Thursday, January 3, 2019

Thames (NZ): New Year, New Thoughts

For those that read the blog  frequently or infrequently, you may have noticed that posts had somewhat dried up of late. It hasn't been a great time researching in Thames for a variety of reasons, so its hard to find motivation to continue with new projects. 

I need to 'break the drought' or 'close' the blog - in the meantime here is an interesting card that was for sale on trademe a short time ago. (see right)

The enlarged view below, shows that the photo was taken from the north west corner of Mary and Pollen Street, just north of the South African War Memorial.

Its an unusual view, that looks at the shops on the eastern side of Pollen Street, the named ones are J Danby's shoe shop and W S Wylie's. 

Do you know what is the best thing abut this photo and what distinguishes it so much as a great reminder of Thames shops? The verandah blinds!! At least that is the lasting memory I have. 

Shopkeepers had beautiful display windows and took pride in protecting the sale items, hence the need for these outdoor awnings to prevent damage from the sun.

Well thats all for now. If you are researching Thames history or a family line - email and I may be able to help. In the meantime I have a few sources online - there are some lost links, but many still work. Examples are: Electoral Rolls, Street Directories

Also from this blog you will find pages devoted to the local cemeteries and schools.
Need some help researching your family in Thames, let me know.