Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thames (NZ); One Hundred Years ago 24 August 2014

In the Thames Star one hundred years ago today - 24 August 1914:
  • Death notices for: Louisa Dufty of Parawai and George Ripley of Waihi.
  • Mr A Williams of Kopu was organising a patriotic concert for Thursday 27 August in the Kopu Hall.
  • The weather was cloudy, with the barometer falling. Seas rough and tides high!
  • Land agent Mr C D Wright had a centrally located, 11 roomed house for-sale for 500 Pounds
  • The Thames Star's War news displayed outside the office had been destroyed overnight. The paper had taken to displaying the latest war news over the weekend to keep the town informed. Someone had deliberately torn down and destroyed the last night's news.
  • War news revolved around the fall of Brussels and the large number of German troops entering the area
  • Mr Vivian of Mt Pleasant had Cauliflower, Cabbage and onion plants forsale.
  • Coad's had a number of items listed to tempt the customer, in their Bookshop at the corner of Pollen and Sealey Streets. Mechanical toys and mechano were proving popular.

  • Hardware merchant Jas RENSHAW was reminding people that this was the time to spray for woolly aphis and scale.
  • Additional supplies of coal from the Westport mines, were urgently needed to meet the increasing imperial needs for the war effort.
  • The Thames Cricketers Club played the Paeroa Hockey club in a hockey game at Dodd's paddock at Parawai. Thames won eight goals to three.
1907 Thames Hockey Team, who had played Auckland at Remuera in September 1907. Score: Thames 2 Auckland 4.
Source: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19070912-10-3
Click here  and here for Thames Star reports on above hockey match