Above Left: Thames Pioneers. Left to right: Alex Ross, Wm Goldsworthy, Richard Ross and Thos Goldsworthy. Taken December 1867.
Above Right: Old Thames Identities. Left to right, Richard Grattan and Richard Ross. Taken January 1869.
"Every colour of gold that had ever been found was discussed that day and old Thames was raked from hill to flat, from creek to sea in every street in Auckland and in many a hostelry...Hard old West Country faces, hard old seared hands, soft old hearts. Noticed one very charming Maori custom among the Thamesites - the silent shake of the hand and pass on; a sort of mutual understanding and fraternity. Couldn't quite understand why anybody should preach to those people, for they and those like them are the salt of New Zealand and the type and pattern and foundation of the country's greatness. Saw several little groups about with an odd man or an odd woman dropping a tear or so. The revival of old acquaintance, a tale of an ancient tragedy, some loss that had occurred was the reason."
This may seem over dramatic reporting, but the sentiments that are voiced above echo in many reports, including those from the people themselves. What ever it was about living on The Thames, it would be a memory they would never forget. Even today, it is a special bond when one finds a fellow researcher who is related to a Thames goldfield pioneer!
See also:Previous blog posts here and the Thames Parade 1927
1917 Jubilee in the Thames Star Supplement 1 August 1917
The Treasury - check the index there will be lots of info on the above men and events