Story: Hauraki–Coromandel region

New Year in Grahamstown, Thames, 1880s

New Year in Grahamstown, Thames, 1880s

This Christmas and New Year card produced by the firm of A. D. Willis of Whanganui depicted the industrial side of the Thames goldfield, around 20 years after it had first been worked. In the factories shown here in the Grahamstown part of Thames, quartz was crushed to extract the gold within. Foundries manufactured the quartz-crushing equipment. By this time yields from the Thames field were falling; it was soon to be displaced by Waihī as the centre of Coromandel mining.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Chromolithograph by Archibald Dudingston Willis

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Paul Monin, 'Hauraki–Coromandel region - Gold mining', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Paul Monin, updated 1 Apr 2016