of the area, and the Golden Crown Battery is to the left of the wording "Golden Crown Street."
 
ABOVE: Part of the NZ Survey Dept IV Thames Map 1897. Golden Crown Battery site marked far right, opposite Haven Street intersect, and running south along Owen Street.
BELOW: Google earth view of the area today. 
In Downey's book, the figures from the Golden Crown Claim are:
Tons of Quartz: 32,483; Yield of Bullion: 91,760; Value of Bullion: 248,896 Pounds.
Source: Gold-Mines of the Hauraki District, by J F Downey, 1935.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thames (NZ): WWI ROH Thames - 100 year anniversary 25 to 29 March

Private James Conroy DUNN, #12/3623 DOW 25 March 1917 in the field of France. James Dunn was the son of Margaret Ann Dunn, of Queen St., Thames, New Zealand, and the late James Dunn James Dunn was the son of Margaret Ann Dunn, of Queen St., Thames, New Zealand, and the late James Dunn.
Private Thomas Michael REDDY, #26/1179, KIA 27 March 1917 in the field of France. Next of Kin Mrs Annie Reddy (wife), Karaka Road, Thames, New Zealand.
Sapper James TAYLOR, #4/1637, DOD 29 March 1917 at Waihi, New Zealand. Son of James and Ellen Taylor of "Khandallah", Conway Road, Bankstown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Thames (NZ): WWI ROH Thames - 100 year anniversary

Since closing my facebook site, I have been remiss in not keeping up-to-date the names of our WWI ROH on the date of their 100 year anniversary.

A full list of our World War One Roll of Honour names has been recorded in date order, so that you can scroll down and view all the men who were classified as war deaths.

Remember there is also a slideshow that has where possible a photo of our WWI ROH soldiers.

So far this year, one hundred years ago four soldiers from Thames had died in 1917. Be prepared 1917 will see many names listed, as casualties were great. Refer to the WWI ROH list for details.

The 1917 WWI ROH deaths are as of this 100 year anniversary date:

30/01/1917 In the Field, France; MOORE Dennis Charles; 24/1125; Rifleman 2nd Batt 3rd NZRB 
21/02/1917 In the Field, France; RONALDSON Roy; 12/3799; Private 2nd Batt AIR 
21/02/1917 In the Field, France or Belgium; FOY Joseph Michael; 24003; Private 2nd Batt AIR 
22/02/1917 In the Field, France; PETERSON Frank Newman; 11528; Private 2nd Batt AIR 

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thames (NZ): Kae Lewis' Book Launch

UPDATE: 13 March 2017. Don't forget the book launch THIS week.
Kae will have books for sale, they are $85 and apparently jam packed with heaps of information that should meet the needs of the family researcher to mining enthusiast.

Announcement today on the TCDC news-page of a book launch during Thames Heritage Festival.

Goldrush to the Thames New Zealand 1867 to 1869 is written by Kae Lewis. Kae is better known to most as The Treasury Webmaster and the creator of the Goldminers Database.

Full details on the book are available at the TCDC link. "With the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Thames Goldfield in August, Kae has written a book Goldrush to the Thames New Zealand 1867-1869  as a companion to the website, and there will be an initial print run of just 100 copies available."

There are two book launches scheduled:  at The Treasury on Wednesday March 15th and at Thames Coromandel District Libraries on Thursday March 16th. Copies will also be available at Thames School of Mines Shop and Carsons Book shop.

Photo from TCDC

Friday, February 24, 2017

Thames (NZ): Thames High School's Wharenui

News in the Hauraki Herald (24 February 2017) that the Wharenui has been completed at Thames High School. The cost was $400,000 and the building will be blessed and officially opened 28 February 2017. Principal Dave Sim hopes that in future the building will be 'dressed' by future users - adding kowhaiwhai panels and carvings.

The building will be used for te reo Maori classes, and by cultural and community groups. The previous building has been removed, to allow for the development of the new indoor court complex.

Timeline of Wharenui building:




Monday, February 20, 2017

Thames (NZ): Then & Now Collage - Band Rotunda (Victoria Park)

The purpose of these images, like the 'Then & Now' views, are to allow us to see the Thames as our ancestors did. In many cases the views have changed considerably in our lifetime alone, but for other areas the change has been more gradual.

When the Victoria Park was established and the Band Rotunda built in 1902 - the landscape was very different. The water literally cam up and in parts around the railway line on the seaward side of the park. While the view towards the Burke Street Wharf was clear, today completely obstructed by mangroves. The railway lines are long gone, the land to the west reclaimed and now the site of the Thames Croquet Club.

Above: Then & Now combined view, looking North-west from the Albert Street and Beach Road intersect.
Below: Left 2016 and Right c1902