Coromandel 200

In recognition of the 200th anniversary since the HMS Coromandel sailed into Coromandel Harbour, a small working group of passionate community members have joined together to make sure the anniversary is acknowledged appropriately.

Coromandel - the town, the harbour and the peninsula - was named after HMS Coromandel, a British Royal Navy Ship that transported convicts to Australia in March 1820 and then sailed on to New Zealand to collect timber spars and undertake coastal survey work. A model of the HMS Coromandel is housed at the Coromandel School of Mines & Museum. 

Meanwhile, a working group, "Coromandel 200",  has been established to help mark the commemoration. The group is made up of: Peter Pritchard, Val Macdonald, Wailin Elliot, Judy Bronlund, Bill & Glenys Chadderton, Diann Cade, Jan Autumn, Liz Cameron, Barbara Peddie, Daniel Smith, and Keith Stephenson.

The group are currently seeking expressions of interest from anyone who wants to create a commemorative piece to be sited at the Whangarahi Reserve to acknowledge the bicentennial.

Closing date for EOI – 28 February 2019

Whangarahi Reserve – Wharf Road

The Criteria:

The panel selecting the final piece will give consideration to, but not be limited to, the following design criteria:

  • Presentation –    development and research
  • Authenticity –     use of local materials, appropriateness to the commemoration,                                     consideration of heritage values
  • Complexity –       compelling, engaging, interesting
  • Workmanship –   knowledge of materials to be used, attention to detail of construction
  • Aesthetics -         appropriateness to the site and surrounding environment
  • Suitability –         robust to withstand environmental conditions, including vandalism

Artists are asked to provide:

  • An introduction of themselves
  • A brief description of the piece, including size and materials to be used
  • Indication of cost
  • Photographic examples of some other works

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by April 2019.  The successful artist will be expected to have the piece completed by April 2020, and provide the Coromandel200 Committee with updates of their progress over the 12 month period.

Expressions of interest can be either:

Emailed to:

Posted to:     Coromandel 200 Committee

                      C/- Community Manager Coromandel

                      Thames Coromandel District Council

                      Private Bag


Delivered to: TCDC Coromandel Office

                        355 Kapanga Road