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Thames Heritage Festival 2019

- Friday 15th March to Sunday 17th March 2019 -

Day by Day Calendar

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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Monday
11th March
to Friday
15th March
9:30am - 2:30pm   

Heritage Painting Workshops For SCHOOLS


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A chance for school children to learn the art of paint making by Wellington artist Barry Thomas and his son Max (fine arts graduate). They will take you through the process from crushing the clay to creating your very own masterpiece. The theme is "Transportation" and you are encouraged to dress in heritage costume. Prizes will be given each day : Booking essential, so telephone the School of Mines now.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: $5.00 pp. Book Now
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Monday
11th March
to Sunday
17th March
  

Boats 'n' Bikes, to Buggies 'n' Buses


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Visit this display on transportation in the early days - horse & gig, bicycle, trains & boats. You can have your photo taken on the "Gig". Also on display is the 150-year history of Thames Hospital, The A&G Price Story, and the Ted Egan Exhibition of models of old Thames buildings made from Kauri. The Museum is open from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Venue: Thames Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Thames
Price: Gold coin donation
Contact: The Museum  Ph: 07.8686509
  Email: thamesmuseum@xtra.co.nz


Monday
11th March
to Friday
12th April
11pm - 3pm   

Transportation display from The Treasury Collection

A display of transport related material from The Treasury Collection. Come and view during our normal opening hours, Monday, Thursday - Saturday. Will remain on display after Heritage Week untill further notice. Please Note: This display will not be accessible during "The Way We Were" lectures times

Venue: The Treasury, Queen Street, Thames
Price: Gold coin donation
Contact: The Treasury  Ph: 07 8688827 or 0212555482
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Monday
11th March
to Sunday
17th March
  

Transportation on Show


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There will be various modes of old transportation on display at the School over the Heritage Festival week. These will be positioned around the buildings.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: Free
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Tuesday
12th March
to Wednesday
13th March
  

Lectures: Transport On The Goldfields


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In the first few years, transport around the goldfields was a nightmare that everyone faced on a daily basis. It started at the beach where there was no wharf for at least a year. Getting food, timber and building materials and essential mining equipment from the beach, along the muddy tracks and up to the claims high on the hills required Herculean efforts. Then they had to find a way to bring what they hoped was gold-laden quartz rock down to the stamping batteries on the flat. Kae Lewis will outline the various transport solutions the miners came up with during the heyday of the Thames Goldfields. Lecture by Kae Lewis - Tuesday 12th March at 11am & Wednesday 13th March 6:30pm

Venue: The Treasury, 705 Queen Street, Thames
Price: $5.00 per Lecture or $15.00 for four Lectures
Contact: The Treasury  Ph: 07 8688827 or 0212555482
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Tuesday
12th March
7pm - 9pm   

Evening Workshops on Heritage Painting


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Come and learn the art of heritage paint making by Wellington artist Barry Thomas and son Max (fine arts graduate), who will take you through the process from crushing the clay to creating your very own masterpiece. The theme this year is transportation: horse-drawn, steam-driven, wind and pedal powered. These classes are for adults and are on Tuesday 12th March and Thursday 14th March in the evening 7.00 to 9.00pm. Bookings essential, so telephone the School of Mines now to book your place.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: $10.00pp - Book Now
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Tuesday
12th March
6:30pm   

Getting to The Goldfield - The Wharves of Thames and Tararu


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Local Archaeologist Dave Wilton will talk about, and show historical and current pictures of the five wharf sites which served the goldfields. The 1930's Burke Street harbour project, which effectively sent the town bankrupt, will also be covered. After the lecture we will drive (own vehicles) to Burke Street to see the remains of the wharf and harbour enclosure (weather and tides permitting). Time: 6.30pm

Venue: The Treasury, 705 Queen Street, Thames
Price: $5.00 per Lecture or $15.00 for four Lectures
Contact: The Treasury  Ph: 07 8688827 or 0212555482
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Tuesday
12th March
to Friday
15th March
  

St. Georges Anglican Church Inspire


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Visit this beautiful church which was opened in 1872, and is based on Gothic stone European buildings. There will be someone available to explain features of this heritage building during the following days of Heritage Week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm, and Thursday 9.30am to 3.00pm.

Venue: St. Georges Anglican Church, 602 Mackay Street, Thames
Price: N/a
Contact: Parish Administrator  Ph: 07.8686267
  Email: info@thamesanglicanchurch.co.nz


Wednesday
13th March
  

Heritage Movies


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The programme includes: "TALL TREES AND THE GOLD" - a documentary about the mining and logging history of the Coromandel and Far North made in 1966 by Shirley Maddock, who was the first NZ woman to officially hold the title of "Television Producer". The film includes clips featuring Alistair Isdale and Toss Hammond, who was 97 at the time. "BILLY GOAT INCLINE" - narrated by Tony Voykovich. "THAMES WATER RACE 1876-1947" narrated by David Wilton. "CROSBIES SETTLEMENT, COROMANDEL FOREST PARK 1880-1970" directed by David Wilton & Vanessa James. "OVER TROUBLED WATER: THE STORY OF THE KOPU BRIDGE" directed by Andrew Neal. SCREENING TIME: 11.00AM & 7.00PM

Venue: Thames Embassy Cinema, 708 Pollen Street, Thames
Price: $10.00pp - Purchase at The Cinema
Contact: Mark Bridgman  Ph: 07.8687273
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Wednesday
13th March
6:30pm - 9pm   

Sugar Cafe Dessert & Coffee Evening


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* Lemon & Lime Cheesecake, served with cream (GF); * Sticky Date Pudding drizzled with Butterscotch Sauce, served with Vanilla-bean Icecream; *Decadent Chocolate Mud Cake, served with Berry Sorbet & Chocolate Berry Sauce; *Tiramisu served with Vanilla-bean Icecream; *Old Fashioned Icecream Sundae or Banana Split. From $12.00. (Kitchen closes at 8.30pm)

Venue: Sugar Cafe, 636 Pollen Street, Thames
Price: Desserts from $12.00
Contact: Sugar Cafe  Ph: 07.8688760
  Email: Tba


Thursday
14th March
to Friday
15th March
  

Lectures: The Railways and Tramways of Thames


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Did you know that the first railway line into Thames was not from Hamilton, but from north of the town? Local Archaeologist, Dave Wilton, will talk about the railway lines and tramways which served the town and goldfield, including sites he has investigated on the ground. The talk will also cover the Kauri Timber Company tramway in the Kauaeranga Valley; including the famous Billygoat Incline, which is regarded as one of NZ's notable engineering feats. Time: 11.00am Thursday 14th, and 6:30pm Friday 15th.

Venue: The Treasury, 705 Queen Street, Thames
Price: $5.00 per Lecture or $15.00 for four Lectures
Contact: The Treasury  Ph: 07 8688827 or 0212555482
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Thursday
14th March
to Friday
15th March
  

Lectures: A Brief History of Steam - The Greeks - A&G Price - Steampunk


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Did you know that the Greeks invented a steam engine? It is about 100 years since my grandfather built a Hero's engine using the Greek design and I will show a video of it in operation. It is 150 years since A&G Price started their engineering company. Building steam engines played a central role in their business for many years, including the production of various locomotives and carriages for the railways and businesses throughout New Zealand and beyond. Many inventions to make use of the energy in steam have been developed over the years, and these will be discussed along with the history of A&G Price; age-old methods of casting, modern testing & quality control, and the use of steam in transport. Lecture by Evan Lewis. Thursday's lecture is at 6.30pm and Friday's at 11.00am.

Venue: The Treasury, 705 Queen Street, Thames
Price: $5.00 per Lecture or $15.00 for four Lectures
Contact: The Treasury  Ph: 078688827 or 0212555482
  Email: info.thetreasury@gmail.com


Thursday
14th March
7pm - 9pm   

Evening Workshops on Heritage Painting

See Tuesday 12th for details.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: $10.00pp - Book Now
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Friday
15th March
5pm - 8pm   

Tinkers Trading Post


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A social gathering of Steampunk creatives. Come and be inspired, create or buy some Victorian themed bric a brac and costumes from Tinkers and Traders

Venue: Steampunk Central, 300a Cochrance Street, Thames
Price: Free entry
Contact: Sue Clark  Ph: 027 7409071
  Email: sue@artatwork.co


Friday
15th March
to Sunday
17th March
  

Art Exhibition - Heritage & Vintage Poster Designs

This exhibition has been cancelled.

Venue: Grahamstown Coffee Shack and Hot Chocolate Cafe
Price: N/a
Contact: Jen Hawkeswood  Ph: 021.2527737
  Email: jenny.hawkeswood67@outlook.com


Saturday
16th March
8am - 1pm   

Thames Heritage Market


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Supporting Thames Heritage Festival with our traditional Heritage Market with many stalls and stallholders alike decked out in vintage things and costumes. Cone along and enjoy the atmosphere.

Venue: Grahamstown, 700 block Pollen Street
Price: Free
Contact: Angelika and Peter Poeschl  Ph: 07-868 9841
  Email: thamesmarket@gmail.com


Saturday
16th March
8am - 1pm   

Petticoats & Pantaloons Competition


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Come dressed in your finest "undergarments" namely petticoats and pantaloons, and enter our fun competition. Judging will take place at 11.00am and you must register before then. There will be trading tables in the Hall. (If you would like to book a table please email Margaret - Cost is $10.00)

Venue: Grahamstown Hall, Pollen Street, Thames
Price: Competitors Entry Fee $4.00; Spectators Free
Contact: Margaret Cropp  Ph: 07.8681024
  Email: croppys@yahoo.co.nz


Saturday
16th March
5pm - 7pm   

Pre-Dinner Promenade


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Come for a leisurely promenade of nearly a kilometre (458 metres each way) across the mighty Waihou River on the Historic Kopu Bridge (Heritage NZ Category 1 Historic Place). This is a rare chance to walk all the way (nearly a kilometre there and back) across the now closed historic bridge which is still in original pre-restoration state (with restoration due to start soon). A stroll should help build the appetite for dinner! Dress up welcomed, bring your top hats, parasols, Victorian or Steampunk dress through to Art Deco era (the bridge was built in 1928). Walking, prams and wheelchairs only please - no bikes, scooters, horses or vehicles. "Mr Whippy" will be in attendance for refreshments, and Rosalie will be storytelling. Entry: Koha ♥ to help Kopu Bridge and Community Trust raise funds to restore the bridge Event by Historic Kopu Bridge and Community Trust and Historic Kopu Bridge Society. Find our more at www.historickopubridge.co.nz or at www.facebook.com/savekopubridge

Venue: Historic Kopu Bridge, Kopu Rd, Thames
Price: Koha (to help with restoration)
Contact: Kim Buchanan  Ph: 07 8685581
  Email: historickopubridge@gmail.com


Saturday
16th March
to Sunday
17th March
11am - 3pm   

Art Exhibition


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This exhibition is of selected artwork which has been completed at the workshops held at The School of Mines during the week. The artwork is created with heritage paint made from crushed clay.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: Koha
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Saturday
16th March
to Sunday
17th March
10am - 3pm   

Steam Up at Goldmine Experience


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The steam engine will be put into action this weekend. This is a rare engine and is only steamed up for special occasions so come along to witness the spectacle. You can also explore the photographic museum, view a video presentation, discover mining relics, pan for gold, and check out the Cave Weta Colony!! (torch and covered footwear needed for this). With a guide you can watch the 19th century stamper battery in action, or you can take a self-guided tour ($15.00 per adult; $5.00 children under 13 years)(Tour groups 20% discount). This wonderful attraction has been built, refurbished, resurrected, and installed over many years by volunteers from the Hauraki Prospectors Association.

Venue: Goldmine Experience, SH 25, North Thames
Price: Tba
Contact: Alan Young  Ph: 027.2226379
  Email: valleyliquid@actrix.gen.nz


Saturday
16th March
7pm - 11:30pm   

Zeppelin by Night


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A Led Zeppelin inspired dance party and social with DJ and percussionist Martin Marshall. Cash Bar. Great company. Light supper. Steampunk costume encouraged but not compulsory: Theme is transportation. Enjoy a meal at The Boilerhouse Bar & Dinery beforehand and receive a 10% discount on your meal with presentation of your ticket to Zeppelin by Night. Visit www.steampunkthethames.org

Venue: Steampunk Central, Queen Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: $15.00 Online ; $20.00 at Door.
Contact: Diane Connors  Ph: 021.1770746
  Email: sar@slingshot.co.nz


Saturday
16th March
to Sunday
17th March
9am - 3pm   

ZEPPELIN BY DAY


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An exhibition of steampunk transportation. There will also be goggle-making workshops and a photo booth (these may incur charges). Visit www.steampunkthethames.org

Venue: Steampunk Central, 300a Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: Gold coin to Exhibition; Workshops may incur a charge.
Contact: Diane Connors  Ph: 021.1770746
  Email: sar@slingshot.co.nz


Saturday
16th March
to Sunday
17th March
10am - 3pm   

Open Days at The Pumphouse


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It has been nearly 100 years since the Pumphouse engines last operated, but the original massive counter-balanced pumping quadrants are still in place over the main mineshaft, together with the recreated five metre diameter flywheels. Take a walk through this historic building and marvel at how it operated during the goldrush days in early Thames. On display are the original plans from 1896 of the 23-metre Poppet Head, which is going to be re-constructed when funds become available. There are also many photographs of mining and old Thames on display.

Venue: Bella Street Pumphouse, Cnr Waiokaraka Road and Bella Street, Thames
Price: Gold coin donation
Contact: Cara Penney  Ph: 07.8687820
  Email: carapenney01@gmail.com


Saturday
16th March
1pm   

Vintage Auction


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Check out the wares up for auction at Seagulls during the week before auction day. Monday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm; Saturday & Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm

Venue: Seagull Centre, 104 Burke Street, Thames
Price: N/a
Contact: Seagull Centre  Ph: 028.4062758
  Email: N/a


Sunday
17th March
10am - 4pm   

Boats 'n' Bikes, to Buggies 'n' Buses


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Visit the display at the Historical Museum relating to transportation in the early days. There with be opportunities to have your photo taken with the "Gig", and with the bikes (Penny farthings). There will be mini tours throughout Sunday 17th March as well as story telling.

Venue: Thames Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Thames
Price: Gold coin donation
Contact: The Museum  Ph: 07.8688509 Museum
  Email: thamesmuseum@xtra.co.nz


Sunday
17th March
  

Ride a Train


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Have a ride on the small-gauge train running on Sunday. The children will love to ride on these miniature trains, as will the grownups!!

Venue: Thames Small Gauge Railway, 401 Brown Street, Thames
Price: $2.00pp or $10.00 for 7 rides (3+years old)
Contact: Russell Skeet  Ph: 07.8687955 (Leave message)
  Email: rskeet@xtra.co.nz


Sunday
17th March
2pm   

Development of The Safety Bicycle


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A presentation by Arthur Harsant on the history of the bicycle, from the earliest "dandy-horse" and velocipede "bone-shakers", up to the modern safety bicycle that provided transport for the masses and is still the most universal transport option around the world. On show will be several vintage machines, including a "penny farthing" and a 1917 Hauraki Bike built right here in Thames. Readings from the Vintage Ladies Poetry Group will open this event.

Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Entry by Koha
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Sunday
17th March
10am - 11am   

Thames Union Parish - Heritage Service


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All welcome to attend a heritage church service by Rev Peter Bristow, for Thames Heritage Week. Reaching back into some of the traditions of the Church - using the King James Bible and singing historic hymns. Heritage 'Dress up' welcome.

Venue: St James Church, Corner Pollen & Pahau Streets, Thames
Price: N/A
Contact: Church Office  Ph: 868-6123
  Email: tup@xtra.co.nz


Sunday
17th March
  

St. Georges Anglican Church


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Visit this beautiful church which opened in 1872. Its magnificent architecture is based on Gothic stone European style.

Venue: St. Georges' Anglican Church, 602 Mackay Street, Thames
Price: N/a
Contact: St. Georges  Ph: 07.8686267
  Email: vicar@thamesanglicanchurch.co.nz


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