Tuesday, 19 May 2015





104% funded thanks to YOU!  I am hugely grateful to everyone who donated and/or sent messages of support.  This was quite a step into the unknown!  A proof copy of the book is now being printed and - all being well - Dead Cert will be hitting the shelves shortly.  Thank you one and all once again - I couldn't have done it without you.





Friday, 15 May 2015

WE DID IT!!  100%  fully funded overnight!  To say I am humbled by all your support is an understatement.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported and donated to this project. On seeing the result I burst into tears and burnt the breakfast - time now to dry my eyes and get cracking -  I have a book to get printed!



Thursday, 14 May 2015

The finishing line is in sight! With only four days to go donations have reached 85% of the target. This is just AWESOME! Thank you!!!! If you would like to donate there is still time - . . https://www.boosted.org.nz/…/dead-cert-stories-from-thames,…


"The struggle of Mary Strange was an inspiration to all who witnessed it and a great testament to this extraordinary woman of faith" - from the chapter 'A Great Crown in Heaven' - a very special story of the tragic death of Mother Mary Agnes in 1972.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

We are nearly there!  78% of donations and just five days to go!  THANK YOU to those who have donated.  If you would like to donate - there is still time - go to . https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/dead-cert-stories-from-thames,-paeroa-and-waihi-cemeteries

“A good deal of excitement is prevailing at Hikutaia over the case,” announced the Ohinemuri Gazette.   At an adjourned inquest Dr Couzens attributed the death to drowning.  But, telephoned the special correspondent mysteriously, “This theory is not altogether upheld and it is likely further developments will take place.”  The strange ending of Fred Clay in 1915  from the chapter 'If anything happens to me.'

Fred Clay's grave at Omahu cemetery. 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Awesome!  We have reached 70% of the donation target!  There are now just six days to go to get Dead Cert the book on the shelves.  If you would like to help go to  https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/dead-cert-stories-from-thames,-paeroa-and-waihi-cemeteries
A HUGE thank you to those who have donated and/or sent messages of support.

Louise de Varga -
"Only $750 needed to get this wonderful boosted.org.nz project up and printed. Make sure you read the story behind the project as Meaghan has really captured the tortured times of Thames' early pioneers." 


"No man’s name was ever mentioned by Annie and no-one had the slightest suspicion of her condition. Annie is buried at Paeroa where nothing remains of her grave.  Gone with her too is the web of secrets, lies, missing bottles and the era of  girls in service being taken advantage of, the shame that prevented them from going home and the desperate measures they resorted to." - From the chapter 'If only I could sleep - Annie Best 1896."

The unmarked grave of Annie Best, Paeroa cemetery.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

WOW! Over halfway there with donations help get Dead Cert on the shelves!!! We have 13 days to go so let's see if we can make this a reality. If you would like to help - go to https://www.boosted.org.nz/…/dead-cert-stories-from-thames,… Thank you, thank you, thank you to those who have donated - I am just blown away!

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What do an Australian Bushranger and Thames have in common? The story of Kate Brown and outlaw Frank Gardiner feature in the chapter 'The Bushrangers Paramour' of the Dead Cert book currently being crowd funded. If you would like to donate please go to the link below. THANK YOU to those who have donated!
"In January 1868 they eventually washed up at Tapu Creek, Thames - an area abundant in mineral wealth not yet fully prospected, lying directly under a mountain range and very picturesque. But the promises of gold and scenic charms were unnoticed by the miserable Kate. Only a few days after they arrived at the goldfields in Tapu Dick Taylor ran from their tent crying out “My wife has shot herself.”



Frank Gardiner


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  'On removing the soil the constable inspected the small white matchwood chocolate box which measured about 12 by 8 inches. It was wrapped in a large sheet of brown paper. On the paper was printed a label addressed to someone in Waihi – but the centre had been torn off obliterating the name. On opening the box a lady’s old violet shawl was found and wrapped in this the constable found a newly born female child . . .' This 1902 discovery is featured in the chapter 'The Waihi burial mystery' of the Dead Cert book currently being crowd funded. If you would like to donate please go to the link below. THANK YOU to those who have donated. Sorry I cannot personally thank those who have donated anonymously but please know your support is truly appreciated.


Waihi cemetery

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'John ran and got his mother, who came out immediately. She had known Mrs Walls for several years as a customer for groceries and had seen her nearly every day for the last three years. She now appeared very strange and not at all right. Mrs Baxter cried “Murder!” Margaret laid down the axe beside the children and walked up to the entrance . . .' The true story of young Patrick and Mary Anne Walls, killed in 1875 by their mother, is featured in the chapter 'The Grahamstown Murders' of the Dead Cert book currently being crowd funded. If you would like to donate please go to the link below. THANK YOU to those who have donated or sent messages of support - hugely appreciated.


Unmarked grave of  the Walls children

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Baz Cleverley "Some tremendous work going on by these Thames based folk that will ensure that the heritage, and indeed, the recipe for the continuing success of this great NZ Town will survive and flourish. I am so privileged to have 'ended up' in my later years, in Waihi, but also within the boundaries of the great NZ Story of brave men and women that fought and died during the great wars, and also took their lives and livelihoods in their hands as they ventured onto the mighty Coromandel Gold fields to sink of swim at the whim of Mother Nature... People like Meghan, and all of those associated with the Thames Treasury and the NZ Tunnelers etc are our NEW Gold for the County and anything we can do to help should be done...Looking forward to being able to read the new book as the last one, "From Gold mine to Firing line" is an absolute privilege for me to have amongst MY treasured possessions."

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