Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thames (NZ): Military photographs at the Thames Museum

It never ceases to amaze me, the many treasures that are in the collection at the Thames Museum. The exhibits are always worth a visit. Whether it be the models of famous buildings around the old town, the shops, house displays or the crockery items. Plus many more quality items.
When you visit, time should be taken to view the photographs available. If you have a specific area of interest, mention it to the staff who will probably be able to find something of note. Today I was looking at the World War One photographs and also viewed many relating to the early militia groups in the town. One example is of the 1910 Thames Rifles team that won the Kenny Cup.
The men are: Back row Private R Senior, Private Causley. Front Row Private Brownlee, Col-Sgt Amy and Private E Senior.

The No 1 Thames Rifle Group feature in many shooting competitions around 1910. And there are a number of cups mentioned,  including the Ensor Bros and Roger Cups. Color-Sergt Amy makes several mentions regarding his excellent shooting results.

The newspapers reported the 1910 shooting Kenny cup result, and in 1911wondered if anyone would be able to displace the Thames team?
Ohinemuri Gazette 2 February 1910
Ohinemuri Gazette 18 January 1911