Barry Murch Photographic Collection

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From the early 1990’s until 2011, local man Mr Barry Murch undertook to make a photographic record of happenings in an around the Thames area.     His photographs were compiled into a series of booklets focused either on specific events, or on stated time periods.  

Mr Murch’s booklets are now stored at Thames Library.   A digitization project is currently underway, which aims to make these images available to the wider community via Kete.   

As more booklets are digitsed, they will be added to the list below.  We hope you enjoy exploring these wonderful images.

For more information about this work, contact Thames Library 07 868 6616 or thameslibrary@tcdc.govt.nz

Latest 4 topics

Drums - Royal Marines.

This booklet contains photographs and newspaper clippings about events that took place in Thames from October 1993 through to June 1994.  The events included parades, market days, offshore powerboat races, and a visit from the DB Breweries clydesdales.

Library Call Number: ATH108

Karaka Stream from Brown St looking East c. 1988.

This 'topic' comprises digitised photographs taken by Mr Barry Murch during 1988, 1989 and 1990.  They document the flood protection work undertaken around the Karaka Stream in Thames.  Use the 'Related Items' links below to see all of the photographs included in this topic. 

Library Reference:  ATH48

 

 ATH48 cover

 

Karaka Stream road closure sign 1989Karaka Stream reconstruction flood 23 August 1989

Thames Natural Soap Co..

Introductory page to this volume reads:

 "The following pages are a list of the occupancies of Pollen Street in 2003, and a history of former occupants of business premises so far as memory would permit.

"Many were the minds that were taxed trying to remember who or what was where, which turned the exercise into very amusing incidents at times.

"No claim is made for accuracy and no dates could be given.

"Over the years boundaries have changed, two shops made into one, or one shop made into two, further confusing things, but the best has been done. -- Barry

National Bank of NZ.

Introductory page to this volume reads:

 "The following pages are a list of the occupancies of Pollen Street in 2003, and a history of former occupants of business premises so far as memory would permit.

"Many were the minds that were taxed trying to remember who or what was where, which turned the exercise into very amusing incidents at times.

"No claim is made for accuracy and no dates could be given.

"Over the years boundaries have changed, two shops made into one, or one shop made into two, further confusing things, but the best has been done. -- Barry

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Karaka Stream reconstruction scheme opening 9 April 1990 plaque.

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