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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
9:30pm - 2:30pm   

Heritage Painting Workshops


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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. 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
11am - 3pm   

Transportation display from The Treasury Collection


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A display of transport related material from The Treasury Collection. Come and view during our normal opening hours, Monday, Thursday - Saturday. 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
  

Horse & Gig Memorabilia


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Visit the display at the Historical Museum relating to transportation in the early days. This will be centred around the Horse & Gig.

Venue: Thames Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Thames
Price: Gold coin donation
Contact: The Museum  Ph: Tba
  Email: thamesmuseum@xtra.co.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
to Thursday
14th March
7pm - 9pm   

Heritage Painting Workshops


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


Tuesday
12th March
  

Lectures: 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). Lecture on Tuesday is at 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


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


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. 11am 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


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


Saturday
16th March
8am - 12pm   

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.

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.

Venue: Grahamstown Hall, Pollen Street, Thames
Price: Competitors Entry Fee $4.00; Spectators No Charge
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. 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
11pm - 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, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Koha
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227
  Email: tsm@heritage.org.nz


Saturday
16th March
  

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.

Venue: Goldmine Experience, SH 25, North Thames
Price: Tba
Contact: Tba  Ph: Tba
  Email: Tba


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.

Venue: Steampunk Central, Queen Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: $15.00 for Passport Holders; $20.00 at Door.
Contact: www.steampunkthethames.org  Ph: Tba
  Email: Tba


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).

Venue: Steampunk Central, 300a Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: Gold coin to Exhibition; Workshops may incur a charge.
Contact: www.steampunkthethames.org  Ph: Tba
  Email: Tba


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
Price: Tba
Contact: Russell Skeet  Ph: Tba
  Email: rskeet@xtra.co.nz


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