Saturday, 17 January 2015

Grahamstown Gazette: the Summer edition

This year, I've been writing monthly columns about The Treasury for the Grahamstown Gazette. Here's my piece for the January edition.
From The Treasury 
The Christmas period is often a great time for swapping family stories. Sitting around the table for Christmas lunch or trading tales around a barbeque, it’s surprising how often, as you catch up with family, you rediscover half-forgotten facts about your ancestors’ and relatives’ lives.
If your family lived in the wider Hauraki and Coromandel region, a trip to The Treasury might provide that elusive background on who, when and where. We’re located in the old Carnegie Library building on Queen St, and our fantastic collection of books, recordings and ephemera showcases the region, from the wild days of gold fever right through to today. Between the shelves of the Reading Room, you can find anything from high school yearbooks and photos of old shops on Pollen Street to detailed histories and first-hand accounts of life on ‘the Thames’ over the decades. The Reading Room is also home to family history books, manuscripts and oral history CDs which add an exciting new dimension to local history research.

Our dedicated team of volunteers does a brilliant job bringing history to life. Behind the scenes, you’ll find some of them unravelling the secrets of the region’s past for our visitors, while others are dedicated to preserving the unique records in our new archive building. Our Indexing Group meets weekly to catalogue the countless references to the region and its people across our collection, creating a master index on our website. Type in your last name and see what comes up!

Over the summer season, we’re on the look-out for your local stories. If you have a True Tale to tell about life in Thames (or anywhere in the Hauraki and Coromandel area) we would love to include it in the upcoming books in our True Tales series. Check out our Facebook page for more details.
The Treasury is open from 11am to 3pm on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Researching costs $15 an hour per person for non-members and $5 for members, while non-researching Gold Card holders can pop in and read a book in our Reading Room for free. Be sure to check out our website and like us on Facebook.

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