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Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 6, October 1966

Post Offices

Dear Mrs. Climie,

It was with great pleasure that I read the article in the paper about your activities in what I call the Thames Postal District..

For the last two years there has been a society in Auckland which digs out the history of post offices all over New Zealand. The Society became an Incorporated body approximately a year ago and as you can imagine the members are inclined to specialize.. my particular forte is the Auckland area with a leaning to the Whangarei and Thames areas..

Our aim is in the main to possess a post office datestamp impression of each and every post office. The difficulty of accomplishing this may readily be realised from the attached list of post offices in your district. Many have been closed for years. However it is quite amazing what turns up for those who try.

The list I give you, you will realise, has taken many hours of most exhausting research and I hope it may be of some use to you..

Of course I too am looking for something all the time and I would very much appreciate it if you ever come across any old envelopes bearing stamps relating to these closed post offices if I could hear of then for date details (or get them for keeps???) Also we are most interested in hearing of the names of postmasters and their period of office.. also any stories about them. As your article says we are slowly losing all our old history and unless we can get on to it and get it recorded it will be lost for all time.

We.. the Postal History Society of New Zealand Incorporated, will appreciate any help you can give us particularly details of the site of the offices long since closed.

(JOHN A. COOPER) LIBRARIAN AND COUNCIL MEMBER. 184 Hurstmere Road, TAKAPUNA.

POST OFFICE

OPENED

POST OFFICE

OPENED

Tauranga

15.12.1857

Kuaotunu

1.12.1889

Kapanga

6.8.1862 = Coromandel

Cryer's Landing

1.2.1890

Cabbage Bay

1.1.1863 = Colville

Athenree

5.6.1890

Whitianga or Mercury Bay

1.7.1863

Opitonui

10.1.1891

Driving Creek

1.7.1866 (Upper Coromandel)

Parawai

1.6.1891

Shortland

1.9.1867 (South end Thames)

Upper Kuaotunu

1.9.1891

Kirikiri

1.9.1867

Port Charles

1.4.1893

Tairua, also St. Andrew's (Kennedy's Bay)

1.5.1868

Kopu

29.9.1893

Grahamstown

1.7.1868

Waikino

15.10.1896

Hastings (Tapu)

1.7.1868

Golden Cross (Upper Waitekauri Valley)

2.11.1896

Tararu

1.1.1869

Hikuai

1.3.1897

Puriri as Purere

1.6.1869 (Puriri 25.5.1875)

Komata

6.4.1897

Thames

24.3.1870 = Shortland

Maratoto

6.12.1897

Paeroa

1.1.1872

Omahu

16.12.1899

Tokatea

1.1.1872

THAMES POSTAL AREA – FROM 1900

Kuranui

1.3.1874 (North of Grahamstown)

Amodeo Bay

1.8.1901

Hikutaia

1.10.1874

Puketui

1.3.1902

Mackaytown

1.4.1875 and 1.11.1902 (closed: 9.6.87; 31.8.15)

Kaueranga

27.8.1903

Neavesville

16.11.1875 (Nevesville)

Wharepoa

5.10.1903

Katikati

1.3.1876

Matatoki

30.3.1905

Waitekauri

15.11.1876; (closed 31.3.46)

Mangaiti

1.6.1907

Turua

1.5.1878

Opoutere

23.1.1907

Owharoa

14.2.1879

Whenuakite

2.9.1907

Waihou

1.4.1880

Moehau

16.11.1907

Te Aroha

21.11.1880

Kerepehi

3.10.1908

Thames

1.8.1881 = Grahamstown

Komata North

3.2.1912

Aongatete

1.8.1881

Pipiroa

1.3.1912

Te Puke

1.3.1881

Ngatea

27.3.1912

Coromandel (Kapanga & Waiau)

1.2.1882

Kopuarahi

4.3.1914

Leahytown (Waitekauri area ?)

21.2.1882

Colville (Cabbage Bay)

1.3.1922

Tiki (Matawai)

18.8.1882

Coroglen (Gumtown)

1.7.1922

Tapu (Hastings)

1.9.1882

Torehape

20.12.1922

Waihi

1.11.1882

Tirohia

4.5.1923

Shaftesbury

1.1.1883

Waihi Beach

8.10.1925

Waiorongomai

1.1.1883

Thornton's Bay

16.8.1926

Whangapoua

1.12.1883

Puru (near Waiomu)

1.3.1928

Waiomu

1.1.1884

Coromandel Harbour

3.9.1940

Quartzville

12.4.1884

Thames North

16.6.1944

Kennedy's Bay

1.7.1884

Thames (present)

28.1.1938

Netherton

1.3.1885

   

Karangahake

14.9.1885

We are grateful for M. Cooper's assistance and hope to be able to help him. He has joined our Society. (Ed).

Gumtown

1.2.1887

Whangamata

1.7.1888

Te Rerenga

15.8.1889

 


Tajong Lobang School, Miri, SARAWAK.

I was delighted to receive the May Journal, have greatly enjoyed it, and shall be keeping my subscription going! This town has 15,500 people and all the usual amenities. The house is by far the nicest we have ever lived in - very airy 2,500 ft., and we're all enjoying the life and eastern food.- - - The School is very modern and the hard working Students (Forms 4 to 6) pay to attend. They have to sit two exams to get to us and if they don't work they are sent home. Seems tough, but on the whole they are lovely pupils so teaching here is a rewarding experience. In the holidays Doug and I are off up-river with a small expedition in connection with the Sarawak Museum. We shall excavate a cave and shall have a professional archaeologist with us. It ought to be interesting to get into the Jungle and a good opportunity to learn more about archaeology which I find fascinating - as I did those Maori Canoe Rock Drawings in the Kaiangaroa Forest. At Christmas, we hope to do a round trip by sea to the Sabah Ports and Bankok. The whole family will go including Gran who enjoys everything. She is of great interest to the locals who all ask her age.

Very kindest regards; please remember me to the Society members giving them my best wishes.

MARTIN WlLSON. (May news from Sarawak improve! Ed.). (formerly of Te Aroha College Staff).


Glass Model of the Martha Mine

Some further details have come to hand regarding the "Glass Model of the Martha Mine", referred to in our May Journal [Journal No. 5: Glass Model of Martha Mine - E].

"Although the Glass Slides were the work of Mr. Walter Johnston and his staff - including Mr. Stewart Walmsley - the Wooden Cabinet, in which the slides were displayed, was built later by the late Mr. B.W. Taylor on the instructions of the Waihi Borough Council. This work was completed in October 1913 when the Model was sent to the Wellington Exhibition. Mr. Taylor was also in 1911, responsible for the construction of the Model of the Pithead Plant at the Martha Coy's No. 6. Shaft, now on exhibition at the Waihi Museum. It included the Winding Engine, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, the Poppet Heads and Legs, and self tipping Skips which conveyed the Ore to the surface and the hoppers. The Model involved a great deal of tedious work and correct measurement".

HARRY MILLS (late engineering Staff). (We shall be referring to these models again at a later date. Ed.)