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OMAHU cemetery THAMES
17 Wharepoa Rd, Thames, Thames-Coromandel
Waikato  New Zealand

Cemetery notes and/or description:
The Thames Goldfields were established by proclamation in July 1867 and the towns of Grahamstown and Shortland sprang up to accommodate the rush of miners. These areas, along with Parawai and Moanataiari, make up the present town of Thames. People came from all over the world, including tin miners from Cornwall, whose skills were needed to dig the shafts down to the gold bearing quartz reefs. Most of the gold was obtained by crushing tons of quartz rock in big stamper batteries. Gold mining continued through boom and bust periods until the 1930's. Kauri timber milling was the other main industry in the early days and later with the draining of the Hauraki swamp, dairy farming was established. Other industries such as engineering, ship building and brewing, as well as shops and hotels kept people employed and shipping was the main form of transportation until the railway line opened in 1899.

OMAHU CEMETERY DATABASE
- also for -
OLD CEMETERIES:
Shortland
Tararu

CURRENT CEMETERIES:
Whangamata
Totara Memorial Park - Thames
Buffalo - Coromandel
Tairua & Serviceman's
Mercury Bay - Ferry Landing
Colville
Christ Church Anglican

The Council hold historic records for:
Tapu - Thames Coast
Allan Block - Whangamata
Kuaotunu

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