Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thames (NZ): HOTELS OF THAMES booklet

Yes finally, ten plus years of research has been resurrected and put into booklet form. Just got the proof copy from KMG PRINT (who as always do a wonderful job). So copies should be available by the end of the month once proofing done, although you can almost guarantee a few typos will still sneak through.

Title: HOTELS OF THAMES: The A to Z of Hotels on the Thames Goldfield. 104 Pages, soft cover, A4.

Includes: name of hotel, trading period, location, publicans and a few snippets of history.

Lots of photographs of actual hotel or in many cases the location area, as sadly there are some hotels without an identified location or photo. BUT there are lots of extras to give the reader the fell for what life was like at the Thames.

So the town that boasted 100 pubs, probably had at least 140 plus, not all trading at once but over a decade or two.

Today, the only hotels to be trading are the Junction and the Hotel Imperial, while the Cornwall Arms lives on in the Thames Workingmen's Club.

Above: Hotel Imperial, corner Sealey and Pollen Streets 2017.
Below: Junction Hotel, corner Pollen and Pahau Streets 2017.

Above: The old 'Lady Bowen' and 'Park Royal' Hotel in Brown Street, Thames 2017.
Below: The old 'Shortland', 'Cornwall Arms', and 'Salutation Hotel', Thames 2017.
Below: The old Brian Boru Hotel, now "The Brew' Café on the ground floor.