Thursday, October 28, 2010

1946 WISES NZ Post Office Directory for THAMES

Well having saved the pennies I got this CD from Colonial Books, not expecting tooooo much, so as not to be disappointed, but what a gem. 2 CDs and loads of names.

Often with the Wises Directories you dont always get full listings for families not in business and can be disappointed when the streets are lumped together with all householders alphabetically and not by street intersect.

For THAMES it is perfect and streets are generally laid out in order so you can work out where your family was  living.

My Grandfather F E CORNES is in Pollen Street (Right side from Burke Street, between the Walter Street and Mary Street intersects) about where the Vets office is now.

My other Grandfather C BARKER is in Sealey Street (Left side from the sea, just before the Sandes Street intersect). This I knew, it is the old house on the Eastern corner of Sealey and Edward Street - but still great to see in print!

Definetly worth a look and may help solve some electoral roll problems all round New Zealand.

I have many earlier directories available for perusal at my website.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Searching the THAMES STAR at Papers Past

searching just got even easier with the addition of the facility to SHOW PREVIEW IMAGES

Go to Advanced search page and put a tick beside the box SHOW PREVIEW IMAGES

Now you get to see a snippet of each entry.

Remember to select THAMES STAR in the newspaper list if you just want entries from the Thames paper.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

WWI Ballot names for Thames district

Well more wealth of information at Papers Past.
The Thames Star and Ohinemuri Gazette have published lists of names for reservists and others who enlisted.

Lists of Reservists were drawn up by ballot under the Military Service Act of 1916.
I found that good search words were BALLOT and HAURAKI also "CALLED TO THE COLOURS"

There are over 15 Ballots that I have found, so unless someone wants all of them I'll post a couple
Ballot one published 25 Nov 1916, 15th Ballot published 25 april 1918
Others 24 July 1918 with lots of names

You can also see reports of the court cases where people asked to be left off the lists for family or occupation reasons.

Good hunting