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ANDERSON, Rev A. [Andrew?]
Cameronian; came out with Pollock settlers.
Ind Pollock 1865 res 1867 & returned to Scot.
Rev Andrew Anderson noted as being Minister at 'The Whau' (Avondale) Presbyterian Church,
Auckland from the 7th Feb 1865 to 15th Oct 1866.
ANDERSON, Rev Bruce Steven
w Wendy Lee m 6.6.1981
Ord Edendale MtP 30.1.1986 res 31.8.1986.
ANDERSON, Rev David Arthur
born 30 November 1838. Never married – his Sister kept house for him.
A native of the Shetland Islands; in early life went to sea as a sailor, being engaged in the fishing industry. Became a Christian in a revival movement in the Shetland Islands.
Left home for New Zealand as a young man, accompanied by (Rev) Robert Shaw, another Shetlander. On arrival both followed the gold rush to the West Coast.
Became a Preacher for the Methodist Church for a short time, possibly on the West Coast where he is known to have preached to various groups.
Colporteur for the Otago Bible Society in the late 1870’s.
Became a Home Missionary for the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.
The (Northern) Presbyterian Church was in great need of ministers, and recognizing his great gifts had him licensed and Ordained while at Totara Flat.
Home Missionary, Kelso, 1879
Brunnerton, Westland Presbytery, June 1886
Totara Flat, Westland Presbytery, 1890
Grey Valley (Totara Flat), Westland Presbytery, ordained April 1895
Sefton, Christchurch Presbytery, 12 January 1899 - the new Sefton Church was offically opened 11 March 1906 - retired 30 September 1906 due to failing health
Died 8 September 1911 at Greymouth.
ANDERSON, Mr David D.
HM Totara Flat WsP 1893
ANDERSON, Rev David W. BTh.
Pukerau/Waikaka Presbyterian Church Mataura Presbytery November 1999
Knox, Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, New Plymouth Taranaki Presbytery 5 December 2004
Other recognised minister, Southern Presbytery 1 July 2014
ANDERSON, Rev Douglas William M.Sc.,B.D.,M.Theol.
w Beryl Florence m 7.5.1966
Theological Hall 1961-3
Ordained Woodville MnP 11.2.1964 res 30.6.1968
O’seas Worker under O’seas Miss Fellowship with Discipleship Training Centre Singapore
1973; Kuala Lumpur 1978
St Pauls-Trinity-Pacific Assoc ChP 28.1.1982
Knox Lower Hutt WnP 13.2.1986
Res 31.5.1994 to a position in Turkey.
Minister Emeritus Dec 2001
ANDERSON, Rev I.E.M.
Oxford District Union ChP 2.1976
Tuakau Union SAP 2.1980
ANDERSON, Mrs Joan Marian C.B.E., M.A.
b 8.1.1921; h Howard Pellew, Anderson A.C.A., M.P.N.I.
b 12.11.1920 m 21.3.1947 - RNVR(NZ) Lieut; Exec
Sister of Wynne Benton
Director Ang Ch Ak 1972 res 1984
Joan an elder, served on Broadcasting Com; Ch Worship & Arch Com; Public Questions Com;
Ch Union Com; Conv Ecumenical Affairs Com 1972-4.
Mod Ass 1979 - 1st woman to be Mod;
Pres Rep on Joint Commiss on Ch Union 1968-76;
Memb Exec Nat Council Chs, Pres 1981-2;
Represented PCNZ at 5th Ass WorldCouncil of Chs Nairobi 1975;
Memb Central Com of WCC 1975-82;
Rep PCNZ at 7th Ass of Chr Conf of Asia, Bangalore 1981
Died May 2013
ANDERSON, Rev John
b 28.11.1879; w Margaret b 21.6.1875 m 4.12.1901 d 10.9.1957
HM Mamaku 1915
Tuapeka West ClP 1916, Ord HM 1917
Orari SCP 1920
Cheviot ChP 1927; lic authorized 18.11.1927
Ord Min Waikari ChP 20.3.1938
Lower Waitaki (Peebles NOP) 26.5.1933 ret 31.12.1944
Hornby 1946 - in ret
Chap Templeton Lodge & Gaol Chch 1949
ANDERSON, Rev John Duncan Campbell B.A.(Theol Sth Afr)
w (1) Rosemary b - m 23.2.1957
w (2) Marie b - m 1980
fr Nth Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) - Pres Ch of Sth Afr; Ord 1957; recd 1963
Ind Assist Green Island DnP 25.6.1963
Lookout Point-Saddle Hill (Fairfield DnP) 1966
Eastbourne WnP 10.9.1970
Lansdowne WpP 2.12.1982
John grew up & was educ in Sth Afr He was ord in 1957 and served his first parish in
Zimbabwe, during a period of great unrest & political turmoil. As a compelling preacher &
speaker & imaginative writer he was in constant demand. John used his ability with
language to help his congregation to worship in a more meaningful way, by writing
hymns & updating others. It was as a pastor & friend that people remember him most.
For the last years of his ministry he was ITIM Chapl for the Fire Service, where he
became a respected counsellor & friend. (fr Obit)
Died 9.5.1990 in office
ANDERSON, Rev Kennedy Stratford
b 3.2.1918; w Vera Emily b 28.1.1919 m 17.12.1949
HM Murupara 4.1955
Hall 1958 (emergency scheme)
St Peters Mt Wellington AP 4.4.1957
He does not appear to have returned to Mt Wellington after Hall yr, but possibly did; he wthd
fr Ch serv formally on 31.12.1959; he does not appear to have been ord (no record or report of
it), & in that case his title should be Mr not Rev.
ANDERSON, Sr Margaret see Davies, Mrs H.
ANDERSON, Rev P.
He was Miss in Jamaica for 20 yrs with CS, & then Miss to cabmen in Glas; came as prob
fr CS to NZ; recd Pr Otago (DnP) 22.9.1864.
Assist Knox Ch Dn 4.1865
(with HM status, & worked in N E Valley, Wakari etc assisting Min.)
Died 5.12.1867 in office
ANDERSON, Rev Peter B.Sc.(Lond), A.I.C.
b 1.1.1895; w Constance Mary b 10.1.1895 m 10.11.1936
He was brought up in London & was an analytical chemist; in 1935 he left for Amoy China
as an educ miss of PCE in Kulangsu, Sth China. On his furlough in 1941 he came to NZ,
as he had been forced to leave by the Jap invasion. He was recd by DnP as stud for min,
& granted permission to take a 2 yr course in Hall. (Rep 1942)
He planned to return to China, but this proved impossible, & he stayed in NZ.
Chap Ord McGlashan Coll Dn 25.2.1943, also science master.
Queenstown COP 17.5.1944
Strath Taieri (Middlemarch DnP) 2.9.1948
Methven AsP 15.10.1953 ret 19.11.1960
In ret he relieved Hosp Chaps Dn
Died 11.2.1966 Dn
ANDERSON, Rev Robert Henry B.A.,B.D.
w Gloria Ruth m 25.2.1967
Theological Hall 1973-5
Ordained Kihikihi WkP 12.2.1976
Riversdale-Waikaia MtP 4.2.1982
Green Island DnP 19.9.1987
Ecumenical Chaplain Taranaki Base Hospital TP 29.5.1995
Minister Emeritus Taranaki Presbytery 2012
ANDERSON, Rev Robert Stewart B.A.
b 29.12.1915 Dunedin;
w (1) Phyllis May Ferguson b 6.5.1915 m 21.11.1939 d 3.6.1964
w (2) Anne Jane Hollister-Jones b 13.2.1923 m 20.5.1967 d. 24.3.2006 (divorced) –
refer entry for Sr A Hollister-Jones
Musselburgh Primary School, Otago Boys High School.
Responded to "a fire and brimstone evangelist" at age 13 with the reservation "I didn't
think it fair of God but didn't dare tell anyone."
University Otago and Auckland, studied law, commerce and philosophy
Law clerk, Dunedin 1932
Home Missionary from 1941.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1946-48
Ord Mangaweka-Rewa WgP 15.12.1948
Naenae WnP 22.7.1954
North Invercargill SP 30.7.1959
Study leave 1972
Kaeo-Kerikeri NP 8.4.1976
Minister Emeritus NP 31.1.1981
Associate Secretary of the Tamarillo Growers Assn for 13 years
Secretary of the Northland Uniting Church Council to 2002
Retired to Stokes Valley 2004
Minister Emeritus WnP 21 Mar 2006
His life was packed with action in church, community and sporting activities.
Died 4 July 2010
ANDERSON, Mrs R.S. see Hollister-Jones, Sr. Anne
ANDERSON, Rev R.S.
fr USA - exchange
Edendale MtP 30.1.1986
ANDERSON, Rev William
m. (?) w. (?) [a Daughter of the Rev Peter Milne of Nguna] d. (?)
Appointed by the JG Paton Mission, Glasgow to Hog Harbour, Santo, New Hebrides.
Missionary at Hog Harbour, Santo 1921
Ordained Missionary by the Presbytery of Melbourne North, Victoria, Australia.
Retired to Canterbury, New Zealand 1951
(No record of having been entered onto the official roll of NZ Presbyterian Ministers)
Died 22 May 1953
ANDERSON, Rev William Archibald
b. 16.7.1891 Stirling NZ
w. Ella Clara Salisbury b.(?) m. 8.12.1926 at Shanghai d. 1948
Formerly a Farmer. At a Mission in 1910 he decided to give himself to service in China.
He was preparing for this when War broke out; he joined the Medical Corps and served
as a stretcher-bearer at Gallipoli, Egypt and France. After the Armistice in 1918, being
unfit, he returned to NZ, and back to the farm. Undertook a Scofield Bible Training
Course from Moody Bible Institute. After further training at the Melbourne Bible Institute
he was accepted by China Inland Mission and sailed to China on 4.4.1921 till his furlough
in 1927. In 1934 he returned to NZ on acct of his wife’s health after having spent 13 year
in China under the CIM.
Applied for and accepted as unordained Home Missionary for supply circa May 1935
HM Beaumont (supply) ClP 1935
Catlins (Ratanui ClP) 1937, Ordained into Home Missions 16.7.1937
Waihola-Milburn ClP 1940
Waiuku-Awhitu SAP 1946
Henderson-Hobsonville AP 1947
Pukemiro WkP 1949-1951
Chaplain Waikato Hospital and relieved in vacant parishes in Waikato and South Auckland
ANDERSON, Mr W.D.
O’seas Worker - Singapore 1974
ANDERSON-CARTER, Rev Glenys R.
St Andrews Rotorua BPP Hon Assist 4.1990
ANDREW, Mr D.E. B.A.
fr PCI; did univ work & began theol in Irel; came to NZ 1891 to finish theol in NZ.
Stud prch at station in Waikato 1892
Helensville 1893, 2nd yr Div stud.
Kereru WnP 1894 stud. - no further reference.
ANDREW, Rev James Newbold Lea
b 10 September 1905;
w Eileen Marion nee Samson b 8 September 1907 m 28 January 1931 d 21 November 1975
He was the son of Salvation Army parents. While he was at Salvation Army Barracks he
married Eileen Samson, and they worked for the Salvation Army for 13 years in many places
in the Auckland province.
Joined the Home Missionary service 15 December .1940
Home Missionary, Avondale, Auckland Presbytery, 1940 for brief period
Mangaweka-Rewa Wanganui Presbytery, 1941, Ordained Home Missionary, 15 April 1941
Johnsonville Wellington Presbytery, 1943
Gladstone, Dunedin Presbytery, 1946
Theological Hall, 1947-1949
Otago Peninsula 13 December 1949
Brooklyn, Wellington Presbytery, 2 July 1953 - resigned 30 June 1961
Hospital Chaplain, Wellington, 6 July 1961
Hauraki Plains Union, Waikato Presbytery, 9 February 1967
Father of Pr. M.E. Andrew
Died 11 November 1970, suddenly on eve of his retirement.
ANDREW, Rev Maurice Edward M.A.,B.D.,D.Theol.(Heidelburg)
w Gisela Ingeberg m 25.7.1959
Theological Hall 1954-56; awarded scholarship by the German Government for study in German
University 1956; went to Heidelberg
Ordained Ngaio WnP 2.12.1959 - resigned 17.3.1963
Assisant at Theological College of The Rhineland, Wuppertal, Germany 1.10.1963
Ibadan Nigeria 1965
German Department, Massey University Palmerston North 1968
Proffessor of Old Testament Studies Theological Hall Dunedin 23.2.1972 - retired 5.1989
Principal Theological Hall 2.1986 (as well as Prof of Old Testament studies) - retired 31.1.1990
Son of Rev J.N.L. Andrew above.
‘Critically, but deeply sensitive to the cultural values of his contemporaries, he has been able,
on behalf of us all, & especially his students, to explore the opportunities & obligations of
faith within our own modern context, frequently voicing sharp, uncomfortable reminders of
the goodness & severity of God.’ (Com)
Minister Emeritus DnP
ANDREWS, Rev Edward Ernest M.M.,M.A.
b 19.9.1888 Dunedin
w Ivy Annie b 4.8.1892 m 15.9.1920 d 6.1971
He was brought up on a farm at Winton; studied privately; to Otago University 1910.
Enlisted in NZEF when a university student 1917
Served from 16.7.1917 to 21.7.1919, Gallipoli & France.
Free Church College Glasgow 1918-19
Theological Hall Dunedin 1920 (final year)
Licensed by Presbytery of Dunedin Sept 1920
Ord Waipu NP 22.2.1921
Waitahuna ClP 3.12.1926 - resigned 15.3.1932
Herbert-Kakanui NOP 19.7.1932
Albury SCP 18.5.1937
Alexandra-Clyde COP 10.9.1941
Morven SCP 15.6.1944 - retired 28.2.1946 due to ill-health caused by war injuries.
Died 11.7.1982, aged 93 years.
ANGUS, Rev George Colville Menpes (Col) BSc
b 10.4.1916 at Dunedin.
w Janet (Jen) Catherine Cowan b 12.3.1915 m 10.4.1948 d.(?) - pre-deceased him, c.2000.
(Mrs Angus, a historian as well as giving great support in the parish, wrote several histories including that of the
Waihemo County Council. She was also a relieving teacher at the then Palmerston District High School.)
Attended Musselburgh High School, Otago Boys' High School and then Otago University where he graduated
BSc in chemistry. As a conscientious objector during World War Two he was "manpowered" to work on the West
Coast and in Wellington.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1945 - 47
Ordained Fortrose SP 2.2.1948
Palmerston NOP 17.2.1955
Grants Braes Waverley Union Dunedin DnP 3.2.1966
Strath Taieri (Middlemarch) DnP 6.2.1975 - retired 15.8.1979;
Father of the Rev T.R. Angus below.
"Mr Angus was a greatly liked and respected Presbyterian Minister [with[ a particular affection for Palmerston where
his late wife Janet (Jen) had grown up. Mr Angus had a reputation for being able to talk to anyone on any subject....
He was also very sympathetic and helpful listener at a time when social workers, particularly in rural areas, were few
and far between. ....Mr and Mrs Angus retired to Waikouaiti, where he was heavily involved with the Waikouaiti
Presbyterian Church. For many years he was a member of an ecumenical group at St John's Anglican Church. He
believed strongly in church union and church co-operation.
He... trained as a Scientist and htroughout his life he had a fascination with how things worked, both natural and
man-made.... He loved maps and read widely, particularly non-fiction. he often persuaded the [Wakaoiaiti] Library
to buy books he had just read about in the Otago Daily Times.
He was a "great improver", leaving his mark on the churches in which he preached, the hosues where he lived and
in the gardens he established. But the most important nmarkers he left throughout his life were in people's hearts.
...he had agreat ability to see the good in people, to deraw it out and to enjoy the erlationship that followed."
Died 17 June 2010, aged 94 years
ANGUS, Rev Timothy Rae B.A.(Hons)
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1982 - 85
Ord Associate Minister St Stephens & St Aidans Lower Hutt WnP 28.11.1985
Resigned 24.11.1986 - to Australia for further study.
Helensville (Uniting Church of Australia, Victoria) 1.7.1988;
Son of the Rev G.C.M. Angus above.
ANSELL, Miss Barbara F.
Maori Mission - Matahi Mission School, teacher 5.2.1957
Deaconess College Dunedin (advanced stud) 1959 to 7.1960
ANSELL, Rev David H.
St Albans Chartwell Co-op WkP 2.1981
ANUGRAHA, Rev Johnvin Kiki
Minister Within the Bounds, Auckland Presbytery
Associate Minister (Indonesian Fellowship), Symonds Street/St Andrew's First Presbyterian Church, Auckland, Auckland Presbytery, 14 August 2003
Minister emeritus, 14 February 2016
ARBUCKLE, Miss Shirley
b 31.7.1924 - Maori Miss
Waikaremoana app 1.11.1948
Nuhaka Hostel, Matron 1950 res 31.5.1951
ARCHIBALD, Rev Alexander Spring M.A.(Aberd)
b 11.11.1904; w Margaret Rendall b 20.5.1909 m 17.3.1936
fr Pr of Jedburgh-Kelso Scot, recommended by Tulloch Yuille; recd by PCNZ 1948
St James Wanganui 9.6.1948
res 30.6.1951 & returned to Scot
ARCHIBALD, Rev James Graham
w Helen Agnes m 20.8.1958
HM Howick Outfields Assist 1959
Hall 1962-5 (After 1 yr his suitability was questioned;
Ass ruled Pr to decide; evidently Pr decided favourably.)
Ord Rakaia AsP 25.11.1965
Calvin Gore MtP 6.9.1970
St Martins Papatoetoe SAP 2.2.1978
St James Dunedin DnP 18.5.1989 - retired 31.10.1993
ARCHIBALD, Mr John Elmslie
fr FC Scot, came as prob, recd Ass 1887;
there is no word of his app anywhere, but he is listed as prob in ChP 1888; in SCP 1895-8;
perhaps he did supply, but seems not to have had a charge nor to have been ord.
ARCHIBALD, Mr W.
fr FC Scot as prob, arr NZ 1886, to ChP - no further mention.
ARCUS, Mr Graham W.
O’seas Worker - teacher
Awaba PNG teacher 2.1972
Balimo PNG 1975
Bible Coll of NZ Ak 1978
Tari PNG 1980-4
ARGYLE, Mr Bruce & Mrs Maureen
Miss PNG; Bruce took position of Assist Treas, Unitrf Ch of PNG 1987.
After return to NZ he was invited to go back for a further term as Assist Treas United Ch,
Port Moresby 1990-2.
ARMITT, Miss N.G.A.
Maori Miss - Assist Pentland Ave Hostel Ak for Maori Girls 13.9.1958
ARMOUR, Rev Thomas White
b 29.7.1880 Kirkintilloch Scot;
w Mary Campbell b 29.7.1880 m 31.8.1909 d 4.10.1963
He was educ Glas; after some yrs in business he decided to enter min; went to Glas Univ;
ord in Scot 1909, then served in Pres Ch Leeds Eng; to Fort Augustus, later to Ness Bank
CS Inverness. In 1924 he was called to succeed Dr R. Erwin ar Knox Ch Chch.
Ind Knox Ch Chch 25.11.1924
In 1939 he was Conv Maintenance of Ministry Com, which he led with energy & vision;
To him more than anyone else must be given the credit for raising low stipends.’
He gave up his parish to be Ass Special Commissioner to MM Com in ret.
Memb Bd of Govs St Andrews Coll Chch;
PSSA Com Chch; ret finally 14.5.1947
ARMSTRONG, Rev Archibald Alfred
b 28.7.1885 at Sydney NSW Australia;
w (1) Alice b. 26.7.1890 m. 9.10.1913 d. 1919
w (2) Maud Allison b. 10.3.1887 m. 27.3.1929 d. 21.8.1968
He came to NZ from Sydney in early teens. Converted to Christianity at the Auckland Central Mission.
Ordained into the Primitive Methodist Church at Timaru; served in four parishes under that denomination.
Te Kuiti WkP (supply) 1911
Received into the PCNZ 16.12.1913
Ind Te Kuiti WkP 12.1913
Picton NMP 10.6.1914
Te Aroha WkP 5.4.1918 - resigned 14.3.1920 due to ill-health.
Went farming for the next five years before becoming the Taranaki Organiser for the New Zealand
Alliance (for the suppression of the liquor trade) for whom he raised a considerable amount of funds
throughout the Wellington, Nelson and Marlborough districts during 1923-24. He remained a
prohibitioner all his life and regularly wrote of the subject.
Seatoun WnP 18.4.1929
Pahiatua WpP 9.12.1937
Drury SAP 29.8.1940
Morrinsville WkP 9.5.1944
“A toiler all his life, he did not spare himself in the service of the Master.… His ministry was marked
for his keen interest in the spiritual welfare of his people, and for his kindly sympathetic care for the
sick and those in trouble.” (from Memorial Minute)
Died 11.10.1946 at Morrinsville.
ARMSTRONG, Rev Alan Weir
w Evelyn Lesley b 7.10.1930 m 19.8.1961
Theological Hall 1966-68
Ordained Waipawa-Otane HBP 28.11.1968
Stoke, Nelson NMP 4.2.1975
St Pauls Oamaru 7.10.1982 - retired 30.9.1990
“Entered the teaching profession, which he did for 17 years, then, [felt] called to Christian ministry.
Each of his ministries was distinguished by his depth of preaching, his outgoing love of people and
his pastoral responsibility. [After retirement] he served Presbytery in various ways, especially as
Interim Moderator of three parishes…. His guidance, preaching and visiting were greatly acceptable
to the people and his warmth, humour and positive attitude won their hearts.
(From Memorial Minute – edited)
The son of Rev AW & Mrs SE Armstrong
Died 4 Nov 2004
ARMSTRONG, Rev Alexander Weir
b 7.8.1882; w Sarah Ellen b 31.7.1886 m 11.6.1913 d 25.11.1985
He came to NZ in the HM scheme under Dr Gibb
HM Brydone MtP 1921, Ord HM 1921
Brighton DnP 1925-7
Ord Min Knapdale MtP 1.11.1929
Green Island DnP 14.12.1932
St Giles Kilbirnie WnP 17.5.1939 ret 30.9.1947
He was born in N Irel, & became Chief Inspector of Belfast Gas Dept;
relinquished his position & came to NZ to Brydone.
Ret to Levin.
Father of Rev AW Armstrong
Died 21.3.1957, aged 74
ARMSTRONG, Rev Peter James M.A.,L.Th.,CTEFLA
w Ina Merilyn m 22.3.1974
Ord Assist Glenfield NSP 5.4.1973 res 10.5.1976
Mahurangi (Warkworth NSP) 10.3.1977 - resigned 30.6.1993
Minister within the Bounds NSP.
ARMSTRONG, Mr R.
HM Waitara TkP 1911
ARNDT, Sr Helen Christina
b 22.8.1907 near Hunterville.
Educated in Morrinsville and Hamilton. Involved with Girl Guides, Sunday School,
Bible Class and assumend a leadership role in the Waikato East Bible Class
Deaconess College, Duunedin - graduated 1946
Ordained Deaconess 1947
Presbyterian Support Services Association City Social Worker, Wellington 1.2.1947
PSSA Berhampore Home Wn 1953-8
Deaconess St Lukes, Remuera Auckland AP 1959
Deaconess St Andrews, Rotorua BPP 11.7.1967 - retired 31.12.1972
“For ten years she was President of the NZ Deaconess Association, serving on the
Bible Class Dominion Executive and the Dominion Executive of the Presb. Women’s
Missionary Union. Sr Helen was one of the first women members of the Public
‘By Love Serve’, was the motto of the Deaconess Order – Sr Helen lived that motto
in all that she said, did and was – to the end of her life’s journey.” (from Obit.)
Helen had warmth, an exuberance for life, and a phenominal memory for people.
Died c. 2001-2002
ARNOLD, Sr Henrietta (Hetty) Marshall
b 16.10.1884 at Inchclutha, the eldest of 5 children. Father related to Arnold of Rugby.
Undertook Nursing training at Timaru Hospital 1915; served as District Nurse until 1919.
Presbyterian Women's Training Institute Dunedin 1919
Went as Young Women's Bible Class [YWBC] Own Missionary to India
Arr Jagadhri 9.1.1920 then 8 months language study.
Nursing Superintendant of NZ Presb. Mission Hospital, Jagadhri
"She did splendid work during her term."
"She pioneered child welfare and maternity care for women. She began training midwives
giving special attention to teaching them to advise mothers on feeding and caring for their
babies, at a time when the death rate among women and babies was appallingly high."
In 1921 the 'Break of Day' gift enabled opening of centre in town for women & children,
teaching child care.
Took over welfare and maternity work at Jagadhri on 1.7.1924 (in addition to her duties as
Resigned from Mission staff 31.12.1927 as she was required at home in Langmhor near
Ashburton where her Father was farming and her Sister Jean was severely crippled with
During World War Two Hetty was a member of the Mid Canterbury Red Cross and led the
Langmohr Church Bible Class. Her Father died while on Home Guard exercises. The two
sisters then moved to Christchurch. In 1956 Hetty became one of the first woman Elders at
St Pauls Presbyterian Church in Christchurch, careful in visiting, wise in counselling, loyal
to her Minister and friendly to all. Hetty served as Editress of of the PWMU magazine 'The
Harvest Field" from 1947 to 1956. Hetty also served on the New Settlers Committee of the
National Council of Churches for 25 years.
She nursed her Sister for nearly 40 years, till Jean's death, and in 1973, having become
frail herself, moved to Woodchester Home.
Her Minister at St Paul's described Hetty thus : "Whenever I felt distressed or downhearted
I would say to myself. 'I must go and see Miss Arnold', for a visit with her always restored
me. Love, joy, peace and faith shone from her face".
One of those associated with her at Woodchester Home recalled "She was an amazing
person. We never thought of her as old. In spite of tremendous difficulties health-wise she
never gave up. Interested in everything. She lived her mission."
Died 1.10.1981, aged 96 years, at Woodchester home, Christchurch.
ARNOT, Rev Alfred Broadhurst M.A.
Grew up in Portmoak, Scotland. Attended Dollar Academy and gained degree at Edinburgh
University. Worked in Free Church Home Missions around Scotland.
From the Free Church of Scotland.
Ordained Waiuku SAP 3.3.1866 - resigned 1869
received by the Presbyterian Synod of Otago & Southland as Probationer 12.1.1869
Balclutha ClP 1870 - resigned 1872
Did Church Extension work for many years - Hokonui 1875 (Mataura Plain);
and as Missionary (Home Missionary) to First Church Invercargill 11.6 to 17.12.1874.
Waitahuna supply 6 months.
Prepared students to matriculate at Otago University.
Died 14 June 1884 at North East Valley, Dunedin aged 53 years.
Interred in Northern Cemetery, Dunedin.
ARROWSMITH, Rev David M.A.
Taita Union WnP 2.1984
ARROWSMITH, Sr Doris Mary M.A.(Durham)
b 26.1.1902 at Stockton-on-Tees, England
fr PCE. After MA she took Cambridge Post Gradute Teachers Certificate;
spent 7 yrs teaching in Eng. In 1929 she studied at Carey Hall (MissTrain Coll of Pres, Cong
& Bapt Chs at Selly Oak Birmingham). Miss with PCE at Amoy Sth China; Head of
Girls School, Sec & Prim 1930 for 11 yrs. Following the Jap occupation, she came to NZ
in a very frail state of health 1941. She taught at Queen Margaret Coll Wn, & assisted at
PSSA Home at Berhampore Wn.
Principal Deac Coll Dn 1.1.1943 to 11.1945.
She returned to Eng at end 1945 & accepted a position assisting Chinese wives of
British servicemen & other immigrant studs. When Hungary came under Communist rule
she paid a visit there, encouraging the Ch which had gone underground, & liaising with
families having members in Eng. She taught for a period at St Colms, Edinburgh
(Deac Coll of CS). After returning to NZ volunteered for 1 yr in Vanuatu.
Appointed to relieving position at Onesua High School, New Hebrides Oct 1968
Appt. Onesua High School 26 Jan 1969
Returned to NZ 4 Jun 1969
Retired to Auckland where she continued her inner-city work at St James Ak.
‘Innumerable lives in countries of different political culture, religious denomination,
economic conditions, have been enriched by the life & work of this quietly spoken,
intellectual Englishwoman, whose scholarship was matched by her practical commitment
to those in need, whose friendship had given fresh vision to us who have known & loved
ARTHUR, Jessie Shaw (known as Sr Aileen)
b 5.12.1891 - fr N E Valley Dn
PWTI 1919-20 Ord Deac for Maori Work 18.11.1920
Te Whaiti 19.4.1921
Waimana 1922 - Te Teko; to Waimana; to Taupo.
She was a volunteer secured by Sr Jessie Alexander for Nuhaka;
became assist at Native School there & assisted in Miss Work.
Went to PWTI & thereafter one of Miss staff.
ARTHUR, Miss E.M.
Sister of Sr Aileen above - Maori Miss
Waimana 1923 res 12.1925 on death of her Father in Dn.
ARTHUR, Rev James M.A.
Wyndham MtP - listed 1901 as Min of Wyndham;
no further mention of his name.
(Is he the Father of the two sisters above?)
ASH, Rev William Henry
b. Cornwall, England 1857. Came to NZ.
Educated at the Otago Boy’s High School and at the University of Otago, Editor of University
Newspaper, studied Law then 3 years in a law office, then to the NZ Loan and Mercantile Agency
Company in Dunedin. Active member of St Andrew's Dunedin Superintendent of Walker Street
Theological Hall Dunedin 1892-94
Licensed by Presbytery of Dunedin Nov 1894
Ordained Ravensbourne-St Leonard’s Dunedin DnP 11 Dec 1895 - Resigned Oct 1898
He went to Australia in 1898 for health reasons, arrived 11.5.1898
Admitted to the Presb. Church of New South Wales May 1899.
Supply then –
North St Leonard’s-Crow’s Nest 1899-1909
Dubbo (Presb. Church of NSW) 1909-1914
Werribee (Presb. Church of Victoria) 1914-1919
Alphington Melbourne (Presb. Church of Victoria) 1919-1925
Died in Melbourne Australia 1940
ASHER, Rev John Alexander B.A.
b 8.7.1864 Invercargill;
w Jessie nee Kitchin, of Morayshire (daughter of John Kitchin builder)
b 8.10.1864 m 28.3.1891 d 30.9.1929
OU grad BA 1886; started Hall 1886,but had been awarded scholarship to Scot 1883;
went to New Coll Edin to study theol 1886; lic by FC Scot & returned to NZ;
recd by OSyn 1890.
Ord Gore MtP 26.11.1890
St Pauls Napier 18.1.1899 ret 31.3.1935
A scholar, outstanding preacher & notable leader.
Mod Ass 1919;
Clerk HBP many yrs; Conv many Coms (Ass & Pr);
memb Bd of Govs Napier High Schools, & of Iona Coll;
Chmn Hawkes Bay Centennial Historic Com.
He played an important part in Maori Miss & Educ;
Conv Maori Miss Com 1920-8, supported development of Turakina Maori Girls Coll;
St Pauls Napier destroyed by fire 5.4.1929; services held in hall till Ch rebuilt;
wife d 30.9.1929; new Ch destroyed in Napier earthquake 3.2.1931 (he was due to ret 1931).
‘Faced now with disaster in his own life, he never considered the possibility of defeat.
With the Ch gone, he conducted services in the open air. As soon as the churches
surviving in the city were reopened, he was pressed fellow-ministers to use their
buildings - which he did with all his style & eloquence undiminished. He set in motion
plans to build a third Ch which, while not equalling in beauty the brick building of 1929
would at least be adequate for his beloved congeregation. Such was his standing that
sufficient funds were collected to erect a third Ch, This time in wood, & also a
Sunday School Hall, which was appropriately named ‘Asher Hall’. Pressed by his
congregation to delay his retirement, he stayed on until the parish was fully restored.
He ret 31.3.1935 at the age of 70.’
In ret he lived in Khandallah Wn, & was in great demand for supply.
ASHFORD, Rev Dudley Bright
b 31.10.1883 London
w Beatrice May b 27.9.1881 m 18.7.1908 d 23.11.1954
Brought up in Congregational Church; he began a business career, then went to
Congregational College to train for ministry;
Ordained London 1908.
After marriage was sent by Col Miss Society to NZ;
For a time he ministered at Kawhia & districts; subsequently he left NZ;
he had ministry in Australia, Newfoundland, USA & Great Brit. He returned to NZ 1931.
Nelson supply 1931
New Brighton ChP supply 1932
He was recd as Min of PCNZ on 1.3.1933
Ind Rakaia AsP 9.10.1934
Kaitangata ClP 30.11,1030 resigned from ministry 31.1.1941;
He resigned during World War Two and managed his son’s business, while son was at War.
After War he supplied many vacant parishes.
Died 12.5.1968, aged 84
ASHTON, Rev Graham Glen B.Theol.,A.N.Z.I.M.,A.I.S.M.
w Angela Jeannette m 6.10.1962
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1984-86
Ordained Associate Minister North Invercargill Southland Presbytery 15 February 1987
Inducted North Invercargill (in sole charge) Southland Presbytery 24 September 1989
St Columba's, Pakuranga Auckland Presbytery 21 February 1991 – resigned 18 April 1998
Minister within the Bounds Auckland Presbytery
Served as a Minister in the Elim Church.
Minister Emeritus February 2000
Minister Raglan Union Waikato Presbytery 4 March 2007
Died 29th May 2010 (suddenly)
ASHTON, Rev Robert
HM Huntly WkP 1910
Frankton Junct WkP 1911
Cambridge Outfields WkP 1912, Ord HM 1912
Seddon NMP 1914
Te Kuiti WkP 1916
Hobsonville AP 1917
Northcote NSP 1919 res 1921 thr ill-health.
Reentered HM service 1922
Katikati WkP 1922 wthd 1924; returned to HM serv 1929
Mangaweka WgP 1929
Kutarere BPP 1930
ASHWIN, Rev Allan
b 24.3.1899, Cambridge, NZ.
w Hazel Robina Mary b 9.9.1899 m 27.6.1928 d 13.4.1984
Formerly a Harness and Bootmaker, completed the HM course.
Supplied the Methodist Church at Ohaewai for 10 months 1924-25.
HM Reefton WsP 1.4.1930; Ord HM Nov 1931
Stirling ClP 1933 (12 months supply)
Waitara TkP 1934
Pukemiro WkP 1937
Taradale HBP 1940
Otaki WnP 1946, raised to full Ministerial status by Assembly 1946
Knox Fitzroy TkP 4.9.1947
Te Puke BPP 27.10.1955 - retired 26.4.1964
Died 16.4.1986 Wanganui
ASI, Rev Saiifaleupolu Si-itia
Ind Opoho DnP 11.1995
ASKIN, Mr T.C. B.A.
Maori Miss - teacher
Te Whaiti Maori Boys Farm School 1948 res 31.10.1956
ASPLAND, Rev Arthur Leopold Macdonald
b 29.10.1869 Channel Islands
w Agnes b 17.2.1866 m 25.12.1890 pred h.
His Father was an Army Officer; he spent his younger years in India, Nova Scotia,
and parts of Europe. He was trained in England for the Congregational Church;
Licensed & Ordained 1901.
He was noted for his evangelistic fervour; he toured most parts of England as an Evangelist.
Came to NZ to be Minister of the old Courtenay Place Congregational Church Wellington
(Cambridge Terrace Church) where he served for 11 years; then to Palmerston North for 5 years
Received into the PCNZ by General Assembly 2.1919.
Ind Ormond Gisborne 19.3.1920
Frankton Hamilton 10.1.1923
Parnell AP 6.10.1926 [one record gives date as 5.10.1926] - retired 31.8.1934
HM Belmont AP 1939
HM Morningside AP 1939
In retirement PSSA Assistant Hospital Chaplain, Brit Sailors Society, supply.
ASTBURY, Miss A.M.W. (Sr Nancy) [Mrs McPheat]
h. William McPheat b (?) m. 1925 d. (?)
Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute, Dunedin 1922-24
Ordained Deaconess for Mission service China 28.8.1924
Canton Villages Mission, arrived China 24.10.1924
Resigned 31.8.1925 to marry Mr William McPheat (refer separate entry)
Movde to Brisbane Australia.
Mother of Rev Scott McPheat.
ASTIL, Mr & Mrs
Maori Miss - teachers at Whakaki Native School & assisted with Miss work 1923
ATKINS, Rev Samuel Joseph
b 1883 Tasmania.
w. (?), m.(?), d.(?)
Trained Ormond College Melbourne Australia, licensed 1920;
Inducted by Presbytery of Seymour Victoria 16.3.1920 served in six spheres then
in 1926 exchanged with Minister of Rotorua so that his wife might have treatment
at the Baths. Treatment was so beneficial that he decided to come to NZ permanently.
Rotorua (exchange) 1926
Appt. Belmont Church Extension Charge; after 3 years charge had so progressed that it
became fully sanctioned, and he was called as Minister of :
Belmont Auckland (Church Extension) AP 30.9.1926;
Inducted to fully sanctioned charge 8.10.1929
Frankton Hamilton WkP 22.12.1931 - resigned 10.9.1940 due to ill-health.
Then, owing to failing eyesight and health, he was unable to take settled charge,
except for short periods.
A singer; he had a fine voice.
Tasman NMP 1941 (appointed but not accepted)
Mauku SAP 20.1.1942 – not reappointed after 20.1.1943 but supplying.
AUKUSO, Rev Uili Lemalu L.Th.
Theological Hall 1980-82
Ord Honorary Assistant Grey Lynn Auckland AkP 30.6.1988 (two-thirds time)
Ord St. David’s, Gisborne 2.6.1994 (one-third time)
Died July 2013 in Gisborne
AVERY, Mr Arthur Gilbert
He was a stud for the ministry - at university enlisted in NZEF in WW1; he was killed in action.
His estate made a gift of 200 pounds ($400), to be spent in assisting by pecuniary gifts studs at
university preparing for the ministry.
Killed in action in France 3.10.1916
AXELSEN, Rev Edward Andrew (Deposed From Ministry)
w Jeanette K. b 28.7.1876 m 7.4.1902 d 23.7.1921
Reported he had supplied at Ratanui during 1900;
Resigned Dec 1900 to accept appointment with Patient & Prisoners Aid Society, Dunedin
Theological Hall Dunedin 1902, last half of year
The General Assembly gave leave to Ordaining him as agent of PSSA Dunedin;
Ordained 2 April 1908
Deposed from Ministry for gross misconduct 14.8.1922
Served time in Prison.
Noted as living in Sydney Australia in later years.
AYERS, Rev Barry Richard B.A.,B.D.,Dip Tchg.
w Clare Diane m 24.1.1981
Ord Albury-Pleasant Point SCP 2.2.1983
Richmond Grove Invercargill 29.1.1989
Pohutakawa Coast Presbyterian Parish (Beachlands / Maraetai) SAP Jan 2003
Executive Officer, Alpine Presbytery 7 July 2014
AYERS, Rev Dr J.R.
Bucklands Beach Co-op Ak 1983
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