Friday, 16 June 2017

I have been hard at work on my new blog - First Year on the Thames Goldfield written for Thames' 150th commemorations starting in August this year.  If you would like to sign up for weekly emails - click here - http://www.firstyearthamesgoldfield.co.nz/  There is a subscribe box to the right of the page.

I have come across many more potential Dead Cert stories during my research and I hope normal transmission of Dead Certs will resume in the future!


Friday, 6 January 2017


Gold Fever Year is here! 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Thames Goldfields and there will be plenty happening to celebrate this event. I was very fortunate to recieve a grant from TCDC last year to write a blog to commemorate the early days on the goldfield. The blog will go live around August 1, 2017 and run for a full year showing how a sparsely populated area transformed into a booming goldmining town in just 12 months. The blog will be updated weekly and coincide with what was happening in Thames 150 years ago that week. The project won't be a boring timeline of events but a collection of interesting, amusing and fascinating tales. I have been working hard on this behind the scenes for the past eight months & have nearly 200,000 words of notes soon to be whittled down into something I hope does Thames justice! There are plenty of things planned for the 150th by all sorts of clever people - it looks to be a great celebration for Thames.