|Description: TABLE MOUNTAIN, A WELL- KNOWN PICTURESQUE LANDSCAPE BETWEEN THAMES AND MERCURY BAY, AUCKLAND. |
Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 28 SEPTEMBER 1905 p014
Source: ' Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19050928-14-3 '
Source: TCDC Places of the Coromandel
In "Te Takoto O Te Whenua O Hauraki, Hauraki Landmarks" by Taimoana Turoa (Edited by Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal), further information on the mountain is given. The Tribal area is Ngati Maru, Ngatei Hei. It is 846m high. "Maori stories report the presence of eels, kokopu (freshwater fish) and koura (freshwater crayfish) in the swamps."
There are reports of kauri logging and collection of Kauri gum in the area, along with some limited mining. During 1918-1928, 0.3 million feet of kauri was collected from the Table Mountain area. Jim O'Neill "had a hauler 600m in up the southern slopes of Table Mountain feeding a second hauler at loading skids beside Kauaeranga tramline." (Kauaeranga Kauri by B W Hayward) There were also larger amounts of kauri gathered in the surrounding area.
In the 1900s, there is a store that gives its address as Table Mountain. Magill's Store, Table Mountain. There is a John Magill at Gumtown, so this could be a different location.
Further information on Table Mountain:
-> YouTube video of tramp across Table Mountain
-> Geology and eruptive history of Table Mountain area, Coromandel Peninsula
-> TABLE MOUNTAIN (2,745’) is a flat topped mountain with extremely steep sides. There is a very impressive backdrop to the Kauaeranga Valley.
-> Toss Hammond Oral history - trip to Table Mountain 1888 at The Treasury
-> Map of the Kauaeranga Valley and Table Mountain.
A comment below mentions another artist who painted around Thames. Here is some background on artist William Henry Longmuir Smith: