Friday, July 18, 2014

Thames (NZ): WWI Commemorations to begin 4 August 2014

It is nearly one hundred years since the start of World War One. At Thames, on 4 August 2014, an evening is to be held to mark this event in world history. A time for everyone to stop and remember the Great War, the men and women involved and the impact the war had on towns like Thames.
For further information: Contact The Treasury

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thames (NZ): Sailing ship visit 1915

The waters off Thames were frequented by a multitude of ships during the goldfield years. They continued to call long into the 19th century. In February 1915 a large sailing ship came aground on the mudflats in the gulf, west of the Piako River and opposite Thames.


The Eurasia'
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19150211-50-4
 
A grand sight to behold, as the Eurasia sailed back to Auckland. In 1916, an Italian ship by the same name was sunk by a German submarine. It was in fact the same ship that had floundered on the Thames mudflats in 1914. The incident was reported widely in newspapers around New Zealand. The New Zealand Herald 22 November 1916 confirming the ship was the same one that had come to New Zealand. These newspaper reports suggest it may have been a British submarine.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Thames (NZ): Then & Now, The Burke Street Wharf

Who can resist a view of the bustling Burke Street aka Thames Wharf. The ss Wakatere, proudly docked, awaiting another load of passengers and cargo bound for Auckland.


Today the area is busy again but with foot traffic, as the walkway along the foreshore once again lures people to the area. What is left of the wharf, is registered as a Category 2 on the Historic Places Register.
 Above: Google Maps view of the end of Burke Street, Thames
Below: Street view, looking out at the old wharf

Further information:
Map: click here   Photos: Click here and here
TCDC Walks brochure for the Burke Street Area.