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Thames Heritage Festival 2020

- Saturday 14th March to Sunday 15th March 2020 -

A festival of yesteryears - join us in costume and bring the young ones.
One day they'll be in charge of our heritage.

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Saturday
14th March
to Sunday
15th March
  

HERITAGE WEEKEND - Thames : One Town, Many Tales


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A variety of events will be happening at the historic attractions in Thames - Thames Museum, School of Mines, The Treasury, The Pumphouse, The Goldmine Experience, The Historic Kopu Bridge. See website for details : www.thamesheritage.co.nz. PRESENTED BY THAMES HERITAGE NETWORK: THAMES - ONE TOWN, MANY TALES

Venue: Thames Town
Price: See each event
Contact: Margaret Cropp  Ph: 07 8681024
  Email: croppys@yahoo.co.nz


Saturday
14th March
4pm   

Historic Grahamstown Guided Walk with Russell Skeet


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This walk takes 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Discover the heart of goldmining Thames, its history, architecture, and people. You will need comfortable footwear, and a bottle of water. A 16-page handout is available for a donation/koha.

Venue: Meet at The School Of Mines, Cochrane Strret, Thames
Price: Koha
Contact: Russell Skeet  Ph: 07.8687955
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Saturday
14th March
to Sunday
15th March
10am - 4pm   

Steam Up!! At Goldmine Experience


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Unique in New Zealand, come and see historic mining machinery running in a rebuilt 19th Century Stamper Battery. You can also explore the photographic museum, discover mining relics, pan for gold, and check out the Cave Weta Colony (torch and covered footwear needed). This wonderful attraction has been rebuilt over many years by volunteers from the Hauraki Prospectors Association - an amazing feat.

Venue: Thames Goldmine Experience, SH25/Queen Street, Thames
Price: $15 for Adults & $5 for Children (includes tour and access to the site)
Contact: Tom Barker  Ph: 07 868 8514
  Email: tour.manager@goldmine-experience.co.nz


Saturday
14th March
10:30pm   

Ted Egan


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Chat with Ted Egan about making his "Pioneer Thames" building models. Ted will be available from 10.30am until 12.00 noon. (The image for this event is by Peter James Quinn)

Venue: Thames Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Thames
Price: Museum Entry Adults $5 Children free
Contact: Ron Jamieson  Ph: 07 8688509 or 021.750824
  Email: ronjamieson@xtra.co.nz


Saturday
14th March
10:30am - 12:30pm   

Stories From The Thames


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10:30am - "Striking a fortune" 1867, 10:45am - "Lynchmob at Kuranui Bay" 1868, 11:00am - The Royal Visit and the Raceday" 1869, 11:15am - "Armed Guard at St Georges Church Hall" 1972, 11:30am "Inferno of Shortland" 1872, 11:45am - "John Hall's Forest: 1872, 12:15pm - "The Heaviest Sleeper was Woken" 1886

Venue: Thames Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Thames
Price: Museum Entry Adults $5 Children free
Contact: Ron Jamieson  Ph: 07 8688509
  Email: ronjamieson@xtra.co.nz


Saturday
14th March
1pm   

A Bit of Bling


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"A Bit of Bling" Ukulele Group in a pioneer setting. This will get your feet tapping so come along and join in the fun.

Venue: Thames Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Thames
Price: Museum Entry Adults $5 Children free
Contact: Ron Jamieson  Ph: 07 8688509
  Email: thamesmuseum@xtra.co.nz


Saturday
14th March
11am - 12pm   

The 19th Century Worldwide Stampede for Gold: Thames in context


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Come along to hear Kae Lewis, author of "Goldrush to the Thames - New Zealand, 1867 to 1869" speak on the Worldwide Stampede for Gold, putting Thames in context. 11.00am to 12.00 noon.

Venue: The Treasury, 705 Queen Street, Thames
Price: Gold Coin Donation
Contact: Rhonda Merrie  Ph: 078688827
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Saturday
14th March
1pm - 1:30pm   

The Treasury Roadshow@home


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Come along for a short presentation about Who we are, What we do & How we do it. Question time at the end.

Venue: The Treasury, 705 Queen Street, Thames
Price: Free
Contact: Rhonda Merrie  Ph: 078688827
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Saturday
14th March
5pm - 7pm   

Peace Cycle/Walk across the Historic Kopu Bridge


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To acknowledge recent hardship events in both New Zealand and Australia. Also "Crossing the Waihou" told by Miss Rosalie

Venue: The Historic Kopu Bridge
Price: Koha welcomed
Contact: Kim Buchanan  Ph: 07 8685581
  Email: historickopubridge@gmail.com


Saturday
14th March
to Sunday
15th March
11am   

Pan for Gold


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Pan for Gold Saturday 14th 11am & 1pm Sunday 15th 11am The School of Mines is located on the corner of Brown and Cochrane Streets, Thames

Venue: Thames school of Mines, Rock Shop & Mineral Museum
Price: $10.00
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Saturday
14th March
5:30pm   

Land, Context & Heritage, a Thames case study


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With Thamesite Archaeologist, Tom Barker. Learn how to go about researching the history of a section of land and what resources are available to help uncover the story of a place. The case study will be based around a section of land associated with A & G Price.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, Rock Shop & Mineral Museum
Price: Koha/Gold Coin
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07 8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Saturday
14th March
to Sunday
15th March
10pm - 3pm   

Chat with us at Thames Museum


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Chat with model pioneer building craftsman, Ted Egan; get your feet tapping with A Bit of Bling Ukulele Group in a pioneer setting; get research and writing tips from Thames Genealogy group; hear stories about the gold mining days. Activities for children

Venue: Thames Museum cnr Cochrane and Pollen streets
Price: adults $5, children with an adult Free
Contact: Carolyn McKenzie  Ph: 0278686072
  Email: carolynmckenzie@libero.it


Saturday
14th March
to Sunday
15th March
11pm - 1pm   

Gold Panning

Family fun. Buy a bag guaranteed to have gold in it and learn from our expert tutors the art of gold panning using equipment provided. Saturday 11am and 1pm Sunday 11am.

Venue: Thames School of Mines
Price: $10 per bag.
Contact: The Rock Shop  Ph: 078686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Sunday
15th March
10am - 3pm   

Bella Street Pumphouse


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Take a walk through this historic building to see how it worked during the goldrush days in early Thames. It has been nearly 100 years since the Pumphouse engines last operated, but original massive counter-balanced pumping quadrants are still in place over the main mine shaft. There is a comprehensive photographic display to take you back all those years.

Venue: Bella Street Pumphouse, 212 Bella Street, Thames
Price: Entry by Koha
Contact: Cara Penney  Ph: 07 8687820
  Email: info@bellastreetpumphouse.com


Sunday
15th March
10:30am - 2:30pm   

Thames Genealogists & Family History Writers


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Thames Genealogists share hints on researching and writing family history. Two sessions - 10:30 to 12pm and 1pm to 2:30pm

Venue: Thames Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Thames
Price: Museum Entry: Adults $5, Children free
Contact: Museum  Ph: 07-868 8509
  Email: thamesmuseum@xtra.co.nz


Sunday
15th March
10am - 3pm   

Train Rides for Young and Old


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900 meters of fun along a foreshore circuit which includes a tunnel and recalls Thames' railway history dating from 1870. This is for everyone - young and old!! 10.00am to 3.00pm (Weather Permitting)

Venue: Thames Small Gauge Railway, 401 Brown Street, Thames
Price: $2 per ride
Contact: Russell Skeet  Ph: 07 8687955 (leave message)
  Email: rskeet@xtra.co.nz


© Thames Heritage Event Trust 2020