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I have been hard at work on my new blog - First Year on the Thames Goldfield written for Thames' 150th commemorations starting in August this year.  If you would like to sign up for weekly emails - click here - http://www.firstyearthamesgoldfield.co.nz/   T...

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Gold Fever Year is here! 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Thames Goldfields and there will be plenty happening to celebrate this event. I was very fortunate to recieve a grant from TCDC last year to write a blog to commemorate the ear...

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Dead Cert TWO is now available.  If you would like a copy please email mikemeg@slingshot.co.nz

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Dead Cert TWO is currently going through proofing and will be available shortly - watch this space! 

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"I tell you plainly: we suspect foul play." James 'Jimmy' Adams, 1880
W S Greenville's battery.  "I have been threatened by a person . . ." In the early hours of Christmas morning, 1880,  Edward Scott was woken by a dog barking. The fishmonger, who lived in Cook Street, Hape Creek, Thames, then heard footsteps going towards w...

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Far beyond this world of changes - Kuaotunu Cemetery.
 An edited version of this  story   originally  appeared in the Mercury Bay Informer (9/2/2016) Thank  you to Stephan Bosman, Editor, for permission to publish the full  story  on this blog and for use of his photos For an informative read on all the news f...

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Weary with the march of life. Charles (Charlie) O'Hagan, 1888
An awful early morning discovery. Tararu Cemetery Road entrance to the left.   Through the dim dawn of a mid-winter morning an astonished Francis McCormick noticed a body lying on its back, eerily on the Cemetery Road at Tararu. Francis, a farmer who lived ...

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Out Now! Thames Coromandel's 'Summer' Magazine with a 'Dead Cert' feature. Plus photos by Mike Hawkes illustrating 'Dead Cert' and the tekoteko in 'Carving Kaitiakitanga'. Available free of charge from Thames Coromandel District Council's and libraries. ...

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'Simply to Thy cross I cling'. Fred Whyte and John 'Jack' O'Malley. Waihi, 1910.
Miners on the morning shift at Waihi mine descending the shaft in a cage. It was a rushing noise in the No 4 shaft of the Waihi mine which caught the attention of a miner named Manuel.  On that Thursday in March 1910 he was working on  a winch in the chambe...
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