Monday, December 27, 2010


An overview of the burial grounds for Thames can be found at my genealogy site.

One of the first European burial grounds being near the Kauaeranga Pa located at the south end of Mackay Street, by present day Jellicoe Crescent.

Thames Star Newspaper: 29 Sept 1953
(click to enlarge)
The Treasury Journal has several articles on the history of the two main early cemeteries:
Shortland and Tararu Cemetery

Kiwicelts Cemetery site allows you to see location of all the cemetery sites just enter THAMES in location box and then you can explore details of each one and available records.
Location: Tararu Cemetery is approx 3 kilometres north of Thames, on SH 25 as you head up the Coromandel Peninsula. To reach the cemetery there is a track up the hill about 350 metres after the bridge on the north side of Tararu.

Location: On the hills of central Thames, drive up Hape Road, turn right up The Terrace, left up Mount Pleasant to Danby Street.

Early photo of Shortland Cemetery, Thames

The Thames Coromandel District Council has an excellent searchable online index for burial records  for cemeteries all over the Peninsula. Check at the bottom of each page for aerial photo of the selected gravesite. The TCDC has large map plans of the cemeteries, these are also available at The Treasury.

Also I have compiled a pre 1900 database for Tararu and Shortland Cemeteries which relates to the NZSG transcriptions. Full copies of these documents are at the Thames Library and The Treasury.

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