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Project sponsors

Thanks to the project sponsors, who have made this project possible:

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Harakeke Group logo

Coromandel Town History Research Group Logo

Coromandel Senior Settlement Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About the project

Welcome to the website of the Coromandel Community Digital Storytelling Project.

This is an initiative to record, preserve, and share the history and stories of the Coromandel community using Digital Storytelling.

The project started in January 2008 and 70 Digital Stories have been produced so far.

The stories cover a wide variety of topics, including history, immigration, travel, and family. Together these stories form a collective memory of the Coromandel community.

Stories are shared with the community through free public screenings and displays. Three permanent screening venues around the Coromandel peninsula have been secured and screenings at these venues will start in late 2009.

The stories will also be available to view on demand at the Treasury in Thames (www.thetreasury.org.nz) when the renovations on this building are completed.

This site has a selection of the stories. More stories will be added as the project progresses.

If you would like to know more about the project please contact us.

 

Upcoming Events

Screenings and displays of the stories are happening all the time. If your group or organisation is interested in hosting a screening, please contact us.

Have a look through the past events to see what sort of groups and organisations have hosted screenings in the past.

Past Events

Friends of the Library - Thames

Thursday 9 April 2009, Thames Public Library

A screening was held for the Thames Friends of the Library group.

Public Digital Story Screening - Thames

Tuesday 24 February 2009, Grahamstown Community Hall

A free screening of Digital Stories from the latest round of workshops was held in Thames.

Expanding Documentary Conference

Sunday 21 February 2009, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

The project was presented to the Expanding Documentary conference.

Public Digital Story Screening - Coromandel

Tuesday 17 February 2009, St John Ambulance Rooms

A free screening of Digital Stories from the latest round of workshops was held in Coromandel.

National Digital Forum Conference

Friday 28 November 2008, University of Auckland Business School

The project was presented to the National Digital Forum conference.

Coromandel Town History Research Group AGM

Sunday 23 November 2008, St John Ambulance Rooms

A public screening was held at the Coromandel Town History Research Group's Annual General Meeting.

Department of Conservation Interconservancy Workshop

Thursday 13 November 2008, Kauaeranga Valley Visitor Centre

A screening was held for the Department of Conservation's Interconservancy Workshop.

Alive and Kicking

Wednesday 1 October 2008, Thames War Memorial Hall

A display was set up for the Alive and Kicking International Day of the Older Person.

Thames Storytellers Tall Tales Cafe

Wednesday 1 October 2008, Thames Contract Bridge Club

A screening was held for the Thames Storytellers Group.

Coromandel Museum

Sunday 21 September 2008, Coromandel School of Mines Museum

A public screening was held as part of the Museum's annual Open Day.

eFest

8-10 September 2008, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland

The project was presented at eFest, a technology conference, under the banner of "connecting communities".

Thames Storytellers Tall Tales Cafe

Wednesday 3 September 2008, Thames Contract Bridge Club

A screening was held for the Thames Storytellers Group.

Public Digital Story Screening - Coromandel

Wednesday 6 August 2008, Hauraki House Theatre

A free Digital Story screening was held at the Hauraki House Theatre.

Coromandel Town History Research Group

Sunday 3 August 2008, Coromandel

A screening was held for the Coromandel Town History Research Group.

Coromandel School of Mines & Historical Society

Thursday 24 July 2008, Coromandel School of Mines

A screening was held for the School of Mines & Historical Society.

Franklin Arts and Cultural Trust

Wednesday 9 July 2008, Franklin, Pukekohe

A screening for the local community was hosted by the Franklin Arts and Cultural Trust.

Coromandel School of Mines & Historical Society

Sunday 6 July 2008, Presbyterian Church Hall

A screening was held for the School of Mines & Historical Society.

Upper Coromandel Forest & Bird

Friday 4 July 2008, Presbyterian Church Hall

A screening was held for Upper Coromandel Forest & Bird.

Public Digital Story Screening - Thames

Wednesday 2 July 2008, Grahamstown Community Hall

A free Digital Story screening was held at the Grahamstown Hall.

Katikati Community Resource Centre

Saturday 28 June 2008, Katikati

A screening for the local community was hosted by the Katikati Community Resource Centre.

Thames Valley Deerstalkers Association

Wednesday 25 June 2008, Deerstalkers Hall, Paeroa

A screening was held for the Thames Valley Deerstalkers Association.

 

Coromandel Stories

A floundering Experience

A Floundering Experience

Amy Cooper's story about catching flounder in the fish traps at Colville. This story is dedicated to her grandmother.

Africa in my Blood

Africa in my Blood

Jenna Geach's story of her family's migration to New Zealand from Zimbabwe.

Driving Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

Driving Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

Wailin Elliott tells how a sanctuary for native wildlife was created at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries.

Feel the Fear

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Estelle Cashmore tackles a grand traverse.

Finding Te Kooti's Pa

Finding Te Kooti's Pa

Dave Wilton recounts his discovery of an historic battle site.

Golden Cross - The Farm

Golden Cross - The Farm

Graham Robinson remembers his family's farm at Waihi.

In Memory of Grandfather

In Memory of Grandfather

Ian James tells how it was when his grandfather Arthur farmed at Te Kouma in the 1930's.

James & Turner Ltd

James & Turner Ltd

Joan Evans looks back over the years of this iconic shop in Coromandel town.

Jamie

Jamie

Narelle Moxsom turns a bit green with a story for Jamie about the day he was born.

Moving Around in Coromandel Town

Moving Around in Coromandel Town

Jocelyn Davey has lived all around Coromandel town.

Of Men and Machines

Of Machines and Men

Miranda James tells about the day a cattle truck fell off the road at Te Kouma.

Osbornes in Thames

Osbornes in Thames

Jim Rowe tells of an old Thames family that became separated and were eventually reunited.

Postcards from Quebec

Postcards from Quebec

Joan Van Oosterom shares tales from her holiday in Quebec province.

Samuel Strongman, A Happening Man

Samuel Strongman, A Happening Man

Kaye Denise recounts the tale of a remarkable man, her father Samuel Strongman.

Seahorse

Seahorse

A true tale of Kiwi ingenuity as Judy Bronlund relates the story of a mussel barge built in a backyard.

Snow on the Tokatea

Snow on the Tokatea

Alison Rowe recalls the day it snowed on the Tokatea Hill in 1939.

Tararu and Shortland Cemeteries, Thames

Tararu and Shortland Cemeteries

Margaret Nankivell examines Victorian cemetery symbolism and life in a different era.

"The Last Carefree Summer"

The Last Carefree Summer

Alison Rowe's story of summer on the farm at Te Kouma in 1931.

The Marlinspikes

The Marlinspikes

Gloria Court and Barbara Edgecombe retrace an ancestor's journey to New Zealand.

Vance and Barry Sawmill

Vance & Barry Sawmillers

Sheryl MacKay recounts the story of the sawmill opposite the School of Mines in Coromandel in the 1930's.

Why Thames

Why Thames?

David Legge tells us what's so good about living in Thames.