Who can forget the days, well into the 1960s when the wharf would be lined three deep with fishing boats - as men jumped from one to another unloading their catch of the day. Thames fishermen featured often in papers and magazines such as the Auckland Weekly News. Below are a few of these photos, showing the fishermen at work - and how vital it was considered to the area.
1901Description: Showing a recent catch of fish in the Hauraki gulf, near Thames.
Source: Auckland Weekly News 26 JULY 1901 Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19010726-8-2
1908Description: FISHING BOATS OFF THE GOODS WHARF, THAMES, AUCKLAND.- BOATING VIEW. Source: Auckland Weekly News 16 APRIL 1908 Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19080416-2-2
1925Description: NEW ZEALAND FISHING INDUSTRY: THAMES FISHERMEN USING THE SEINE NET SYSTEM OFF THE COAST OF COROMANDEL. AUCKLAND.
Source: Auckland Weekly News 2 March 1925 Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19250305-37-1
1935Description: ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL SOURCES OF THE AUCKLAND PROVINCIAL FISH SUPPLY: UNITS OF THE FISHING FLEET IN PORT AT THAMES
Source: Auckland Weekly News 25 SEPTEMBER 1935 'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19350925-52-3'