Treasure Chest Thursday: More local history online

A while ago I wrote about re-visiting old family history magazines; today I would like to bring your attention to a couple of local history magazine collections we have on our shelves n the Research Centre. They were published by the Auckland Historical Society which later became the Auckland – Waikato Historical Society and the Ohinemuri Regional History Journal.

If you have connections to Auckland, Waikato or the Thames, Wahi, Paeroa areas these will be of interest to you. The journals include articles about early days in the district, maps, many high quality photographs, lists of different historical society members with their addresses, material relating to both Maori and Europeans, early settlers etc.

For those of you unable to travel to Auckland you will be please to know that the Ohinemuri Regional History Journal has been digitised and is available on-line free of charge at and extends from 1964-2012.

One of the photographs that caught my imagination is of the Waihi Golf Club members at Hollis Bush about 1913.

Image courtesy of the Ohinemuri Regional History Journal
Journal 10, October 1968
Each person is named, including the boy milking the goat but what amused me was  the reference to No.1, “Cranwell’s Setter Dog.  (Had a gold tooth fitted by Mr. Cranwell, Dentist)…” 
Drawing identifying those photographed in the above image.
This brought to mind an image of the dog swanking it about town showing off his tooth or, alternatively, the modern incarnation of having attitude and going about nefarious deeds with his bling on display.

The Auckland – Waikato Historical Society Journal also covers a wide range of topics in its articles; some are about prominent people in the community, schools and places but there are also the more unusual.  There is a short article in issue 9, October 1966 about the Great Maori Bank; another in issue 6, April 1965 about a bed of 13,701 pieces that was given to Auckland Museum. One issue, No. 68 October/November 1996 is entirely devoted to St Stephens graveyard at Parnell.

If you have never used these journals, they are well worth considering.  You never know, the gem that breaks down the brick wall could be amongst the articles published within.

Marie Hickey

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