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Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
Galbraith to Gillies
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GAHEGAN, Rev Roxy
Intern, St Aidan's, Northcote, January 2014 - completed studies 1 December 2015
Graduated, St Columba's at Botany, 2 December 2015
Chaplain, St Cuthbert's College, Auckland,17 December 2015
GALBRAITH, Mr J.
HM Okato TkP 1913
GALLEN, Sir Rodney
b 12 August ????
Son of a postmaster, attended Waipawa District High School and Napier Boys High School.
Studied law, admitted to the bar in 1953, became Queen's Counsel in 1978, and High Court Judge in 1983
Elder and Organist of St Columba's Parish, Havelock North
Received a knighthood for his services to the High Court in 2000, continued to work as a Court of Appeal Judge
Member of the Book of Order Committee contributing to the Book of Order edition 2006, the Joint Committee of the General Assembly and Te Aka Puaho, and the Board of the Hillsbrook Orphanage in Havelock North, trustee of Te Whaiti Scholarships, which allowed students to attend Lindisfarne College or Turakina Girls' School, and member of Iona College Council, appointed one of three trustees of Iona College in 2001, patron of Presbyterian Support East Coast
A talented musician, played the organ, bassoon, flute and piano. When Iona College received a significant bequest from an 'old girl', with careful research and advice from Michael Houston, he chose a Fazioli piano.
Called upon again when Margaret Blyth, an 'old girl', left a substantial amount to Iona College to build The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, in memory of her parents in 2012
died 3 March 2012 after a brief illness, The Blyth Performing Arts Centre was finished after his death
Sir Rodney was known among his peers not only as a wise and humanitarian senior jurist, but also as a man of many parts. He had a great compassion for his fellow human beings, working tirelessly for others and was deeply committed to the environment, youth and family. (Havelock North Village Press, Havelock North, 2 August 2016, page 10)
GALLOWAY, Rev Benjamin Chisholm
b. 16.6.1874, NZ
w.Mary Blair b.(?) m.1901 d.27 Jun 1938
Formerly a Bookseller and Jeweller. His family were foundation members of
Mornington Church Dunedin. For many years he was an Elder and local
preacher in and around Invercargill.
Later in life, he joined the Home Missionary staff 18.8.1933.
HM Waianiwa SP 18.8.1933
Hedgehope SP (supply) 1935
Stewart Island SP 1935;
Ordained Home Missionary 21.11.1935
First cousin of Rev AR Chisholm & Rev RA Chisholm.
Died 27.6.1938, aged 63, in office.
GALLOWAY, Rev Hamish Lindsay Ll.B.(Hons), B.Th., MBS(Dist).
w Anne Frances m 22 December 1979
Theological Hall 1981-1983
Ordained St Stephens Timaru 1 December 1983
Chaplain St Andrews College Christchurch ChP 29 September 1989
Hornby, Christchurch Presbytery January 2011
GALLOWAY, Rev Ian Alexander
b 31.8.1929; w Catherine Marie m 10.1.1959
HM Te Atatu AP 1959
Orewa NSP 1.2.1962
Ord Mararoa (Mossburn SP) 5.5.1966
Glenfield NSP 3.2.1976
Pokeno SAP SS 30.6.1989
Minister Emeritus 1.2.1994 at Waihi Beach
Died 31 July 2013
GALLOWAY, Rev James
From Fife, Scotland.
Attended New College Edinburgh, under the Presbytery of Kirkcaldy (noted as being in third year session 1871-72.)
Appointed (as student) to New Zealand by the Colonial Committee of the Free Church of Scotland 16 July 1872.
Waiuku SAP 1873 (Mauku in 1873 List)
He took up residence at Pukekohe (then part of Waiuku) in 1874; Church opened at Queens Redoubt on 20.8.1874
Church built at Awhitu 1877
“Thank God for the Christian patience and cheerfulness with which their departed Brother bore the protracted
malady, which cut him off at an early age, which was accorded to his ministry and hope that the deep impressions
and spiritual instruction he conveyed will long continue to bring forth fruit.”
GALLOWAY, Miss Lorna Deas
Turakina Maori Girls Coll, teacher 7.10.1943; Matron 1.2.1950
GALUVAKADUA, Rev T.
Miss New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Onesua High School, 1st Assistant 1961
Iririki District School, Headmaster, appointed under the Australian Presb.
Church Board of Missions from 1.1.1966
GALVIN, Rev Raymond (Ray) James B.E.(Hons), B.D., Med(Hons), Dip Teaching, CELTA, KDSDip.
w Jane Louise m 21 January 1978
Theological Hall 1973-1975
Ordained Assistant Somervell Memorial Church Remuera Auckland Presbytery 11 July 1976 –
Resigned 30 September 1976 - overseas study.
Belmont North Shore Presbytery 4 December 1977
Special Ministry on Peace Auckland (North Shore Presbytery) 10 December 1983 and withdrew.
University Chaplain, Maclaurin Auckland 31 January 1985 - resigned 16 August 1991 to take position as Minister in Vienna, Austria.
St Andrews Birkenhead North Shore Presbytery 3 November 1994.
Lodged Certificate December 2001
Minister Emeritus September 2011
GAMMON, Rev James Lloyd
b. (?) Wales, United Kingdom
w. Dora b.(?) m.(?)
Terrace Congregational Church, Wellington
Minister of the Congregational Church, Moray Place , Dunedin from 1954
Entered the Presb. Church of NZ with the Congregational Church at Assembly 1969.
Associate Minister, First Church, Dunedin Oct 1966 until retirement in 1978
“For 40 years his was a familiar voice singling with considerable gusto the hymns of
his faith and the songs of the land of his birth, Wales. For 23 yearts his preaching,
marrying, burying, and visiting ministries made an impact on the lives of Duendin
people. Lloyd was always there for people. He was there when needed in time of war
and gave distinguished service. From a modest background…. [He] never lost his
love of and common touch with ordinary folk. Gifted with good memory, his was not
a towering intellect nor he would say a towering faith. But his life, his witness, his
witness inspired, encouraged and enabled many people to rise above their own
frailties, and to rise high in their callings as human beings and servants of God.”
Member of the Board of the Presb. Social Services Association, and served as
Moderator of Dunedin Presbytery.
GARBUTT, Misas M.M.
Maori Miss ; PWTI part course
Waiohau kinderg teacher part-time 1.4.1935
Waimana kinderg teacher 1935 res 31.1.1940 on acct of strain of home circumstances.
GARDINER, Rev Allan Grindell L.Th.(Melb)
b 21.4.1893 Napier; w Violet Elizabeth b 20.3.1895 m 28.1.1920 d 24.9.1982
He served his time as carpenter & joiner in Gisborne; undertook full-time work with
YMCA Gisborne, Wn, & Aust. He enlisted in WW1 with Aust Army; returned to NZ to
YMCA Palmerston North.
Ord Winton SP 11.11.1931
St James WnP 11.11.1936
Chap 2NZEF 15.9.1940
Paterangi WkP 4.12.1945
St Andrews Suva Fiji 10.3.1953
Westmere WgP 18.12.1956 ret 29.2.1960
Brother of Sr May Gardiner
Died 2.11.1974 Tauranga, aged 81
GARDINER, Rev Charles D.
HM Colac Bay (including Taringatura Outfields) SP late 1901;
recd as HM prob by Ass 1903
Hall 1906 as Bapt stud.
GARDINER, Miss D.
Maori Miss - Rep 1937: she has been acting as temp assist at Nuhaka; res 25.7.1937 in view
of approaching marriage.
GARDINER, Rev Edward
b 20.10.1875 Mataura; w Jane b 22.4.1870 m 27.11.1895 d 1.4.1954
He became stud for min in 1905; adverse circumstances forced him to discontinue for a time.
He applied to be HM in 1913, & was accepted.
HM Sth Invercargill (later called St Andrews) 1913
Sawyers Bay DnP 1916 (while in Hall)
Ord St Andrews Sth Invercargill 7.1.1919 ret 1942; ord at St Andrews as 1st Min since it
became fully sanctioned charge. (He had served there as HM).
Mod OSyn 1934; Clerk SP 9.1920 to 7.1923
GARDINER, Rev J. Anderson
Ind Bluff SP 3.1.1894 - called to Manly, Sydney 12.1895
GARDINER, Rev John Thomson
b 28.1.1912 at Winton
w Edna Alexandra b 8.1.1913 m 25.10.1941
Formerly a Civil Engineer. Educated at Southland Boys High School and Otago
University where he took an Arts course with a view to studying for full ministry.
Joined the Home Missionary service 1.5.1933
HM Stewart Island SP 1934
HM Tokanui-Waikawa SP 1935
HM South Taieri DnP 1936 – resigned 31.12.1937 to continue his studies.
Theological Hall 1940-42
Ord Wyndham MtP 2.2.1943
St Peters, Woolston, Christchurch ChP 21.4.1948
Balclutha ClP 19.11.1953
St Andrews, Suva, Fiji 30.6.1962
Trinity, Rotorua (Ngongotaha BPP) 9.5.1967 - retired 31.3.1969
Devonport, Auckland NSP (locum)
In retirement ran a coffee lounge in Takapuna then became a registered Real Estate
Agent, latterly managing a Real Estate firm.
“With all the wealth of his life experiences, he remained truly a simple person. That
was his strength. He could relate to anyone, at any level. His faith was a strong and
simple one, one which he held with a tenacious passion. He had an innate openness
to people and a generosity of spirit that endeared him to all. He was a faithful servant
of the church as a minister of the Word and Sacraments and in the pastoral care of
the people in his charge.” (from Obituary)
Died c. 1999-2000
GARDINER, Mayrie (Sr May)
b 18.8.1881 at Napier
Educated at Napier.
Undertook some work with the Maori Mission and was put on staff towards end of
1919; she resigned 31.12.1920 to go to PWTI at Dunedin.
Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute 1921-23
Ordained Deaconess 23.11.1923
Appointed to Maori Mission 1.1.1924
Nuhaka 12.1923 to 1945
Sr J Alexander & M. Gardiner on 14.12.1921 left Nuhaka and opened new station at
Waikaremoana in Rangiora Cottage, built with money raised by the Girls Auxiliary at
Rangiora Canterbury during the ministry of Rev W.H. Howes. In the winter May was
back at the PWTI, and on 23.11.1923 she was ordained Deaconess and appointed to
Nuhaka, where over the years she built up a fine band of earnest, Christian Maoris.
Pentland Avenue Maori Girls Hostel Auckland 1946; Matron 1947 - retired 30.11.1948.
Retired from the Maori Mission 28.2.1949
Opotiki (part-time) 1.2.1952
Wairoa (part-time) with Sr Ross, 1959 (serving unofficially)
Sister of Rev A.G. Gardiner
Died 14.10.1965 at Whakatane
GARDINER, Rev Francis Leslie (Frank)
b 1899 Hull Eng.
During WW1 he served in Royal Navy; on one occasion his ship was torpedoed, leaving him
in the cold sea for many hours. He came to NZ in 1920, & felt Call to min.
HM Waiheke Is AP 1951, Ord HM 1951
Takaka NMP 1953 ret 1957
In later yrs (in ret) he helped Eric Dyason in Mauku SAP.
He was an excellent singer, & often sang on radio. ‘He had an uncomplaining & ever grateful
spirit. We salute this man who was ever the man for others, who found it the greatest of
priveleges to serve the Lord to whom he was so dedicated.’
GARDNER, Rev Peter Grant M.A., B.D., Ph.D.(Lond)
w Joan m 28.1.1967
Ord Orari SCP 16.4.1970
Opoho DnP 4.2.1975
St Pauls Timaru SCP 5.2.1987
Minister Emeritus Dec 1999
GARDNER, Rev Robert
b 18.5.1858; w Helen b 16.7.1858 m 16.7.1878
While an elder at Gore, he offered himself as HM & was app to HM Pukerau MtP 1890
Oteramika SP 1895
Matawhero Gisborne 1898; having completed his study he was raised to full status & -
Ord Min Matawhero 12.2.1903
Woodville 4.8.1908 ret 31.8.1931 - 23 yrs
During his min Chs were built in Pukerau, Waipahi, Woodville, & Ch & Manse at
Matawhero. He had the faculty of getting things done.
‘A man of wide sympathy & he gained the affection of the people.’
Died 31.1.1936, aged 77
GARDNER, Mr Robert S.
An elder at Knox Ch Dn who was also employed by Knox Ch to keep up the services &
visitation at Pine Hill, Dn.
Pine Hill DnP 1901-6 (in effect a HM)
GARLAND, Rev Margaret M.A., B.A.
Opoho, Southern Presbytery, December 2012
GARNER, Mr W.M.
HM Aria WkP 1922 res 1924 & wthd
GARRETT, Mr Russell
Youth Field Worker, with PD&M Dept 1988
GARRITY, Rev Maxwell James
b 6 May 1927; w Mabel Lawrence b 7 January 1930 m 24 September 1970
Ordained Mangakino, Waikato Presbytery, 12 December 1967
Christchurch North, 6 September 1973
Waikaka Valley, Mataura Presbytery, 4 February 1986
Minister Emeritus, Christchurch Presbytery, 31 December 1989
Minister Emeritus, Wellington Presbytery, 1 January 2014
Minister Emeritus, Presbytery Central Nukuhau Tapu, 31 January 2015
GASTON, Rev Samuel
As stud he did supply Central Otago 1903-4; Hindon & Lee Stream DnP 1905-6
Ord Pukerau MtP 1.9.1909 res 30.6.1913
Otorohanga WkP 1918 res fr HM serv 1919
GAULTER, Rev Willim Henry M.A.
b. Perth Scotland 1832
w. Helen M Burns b. (?) m. 1861 d.(?)
Attended University of Glasgow and New College Edinburgh (one records states Free Church College, Aberdeen)
Ordained at Hawick 1859
Trinity Church, Aberdeen 1864
St Mark’s Church, Glasgow 1877
Selected for First Church Dunedin NZ by a Commission of the Free Church of Scotland.
Inducted to First Church Dunedin 1.1.1885 - died 5 months later.
Introduced the use of Communion cards in lieu of tokens and re-opened Prayer meetings.
Died in office 20 July 1885. Interred in Northern Cemetery, Dunedin
GAUT, Rev Henry Charles Lusher
w. Louisa Annie d. 15 November 1927 aged 62 years
Inducted Waianiwa SP 5 May 1919 - resigned 12 February 1922 and joined the Anglican Church.
Vicar Winton September 1925
Died 16 February 1933 aged 64 years, buried at Winton Cemetery
GAZZARD, Rev Brian M. B.A.,B.D.,M.Th.
w Leigh Sandrey m 30.3.1986
fr United Ch of Canada
Mairangi & Castor Bays NSP 8.10.1987 - resigned 25.9.1990
Resigned from Ministry
GEDDES, Rev Robert Ralph B.A.
w Judith Ann m 21.11.1964
Theological Hall 1965-7; Hosp Intern 1968
Ordained Makarewa SP 13.2.1969
Chaplain Cherry Farm Phsychiatric Hospital Dunedin 30.5.1974
West Harbour Union DnP 1.3.1988, term completed 31.1.1994,
Chaplain Presbyterian Support Otago (half time) Nov 1993
Minister within the Bounds DnP Apr 2001
Minister Emeritus DnP 2004
GEERING, Rev. Dr. Lloyd George ONZ; PCNZM; C.B.E., M.A., B.D.(Hons, Melb), D.D.(Otago).
w (1) Nancy Marie b 11.11.1921 m 22.5.1943 d 9.1949
w (2) Elaine Morrison b 10.8.1927 m 20.11.1951 d. suddenly 18.8.2001
Theological Hall 1940-42
Ordained locum tenens Kurow NOP 26.2.1943
Opoho, Dunedin DnP 18.10.1945
St James, Wellington WnP 5.10.1950 - resigned 28.2.1956 to -
Professor of Old Testament Studies Presb. Church Hall Brisbane Queensland, Australia.
Professor of Old Testament Studies Theological Hall Dunedin 29.2.1960
Principal of Theological Hall Dunedin 12.2.1963 - resigned 31.5.1971
A charge of heresy was brought against Lloyd at the 1967 Assembly by Mr R.J. Wardlaw, elder,
and Rev R.J. Blaikie. After full discussion (transmitted direct on TV) the Assembly dismissed the
charge. This trial raised interest and controversy throughout NZ, and beyond, not only in the
Church, but in offices, shops, factories and wherever people gather. It caused religion to be talked
about almost everywhere. For many it brought relief, revealing the Christian faith as rational in
modern terms, which are acceptable in the Church. For others it contradicted the essence of the
Christian religion. After a period Lloyd resigned from the Church to take up a post as Proffessor of
Religious Studies at Victoria University Wellington, where his classes were crowded, and he also
gave sets of public lectures and courses which aroused considerable interest. One main course of
public lectures was published each year for a number of years.
Professor of Religious Studies, Victoria University Wellington 1.6.1971 and
Honorary Associate Minister St Johns Wellington WnP
In retirement he continued public lectures at St Andrews Church Wellington for a period.
Commander of the Order of the British Empire 1988
Honorary Assistant St Andrews Wellington WnP 1989
Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit 2001, re-designated Knight Grand Companion 2009
Member of the Order of New Zealand 30 December 2006
GELLER, Rev Dr
Hon Assoc Otaki-Waikanae WnP 1.2.1991.
GELLIE, Rev J.C. B.A.(St Andrews)
Ordained as minister of the Established Church of Scotland at Hogganfield.
Ministered in various charges before sailing for New Zealand.
Supplied in Westland for short time.
Called to Lauder Parish COP, inducted at St Bathan’s 29.5.1893
Retired from active ministry 30.4.1904 at almost 70 years of age.
Died 8.9.1922, aged 85 His wish was to be buried at St Bathan’s among friends.
GEMMELL, Rev James
b 24.8.1878 Edinburgh
w Jessie b 12.8.1877 m 18.3.1912 d 28.5.1958
Formerly a Chemist. Trained at Edinburgh University and began work in ministry of
the Church of Scotland on Burra Isle, Shetlands, where he Ministered for 4 years.
During World War One he served in the Artillery; he was seriously wounded;
worked in YMCA for 18 months before coming to NZ in 1921, in the Home Mission
scheme under Dr Gibb. Did not take the HM course but holds certificates for English,
Latin and Greek from the Educational Institute of Scotland.
HM Hamner Springs ChP 4.7.1921 Ord HM May 1921
Seacliff-Warrington DnP 1931
Took 6 months leave to visit Scotland from 1.5.1937 to 1.11.1937
Spreydon ChP 1938 - retired 14.12.1948
GEORGE, Rev R.L.
Meth Ch - Ord 1952
Taita Union WnP 2.1970
Newlands Union WnP 2.1976
Turangi Co-op BPP 2.1981 to 1984
GERRITSON, Rev Hendrik B.A.,B.D,
St Austells Co-op New Lynn Ak 3.1980
GEULACH, Rev G.
Chap Army Waiouru 1984
GIBB, Rev George Henry B.A.
w Elsie S. b 28.1.1891 m 3.3.1915
HM Shannon 1910, had 1 year as student here.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1911-13
Licensed by Wellington Presbytery 1914
Ordained Queenstown COP 19.6.1914
Nelson NMP 20.3.1917
Knox Parnell Auckland AP 12.4.1923 - resigned 29.3.1926 and went to England.
Son of Rev J. Gibb; Brother of Rev M.C. Gibb
GIBB, Very Rev Dr James D.D. (Aberdeen 1903)
b 15.6.1857 Aberdeen;
w Jane (Jean) Paterson Smith of Aberdeen b 9.4.1857 m. at Aberdeen 28.12.1881 d 31.10.1932
Son of James Gibb, a Shoemaker, and Jane nee Greig. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar
School 1863 to 1872. Spent two years in the Union Bank of Scotland 1872 to 1874.
the University of Aberdeen from 1876 then at the United Presb. Church Theological Hall in Edinburgh.
After two years of indifferent health, he migrated to Australia and completed his final (third)
year of Theological studies at Ormond College in Melbourne 1882.
Licensed by the Presbytery of Melbourne 19 Dec 1882
Ordained & Inducted to Footscray 5 Mar 1883 – resigned 1 Dec 1885
Opposed to the unitarian Australian Minister, the Rev Charles Strong, 1883.
Visited Dunedin. New Zealand May 1884.
To New Zealand –
Called to -
First Church Dunedin DnP, Inducted 27.1.1886 (aged 29) to 1903
called to -
St Johns Wellington WnP 12.8.1903 - retired 18.4.1926
Miramar Home Mission Station (in retirement) WnP 1928
After his health broke down 1933-34 he was advised to take a trip to Australia, returned home Nov 1934.
He had marked zeal for Church Union throughout his life; Chairman of the Union Committee 1895-1901;
Moderator of the first combined Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand after Church Union 1901;
Moderator of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland 1901-1902; Convener of the Home Mission
Committee 1908-20; prominent in Public Questions Committee; took leading part in establishment of Scots
College 1916, and of Queen Margaret College 1920, and was Chairman of both Boards until 1933. President of
Dunedin Social Reform Association 1893-94; President of the St John Ambulance Association 1898; initiated
The Council of Churches in Dunedin 1888-1903, being their President 1899-1900; presided over Church Union
negotiations of Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational Churches 1902-07; visited Great Britain in 1920
to recruit Home Missionaries and Ministers; on visit was impressed with need for peace movement and on his
return brought into existence the NZ League of Nations Union 1921-34; Chairman of the Wellington Presbyterian
Support Services Association (PSSA) 1910-35; had strong ministry to youth and in his congregation the Bible
Class Movement was born (by George Troup, elder, along with W.H. Rose, elder, St Paul’s Christchurch); after
retirement he raised funds for theological scholarships and for the Turakina Maori Girls College.
Campaigner against gambling, Sabbath-breaking, illicit sex, opium trade, strong supporter for Bible in Schools
and the Peace Movement.
‘From the first he exercised a powerful ministry and was prominent in the Courts of the Church.’
‘In Dunedin he began a ministry of great force, fearless courage, and evangelical passion.’
‘For nearly 50 years he was a leader of outstanding ability, tireless energy and passionate devotion to Christ
and his Church; a man of action, a scholar, an administrator with vision, an enthusiast for all that made for
righteousness and truth, a prophet to his generation, fearlessly applying the Word of God to the social,
national and international questions of his time. With incisive clarity and burning eloquence, in the pulpit and
on the platform, in the Courts of the Church and by the use of his pen, he advocated every cause that made for
the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. .... a prince and a ruler in Israel.’
Father of the Rev G.H. Gibb and of the Rev M.C. Gibb.
GIBB, Rev Leslie
w Margaret Mabel b 2.11.1923 m 3.5.1944
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1957-8 (special course)
Ord Springburn-Mt Somers AsP 4.12.1958
Bluff SP 10.10.1961 - resigned from ministry 20.4.1964
GIBB, Rev Malcolm C. B.A.,B.D,
b 18 July 1899 in Dunedin, to Rev James Gibb and Jane (Jean) Paterson (nee Smith)
w Phyllis MBE d. 1 May 1987
Educated Wellington College, Victoria University
Theological Hall, Dunedin1923-1925
Melbourne College of Divinity B.D. 1926
Ordained Huntly Waikato Presbytery 3 March 1926 resigned 12 July 1931 ill-health, asthma.
He decided to try the climate in Australia. The Church Extension Committee gave special
praise to his work at Huntly, handicapped by his health. It was noted that he had a charge in
Moree New South Wales & his health was much better there.
To Presbyterian Church of New South Wales:
Campsie 29 October 1931
Moree 14 November 1935
Cressnock 28 August 1941
Broken Hill 5 June 1945
Retired 31 July 1964. Resided Bennettswood, Melbourne and Orange, New South Wales
He did not return to New Zealand.
Son of the Rev James Gibb & Brother of the Rev GH Gibb.
d. 11 November 1969
GIBB, Rev Walter Ronald (Ron) Prentice B.A.
b 15.5.1929; w Robina Ann m 25.1.1958
Theological Hall 1958-60
Ordained Otaki WnP 13.12.1960 - resigned 16.11.1966 and withdrew.
Minister within the Bounds WnP Nov 1996
Removed from Roll 20 February 2007
GIBBINS, Mr G. Stanley
Appointed 1906 as a “lay handyman” to assist Dr Bowie at Ambrim Hospital New Hebrides.
He proved both unqualified and unsuitable - resigned 1907 and returned to New Zealand.
Local Ministry Team, Riverton Union, Southland Presbytery, 2009
GIBSON, Mr Alexander (Sandy) Milne & Mrs Lorraine Margaret
b. Brisbane, Australia. Educated at Queensland Schools to senior level.
Gained Teachers’ C1 Certificate. Employed by Queensland Education Department.
w. Lorraine Margaret Gibson, b. Brisbane m. (?)
Missionary Teacher New Hebrides (Vanuatu) - Temporary Appointment, Appt. 1964
Ulei, Havannah Harbour, Efate 14.5.1964 - relieving until permanent appointment can be made.
Resigned 10.12.1967 and returned to Australia.
GIBSON, Rev Roger M.
St Lukes Union Masterton WpP 2.1982 app ended 31.1.1989
Raglan Union WkP 1.2.1989
GIBSON, Rev William (Bill) Wallace
b 2.11.1930 at Christchurch.
w Joan Margaret b 5.4.1929 m 28.1.1956
Began studies in law as a part-time student at Victoria University. After two years
he moved into the commercial world as a salesman and then into lower level
management and the opportunity to develop accounting and administrative skills.
Joined the Territorials, rising to the rank of Captain in the Scottish Regiment.
After marriage in 1956, ran a grocery store in Wadestown before deciding to offer
himself for the ministry.
Theological Hall 1963-65
Ordained Foxton MnP 25.11.1965
St Johns, Hawera TkP 6.2.1969 - resigned 20.2.1978
Taranaki representative on the Board of Presbyterian Social Services Association,
Executive Officer PSSA Wellington, Inducted 2.2.1978
Bill applied for this position because he thought that his background in law and
commerce as well as his pastoral experience and his work in Presbytery and with
the Assemby gave him a unique set of skills to bring to the position.
Director, Presbyterian Support Services Wellington, 20.3.1986 - resigned 4.3.1988
First Church, Martinborough WpP Stated Supply 31.3.1988, Inducted 1.12.1988 (later
acted as part-time Minister)
Convener of Standing Committees of the General Assembly
Minister Emeritus Apr 1996
A Mason, he rose to the level of Grand Provincial Chaplain and was at the date of his
death an Honorary Grand Warden. He saw no incompatability between the Ministry
and being a Mason.
Bill spoke of himself as a middle of the road Minister who saw his calling in pastoral
terms. He was widely read and thought deeply about theological issues and ethical
issues. But he always felt that he was at heart a pastor especially to those in need in
the parish or in the local lodge.
Died 1 Jun 2002 after a short illness (cancer).
GIESEN, Miss Edith H.M.
From Feilding; formerly of the Poona Indian Mission. Our Foreign Missions Committee
made arrangements with the Free Church of Scotland for her to do Zenana work with their
Indian Mission; our Committee to pay half her salary
Madras 1903 (appointment approved 1902).
Rep 1904: Assembly offered to pay full salary instead of half.
Rep 1907: Assembly reduced their share of salary back to half.
She resigned 1909 owing to domestic sickness at home, and returned to Feilding to care
for her parents.
GILBERT, Rev Geoffrey T.
Tamatea Community Ch (Co-op) HBP 2.1982
Kapiti Co-op WnP 6.1984 appt completed 31.1.1988 & ret.
GILBERT, Mr Hannibal Lyne (Known as “Holy Joe”)
born: 1826, Cornwall, England
wife: Elizabeth Congdon Gilbert, married: 1846 at Penzance, died: 15 January 1898, aged 79, at her residence, Balclutha North, interred Balclutha cemetery
Self taught, having left school at the age of 8 years.
Spent 8 years at sea then after his marriage he worked in the Cornish copper and tin mines, a preacher in the Wesleyan churches of his home area
Came to Otago New Zealand by the Evening Star in 1860.
Worked as a painter and a stone carver in Dunedin for one year.
The first missionary to the gold miners at Gabriel’s Gully near Lawrence, 1861 to 1862.
Held his first service for the gold miners there on the first Sunday of July 1861.
Earned the nickname 'Holy Joe', and struck a rich patch of gold at Tuapeka
Employed by Knox Church Dunedin in 1863 as a Missionary, supplying the spiritual wants of the rapidly increasing population of the city.
He led a revival in religion in the North East Valley area of Dunedin.
Appointed Missionary to the Seamen’s Union, Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 1864 to 1874
Used a small boat to visit ships at anchor and called on isolated families around Otago harbour
Regular lecture tours and preaching through Central Otago to help fund his mission work
Appointed to the new Charge of Papakaio, then later to Livingstone.
Appointed Missionary to Lovell’s Flat and Hillend districts, 1880, in which position he laboured until his death.
Occasionally officiated in Balclutha while Mr Currie was absent.
Although he was a self-taught man he possessed a fluency of speech that never failed him. He was what is known as an extremely ‘handy man’, was always willing to assist and was such a man as is wanted and is much appreciated in a newly settled district. There are but a few handcrafts he could not do a little at, and was ever ready to make or repair machinery, furniture, etc. Mr Gilbert leaves a widow, two sons, and five daughters, all grown up and married. (From Obituary)
Died: 14 September 1895, aged 69 years, interred Balclutha Cemetery
GILBERT, Rev Henry George (Harry)
born 6 April 1881, at Cust, Canterbury
wife Florence Margaret Carrington, born: 12 October 1887, married 22 December 1914, died 16 October 1943
Served (under age) with the Seventh Canterbury Mounted Rifles during the latter stages of the Boer War in South Africa.
After working in Australia and New Zealand, he decided to train for the Ministry.
Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1912-1914
Ordained Maheno, North Otago Presbytery, 14 January 1915 - resigned 7 November 1916 to -
Chaplain, First New Zealand Expeditionary Force, from 7 November 1916 to 1919
St Pauls, Invercargill, Southland Presbytery, 18 February 1920
St Andrews, Hamilton, Waikato Presbytery, 8 January 1925 - retired 31 January 1946 but continued to live in Hamilton.
Served on the Foreign Mission Committee and before returning from a trip to Britain and the Holy Land in 1936 he purchased a 16mm cine camera for the committee and took a quantity of cine film in Kodacolour of our Mission Areas in the Punjab and in South China.
Only a black and white portion of the latter and a few other fragments survive.
He was a renowned preacher; he served 18 months with Presbyterian Social Services Association in Hawkes Bay and Poverty Bay; after retirement served in the New Zealand Alliance (for abolition of liquor trade) as lecturer; his hobby was violin making.
Died 24 November 1954
GILBERT, Mr James
HM Sth Invercargill 1901-2
GILBERT, Rev W.S.
Ruawai Union NP 1969
GILCHRIST, Miss Margaret Louisa
b. 16.9.1925 Dunedin. Educated at King Edward Technical College Dunedin including
a 2 year Arts & Crafts Course. At time of appointment she was a Registered Nurse (11½ years),
Maternity Nurse (10½ years), Midwife (1½ years), and a Night Supervising Sister.
A Girls’ Life Brigade Captain with Leadership Certficates, ward Nurse Teacher, Sunday School
& Bible Class Leader.
Maori Mission - Auckland Maori Girls Hostel, temporary assistant appt. 20.11.1950, res. 11.5.1956
Missionary - New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Appt. to temporary position at Vaemali Hospital, Epi 9.1.1960 res 1961
Ponsonby Rd Maori Hostel, Matron 12.4.1961 res 26.4.1961
Pentland Ave Maori Hostel Ak, Matron 31.5.1961
GILDER, Rev Ronald Wassell
w Beverley June m 7 March 1964
Theological Hall 1979-81
Ordained Hinds Ashburton Presbytery 10 December 1981
Port Chalmers United Dunedin Presbytery 16 April 1985
Maheno-Otepopo North Otago Presbytery 3 February 1994
Minister within the Bounds Dunedin Presbytery February 1997
Minister Emeritus, Southern Presbytery, 13 August 2011
GILKISON, Rev Anna M. B.A., B.Theol
(She married Mr Denee, but wishes to be known as Gilkison.)
Theological Hall 1975-1977
Licensed by Wellington Presbytery 1986
University Chaplain (Christchurch) March 1995
Minister within the Bounds Dunedin Presbytery August 1998
Minister within the Bounds Wellington Presbytery 20 August 2002
Commissioned for one year (Methodist Church), Johnsonville Uniting Parish, Wellington, 30 January 2008
Minister (Methodist Church), Johnsonville Uniting Parish, Wellington, 1 February 2009
GILKISON, Very Rev Norman Farquhar M.A., M.A.(Cantab)
b 13.12.1919 at Invercargill.
w Diane Martin b 19.3.1930 m 15.9.1951
Educated at Southland Boy’s High School then enrolled at Otago University in 1938. The Second World
War interrupted his studies. Serving with the Intelligence Section of the 8th Infantry Brigade, mainly in
Guadalcanal. Resumed his studies after the war.
Theological Hall 1946 for 1st Term only; then to Westminster College Cambridge for theological training
(Lewis and Gibson Scholarships).
Ordained Assistant Minister at St Andrews Wellington WnP 8.12.1949 and
General Secretary NZ Student Christian Movement Wellington
South Dunedin DnP 9.10.1952
St Lukes Remuera Auckland AP 19.5.1960
St Stephens Lower Hutt WnP 6.9.1973 - retired 31.1.1985
Minister Emeritus WnP
Moderator of the General Assembly 1977-1978
Convener of the Overseas Missions Committee 1966-73, Convener of the Assembly’s Doctrine
Committee, Convener of the Council for Assembly.
“(Studied) at Westminster College, Cambridge under an outstanding teaching faculty and in company
With fellow students for ministry from all over the world. Participation as a youth delegate to the first
meeting of the World Council of Churches, Amsterdam, 1948, cemented his lifelong commitment to
ecumenism. He believed this is God’s world and God’s church – but which, to persuade a divided
world of the Good News, must practise what it preaches in terms of unity.
…With help from the University Physical Education Department, he established the Kensington
Youth Club (in Dunedin) for underprivileged street kids. It attracted countrywide interest.
His preaching was much valued for its reasoned, well structured presentation of the central core of
Christian belief and application to life, his largeness of mind and feeling for good liturgy. He worked
with the Maori Synod in providing hostels for Maori boy apprentices and for Maori girls.
His outstanding contribution as Convener of the Overseas Missions Committee was instrumental in
persuading the church to move from effectively controlling overseas work to working in partnership
with firmly established young overseas churches. During the theological controversies of the 1960’s,
Norman threw himself into helping opposing persuasions not to give up on the search for understanding.
Norman sought to identify what mattered most in any issue of faith and life. His ready smile, kind
nature and interest in others made him a ‘man for all seasons’ and a good gift of God to the Church”
Died 1 July 2004
Father of Rev Anna Gilkison above.
Maori Mission - Assist to Moffatt, printer at Printery, Whakatane
GILLANDERS, Miss Catherine Emily (Mrs McCallum)
h. Hugh Miller McCallum (refer separate entry) m 30.12.1919
Manunui Boys Farm, Matron 1914
Turakina Maori Girls College, Teacher 2.1918
Resigned Dec 1919 to marry.
Maori Boys Farm Te Whaiti, relieving Matron 1937
GILLANDERS, Sr Catherine Pearl N.Z.R.N. Mrs H. Morley
b 8.3.1927 at Reporoa. Educated at Reporoa Primary School, Tauranga Primary School,
Taupo Primary School, Te Kuiti District High School, and Secondary Dept. commercial
course by correspondence for two years.
h. Charles Henry Morley b 23.8.1907 m 31.7.1971
Deaconess College 1951-3; also nursing training. A qualified Nurse including midwifery
Licensed and Ordained Congregational Deaconess at Mt Eden Church, Auckland AP
4.7.1954 - resigned 11.1956
New Hebrides (Vanuatu) – Deaconess, Nurse
Appt. Sister at Epi Hospital from 2.1958. Returned to NZ through ill-health 21.12.1959, res 11.6.1960;
Reappointed 25.2.1961& returned to New Hebrides 4.3.1961; resigned 19.10.1962 & withdrew for
Otahuhu AP 1.3.1963
Whakatane BPP 8.5.1969 - resigned 31.7.1971 to marry.
GILLANDERS, Sr Kathleen L.
Miss New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Vaemali Hosp, Sister-in-charge 1977, service completed 1983
GILLESPIE, Mr Graham
Reefton Union WsP (Meth lay appt) 2.1989
GILLESPIE, Mr W.B.
HM Manurewa SAP 1922 res fr HM serv 1923
GILLIAM-WEEKS, Rev P. Diane BA., BA(Hons).
Born in USA, sensed a call to serve God and the Church, aged 10
In New Zealand for 30 years before completing ministry training, Television New Zealand producer
Husband: Rev. Reg Weeks
Appointed Director of Communication for the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, 1990
Assembly Appointee, Council of Assembly, Editor of Crosslink
Called to ordained ministry by surprise, responded in obedience
Upper Clutha Parish, Central Otago Presbytery, 2003
Presbytery Moderator, Council of Southern Presbytery, Association of Christian Spiritual Directors
Minister Emerita, Wellington Presbytery, 13 May 2014
GILLIES, Rev Alexander
b. 5 Feb 1873 at Glasgow, Scotland to David & Janet Gillies.
(His Father, who was in commerce, later studied for the ministry, being ordained under the
Free Church of Scotland in 1879, serving at Ophir from 1880 until his death in 1908)
w. Margaret Todd b.(?) m. 28 April 1878 at Glasgow d. (?)
Studied for four years at Glasgow Divinity School
Ordained for Mission service on the 28th April 1897 by his Father, the Rev David Gillies, at
Ophir Free Presbyterian Church, Orkney, Scotland.
Missionary - New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Left for the New Hebrides via London thence to Sydney Australia aboard the "Lusitania".
arrived Port Resolution, Tanna Island New Hebrides 28.10.1897
After learning the language he was settled at Kwamera 13.9.1898, as a Missionary of the
Presbyterian Church of New Zealand (Northern).
Visited New Zealand early 1900 for a lecturing tour but health broke down, sent to
Wanganui to recuperate. Excused from further lecturing due to health. Advised not to
return to the islands although this advice was not adhered to.
Owing to continual ill-health he resigned 31.3.1901 but before he left the islands he
had the joy of baptizing natives at Kwamera and of receiving them into Communicant
Returned to Scotland with his family in 1901.
They had five children, their eldest son died in service in France during The Great War.
Died in 1936 at Bonkle, Scotland
GILLIES, Rev Archibald Currie
Born Canada 17.2.1834
Spoke the Gaelic and was attached to the Highlands of his parents' origins.
Studied at Natsfield (or Northfield?) Academy, University of Toronto and Knox College Toronto.
Licensed by Presbytery of Kingston, Ontario, Canada 1867.
Ordained at Côte de Negris (Presbytery of Montreal), Sherboaten (sic?) Nova Scotia 1868
Believed to have also served in Virginia, Ontario and Quebec.
Inducted to Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia 1 January 1874 – resigned 25 Sept 1875 (His resignation
was reluctantly accepted by the Session)
To The United States of America -
Virginia City (Nevada) USA (?) to c.1879
To Australia –
Received into the Presb. Church of New South Wales 1879
Received into the Presb. Church of Victoria 1881, granted certificate 21.2.1882
To New Zealand -
Inducted to North Dunedin DnP April 1882 - resigned March 1887
He exchanged pulpits with St Peter’s and St Paul’s Christchurch for two months during 1884
Suffered from poor health during his time in Australia and in New Zealand.
“Mr Gillies was a man of deep spiritual sensibilities, his preaching was characterised by a
keen evangelical fire and deep poetical eloquence…. Mr Gillies was always an earnest
contender for the faith and often gave public lectures to combat the upsurge of free thought….
His mastery of the English language and ability as a thinker made him a force to be reckoned
with in matters of faith and morals. As a poet Mr Gillies had considerable skill and vision….”
He submitted his resignation to Session on the 17th February 1887 after continued disattisfaction
within a minority of the Church membership who would not attend services and the unwelcome
attention of some members of Dunedin Presbytery who were beginning to inquire into the
affairs of the Congregation after complaints from the aforesaid members.
His resignation was unanimously accepted by the congregation but with deep regret. It appears
that the the members of his congregation and Session who remained were prefectly happy with
his ministry. After his resignation a number of North Dunedin members induced him to minister
to them in Albany Street Hall as long as it suited his convenience.
Died suddenly at Dunedin Hospital the morning after admission 1.10.1887
In the 1960’s (?), the Dunedin North congregation paid for the renovation of his damaged
gravestone in the Northern Cemetary Dunedin.
GILLIES, Rev Roger BTh
w. Ann Hartley 28 July 2013
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1990-92
Ordained St James Ashburton 17.1.1993
St.Paul’s Union Taupo BPP Jul 1997
St Columba’s, Havelock North HBP 2003
GILLIES, Very Rev William
b 24 December 1837 in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland, baptised into the Church of Scotland 7 January 1838
w Jane Reid Russell b 31 August 1836 m Scotland 21 April 1864 in Govan, Larnarkshire, Scotland, then a separate
town from Glasgow - d 15 July 1927
Came to Otago New Zealand with his parents and seven other siblings, arrived on the "Slain's Castle"
in November 1852.
He decided to enter the ministry and in 1858 went to University at Glasgow, University of London and the English
Presbyterian Church College London to complete his studies. He was the first New Zealand colonist to enter
Licensed by the English Presbyterian Church Presbytery of London 1864
Returned to NZ as a Probationer of the Presbytery of London April 1864,
Sailed from Glasgow on the Hamilla Mitchell 10 June 1864,
arrived Port Chalmers 20 September 1864, married to Jane Reid Russell, ten children born between 1865 and 1881.
Ordained West Taieri Dunedin Presbytery January 1865
Trinity Timaru 21 April 1875; he opened a Church in 1876 which cost $10,000;
Resigned 1901 to raise the New Century Fund.
Tauranga Bay of Plenty Presbytery 18.6.1903 - retired 2 November 1905 - served the Presbyterian Church for 41 years.
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand (Northern) 1893
Clerk of Dunedin Presbytery and South Canterbury Presbytery for 16 years.
"A prominent worker in the cause of prohibition, and was also distinguished as an eclesiastical lawyer,
in which capacity he had a good deal to do with drawing up the Church Property Act and managing
generally the legal side of the affairs of the Presbyterian Church."
He prepared the original Book of Order.
President of the N. Z. Alliance
Died 2 November 1908, aged 71 years, suddenly of heart failure at Te Awamutu railway station whilst
en-route to the General Assembly in Dunedin. He had left the south bound Auckland Express to procure
a cup of tea for his wife who was travelling with him. A Doctor travelling on the express was unable to
revive him. Rev Gillies was interred in Purewa cemetery, Auckland. His wife was buried in the old
Napier Cemetery (eastern block).
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