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Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
McKenzie to McKirdy
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McKENZIE, Mr A.
fr Scot 1878
Kaiapoi & Rangiora ChP stud miss, app to assist
Rev W. McGregor 1879.
McKENZIE, Rev Alastair Seaforth B.Sc.
w Janet Sym b 12.9.1929 m 6.9.1958
Theological Hall 1954-6
Ordained locum tenens Greymouth WsP 14.12.1956
Runanga-Grey Valley WsP 7.2.1957 res 18.2.1958
Knapdale MtP 19.9.1958
Chaplain Waiouru 1.11.1962
Chaplain Papakura 14.12.1965
Chaplain Burnham 9.5.1968
Chaplain Singapore 1973
Chaplain Rangiruru School Christchurch 16.4.1981 - resigned 31.3.1985
Minister Emeritus Jan 1985
MacKENZIE, Rev Alexander M.A., B.D.
b 4.6.1842 at Bonar Bridge, Sutherlandshire, Scotland.
w. (1) Jessie Eva Hort Huxham, “The Princess Trouil of Denmark, Baroness MacCorquodale of Loch Tromley,
Chieftainess of Clan Macquorquodale".
Jessie was the Daughter of Hortensius Huxham and Eleanor Emma Huxham née MacCorquodale, being born
in Glamorganshire, Wales. A family history claims that Rev MacKenzie "invented" the story of the Danish
Royal connection and had the titles inscribed on her gravestone. Through her maternal Grandfather John
MacCorquodale, Jessie was said to have descended from Torquil who had fought in the army of Kenneth the
Great and been granted lands by Loch Awe in Argyll. Torquil was said to have been from the stock of Danish
Princes, hence the belief that Jessie was a Danish Princess. Her Grandfather was however only a Factor on
the estate. Some family sources say that Rev MacKenzie may have been Jessie's tutor at one time.
b. (?) m. June 1880 d. 12 May 1887 of tuberculosis.
w. (2) Jane Sophie Field m. (in Australia) d 9.9.1913
Attended University of Edinburgh (M.A. 1871, B.D. 1874)
Ordained Minister of Church of Scotland but no record of his having held a charge there. Came to New
Zealand with his wife and son in 1885.
To New Zealand –
Inducted to Avondale AP 1885 - resigned 1888
His style of worship caused the large congregation at Avondale to dwindle sharply. Some dissatisfied
parishioners chose to hold their own services in the local school.
At the request of Auckland Presbytery, MacKenzie was asked to resign by the 7th June 1887. He refused to
resign until his arrears of stipend were paid. Presbytery also refused his request for a recommendation to the
Church Extension Committee for further employment.
Rev MacKenzie finally resigned as from the 31st January 1888 although as at February 1888 he was still
trying to obtain payment of arrears of stipend owed to him. The dispute over his salary continued until October
1889 when a certificate was issued stating that MacKenzie's Ministry at Avondale terminated offically on the
7th June 1887.
Left for Australia with his son Torquil and his housekeeper Jane Sophia Field.
He married Jane while in Australia.
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales 1889 (1890 last year on roll)
Returned to New Zealand -
Riwaka NMP 1895
It is believed that upon his return to New Zealand he ran a small school from his home at Blockhouse Bay Auckland,
later becoming Hilltop School in Heaphy Street.
One son (George Alexander), born 12.4.1887, died 9.1888 aged 13 months. Rev MacKenzie remained estranged from
his son Torquil after 1895 and refused further contact.
“Brilliant, burly & eccentric” but also described in some sources as "harsh, domineering and miserly"
Died at Auckland 8.10.1920 Rev Mackenzie and his two wives are interred in the family plot at Avondale cemetery.
McKENZIE, Mr Alexander
Pahiatua MnP stud prch 1892-3 - (Is this the Alexander McKenzie MA whose application
to be recd as a Min was declined by Ass 1895 ?)
McKENZIE, Rev Angus Alexander
b 27.9.1905 Edin
w Rona Lilian nee Tompkins b 23.4.1907 m 15.6.1939 d 1.8.1959
He came to NZ at age 6 - to school Opotiki, & Ak Grammar.
He worked for 6 yrs, then went to OU.
Taupo Maori Assist 1.12.1933
Ord as Maori Miss Taumarunui 11.5.1934
Taumarunui, Pakeha Parish, 9.12.1936 - in 1939 took charge of Maori work again;
res Maori work on account of ill-health 20.9.1940. He came to miss staff with a life-long
knowledge of Maori language & people. Both he & wife suffered ill-health; she died a few
mths after him.
Morrinsville WkP 29.10.1940
St Pauls Napier HBP 30.9.1943
Island Bay WnP 3.11.1949
Stratford TkP 9.5.1957
Died 29.11.1958 in office.
MacKENZIE, Rev Colin E.D.,B.A.
b 4.2.1909 Liverpool, England
w Janet Christina Tait b 26.4.1910 m 1.3.1934 d 9.1.1983
Came to NZ as a young child. Grew up in Auckland, later attending Auckland University
and Otago University. Gained the Stuart prize at the Hall.
Theological Hall 1931-33
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 17.10.1933
Ordained Clutha Valley ClP 15.11.1933
Petone WnP 9.2.1939 - resigned 16.4.1941
Chaplain 2nd NZEF 1941 – served in the Middle East, North Africa, and Italy. He became
one of the best known and longest serving Chaplains in the 2nd NZEF.
Cambridge WkP 22.5.1946
St Johns Whangarei NP 9.3.1966 - retired 9.3.1970 due to ill-health
“Colin was an able preacher and teacher and minister whose services had dignity and
reverence. He was a most competent organizer, wise adviser, and loyal friend to many.
At Presbytery and in the General Assembly Colin stood out as his knowledge of Church law
and procedure had few equals. He represented Assembly or Assembly Committees on 13
occasions, and served on an equal number of community committees in the towns and districts
where he ministered. In 1934 Colin married Chris Tait who was his encourager and supporter.
Colin had a great love of music, and was a competent organist.” (from Obituary)
McKENZIE, Rev Colin Archibald Gunn
b 28.2.1914 Gore
w Margaret Dorothy Weir b 4.6.1916 m 8.12.1945
Grew up on the family farm at Waikoikoi. Served as a Bomber Pilot in the 75th (NZ) Squadron
of the Royal Air Force, in Britain and Europe – not because of any love of war but because
of a conviction that he must oppose evil.
Theological Hall 1946-8
Ordained Centre Bush SP 20.1.1949
Mayfield AsP 7.2.1954 - resigned 11.10.1955 due to ill health and resumed farming at Knapdale
PSSA Field Officer (along with Margaret) MtP 1978 - retired 3.2.1981
“His dual role as Farmer and Minister enabled him to relate to a wide cross-section of people.
He continued as a Bible Class leader and spent very nearly 50 years within the Bible Class
Movement. Colin’s deep love for his Lord, his faithfulness to the scriptures, his
prayerfulness, and his extraordinary interest in people sustained his ministry. He led worship,
especially in vacant parishes, prepared people for Baptism and confirmation, and married
people. He enjoyed being involved with people.
After moving to Gore in the early 1970’s Colin continued to minister, serving as an Elder
within the Calvin parish, exercising a pastoral ministry though visiting, writing and
telephoning, contribution to worship, and encouraging. He worked hard to see the gospel
touch the community.” (from Obit.)
McKENZIE, Mr D.
HM Greytown WpP 1922 res fr HM serv 1925 ill-health
MACKENZIE, Mr David
Volunteer service with SPAN Enterprises, Papua under the United Church of PNG &
the Solomon Islands 1972
Bible College of NZ Auckland - 2 years
Span Enterprises at Salamo 1977
On Mission Staff March 1981
Appt. Carpenter at Salomo, Ferguson Island, Papua New Guinea 1978 (under the United
Church of Papua & New Guinea)
Returned to NZ 1986 after 8 years
McKENZIE, Rev Donald
HM Mangaweka WgP 1905
Raetihi WgP 1908
Kiwitea WgP 1909
Morere & Nuhaka HBP 1910
Opotiki Outfields BPP 1912
Pongaroa WpP 1915, Ord HM 1915
Greytown WpP 1916
Pongaroa WpP 1917
Gonville WgP 1918
He accepted app under PSSA Wn 1920 & res fr HM serv.
McKENZIE, Mr Douglas & Mrs
Miss Solomon Is 1968 - returned to NZ after 11 yrs in
Solomon Is, 1979
McKENZIE, Rev Donald Finlay M.A.,B.D.
w (1) Marion Newlands Daionie (Maisie) b 27.5.1916 m 13.7.1940 div
w (2) Judith - no information
fr CS Scot - Ord 1940
Ind Knox Ch Chch 18.12.1946 res fr min 31.5.1951
Died 23.10.1989 Ak
McKENZIE, Rev Duncan Norman
b 16.4.1879 Carnarvon, Manawatu; w Sarah A. b 30.1.1886 m 7.3.1912
Ord Normanby TkP 13.3.1912
Paterangi WkP 28.8.1913
Mt Ida COP 25.7.1923
Wallacetown SP 12.8.1926
West Taieri DnP 19.11.1931 ret 30.6.1944
After Wanganui Coll he farmed with his Father at Bulls. He felt the Call to min & entered
OU, then Hall; he is nephew of Rev J.A. McKanzie; foundation memb of Westminster
Died 4.8.1962 Dn
MACKENZIE, Elizabeth Jessie (Sr Lysbeth)
Ord Deac N E Valley DnP 1.3.1914 ret 1.3.1940
Died 14.11.1972, aged 94
McKENZIE, Rev George Allan B.A.
w Mary Agnes b 13.11.1925 m 28.11.1950
Theological Hall, Dunedin1951-53
Ord Waikaka MtP 11.12.1953
Taringatura (Lumsden SP) 16.5.1957
Matata BPP 1.5.1963
Manurewa Sth SAP 6.1967 - resigned from Presbyterian ministry 31.1.1969
Initiated the Orthodox Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand,
Minister of the Manurewa congregation.
McKENZIE, Very Rev Graeme Fraser M.A.,B.D.(Melb)
b 23.2.1912 at Auckland.
w. Esther Elizabeth b. 27.11.1910 m. 3.9.1936
His Father was Headmaster of Mt Eden School; Graeme received his secondary education
principally at New Plymouth Boys High School & then to Otago University.
Theological Hall 1933-35
Licensed by Wellington Presbytery 22.12.1935
Ord Bombay-Drury SAP 27.2.1936
St Georges Takapuna NSP 6.6.1940
Trinity Timaru SCP 11.3.1948
Khandallah WnP 7.10.1954
Superintendant PSSA Christchurch 2.6.1966 - retired 29.7.1976
Moderator of the General Assembly 1973; Convenor of : Church Union Committee; Joint
Commission on Church Union; International Relations Committee; Life & Work Committee;
General Administration Committee; Member of Board of Governors Queen Margaret College
Wellington; President Onslow College Parents Association Wellington; Campbell Counselling
Centre Christchurch; Elm Lodge Halfway Home for Alcoholics Christchurch; Roseneath House
for Maori Girls.
A strong advocate for total abstinence.
‘He was one of the Church’s very able statesmen; deeply committed to Church Union. ..... He
was an able and gracious pastor, preacher, leader, facilitator.’
After a major illness while at Khandallah, he determined a change from the parish ministry was
needed, and he was appointed Superintendent of the PSSA Christchurch (it covered Nelson,
Marlborough, West Coast as well as Canterbury)
“Graeme McKenzie was a man of high intellect, sound education, as well as a man of
inherent modesty. But through and beyond these a man of faith in God through Jesus Christ,
which was at the core of his being, and which manifested itself in every aspect of his life,
work & relationships.” (Obit)
Died 22.12.1988 suddenly at Christchurch.
McKENZIE, Rev Henry Stuart B.Com.
w Mamie b 24.7.1920 m 21.10.1950
Theological Hall 1952-54
Ordained Te Kauwhata SAP 9.12.1954
Eltham TkP 26.5.1960
St Andrews Rotorua BPP 30.9.1965
St Davids Kamo NP 11.7.1973
Coromandel-Whitianga WkP 15.7.1982
Minister Emeritus 30.6.1988
Cousin of Rev RN McKenzie
McKENZIE, Mr Ian F.
Miss New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Ex Registrar of Univ of NZ; went to Onesua, Vanuatu under VSA.
Rep 1967: Ch has taken over paying a small honorarium that he may continue at Onesua High
Sch in place of Anne Riach after his service under VSA ends.
Rep 1970: he has been appointed NZ agent to handle all business operations in connexion
with building at Onesua.
McKENZIE, Rev Ian H. M.Sc.,B.D.
Meth Ch - Miss
Lecturer, Piula Theol Coll, Samoa 1978
Assoc of AP fr 1977
McKENZIE, Rev J. M.A.
Lodged Cert with BPP 1962 - no other information.
McKENZIE, Rev James Alexander
b 20.11.1866 Bulls
He joined the staff of BNZ & rose to a position of responsibility; he felt Call to min,
& entered HM serv at Apiti.
HM Apiti WgP 1905
He had already served Ashburton Outfields 1900; Kiwitea
WgP 1902-4, before being accepted officially.
Shannon MnP 1909; Ord Shannon 26.4.1911 res -
WW1 - war serv fr 9.6.1915 to 27.5.1919
Petone WnP 4.12.1919 ret 31.8.1924
Plimmerton WnP 31.12.1924 ret 19.11.1931
In ret he offered help to Maori Miss & assisted at Taupo fr 1.1935; he made himself
Uncle of Rev D.N. McKenzie; Uncle of Mrs W.R. Hutchison.
MACKENZIE, Rev James Hutton
b 27.9.1849 Thornhill, Dumfriesshire Scotland
w Charlotte E. b 20.9.1863 m 1.9.1890 d(?)
As a youth he worked with his Father, a printer and bookseller. Deciding to enter the
ministry he went to Edinburgh University and New College Edinburgh.
Came to NZ as a Probationer of the Free Church of Scotland -arrived 1880
Received as Probationer by the Synod of Otago & Southland 12.1.1881
Ordained Wallacetown SP 7.7.1881
Lyttelton ChP 12.12.1889
Nelson 16.6.1892 - retired 30.11.1916 to Wellington
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presb. Church of NZ 1910
Junior Clerk of Assembly 10.11.1911; Clerk of Assembly 17.11.1911 till 31.12.1936
He was a prominent member of the Union Committee prior to Union in 1901; founder of
The Nelson system (Bible-in-schools).
‘A faithful and able preacher and kindly pastor, organizer of Church Extension, keen
protagonist of religion in education, author of the Nelson system, a public spirited citizen.
....As member of Synod of Otago & Southland (1882-9) he was listened to with respect.
He served on many Committees, and was Convener of several, in particular the Judicial
and Book of Order Committees; he has given of the finest of his gifts. His judicial mind,
the clarity of his reasoning and the definiteness of his expression in expounding points
of law and order have made many Assemblies his debtors.’
‘He has kept the records of the Church in a way that would be difficult to emulate.’
Wadestown WnP (in retirement) 1921 till 30.9.1927
Died 10.7.1949 - 2 months before his 100th birthday
McKENZIE, Very Rev James (Jim) William C.B.E.,M.M.,E.D.,B.A.
b 1.1.1888 Woodend Southland
w Jessie Elizabeth Harrington b 13.4.1891 m 23.9.1919 d 7.11.1963 - (Sister of Mrs Phoebe
He spent his early years at Colac Bay, a saw-milling area; he lost his Father in a
saw-milling accident when he was aged 8. The loss of his Father cut short his
education and at 12 he became a grocer’s assistant; 9 years later he decided to
study for the ministry. His studies in Otago began in 1912, but were interrupted
in early 1915 when he enlisted in the Medical Corps of the NZEF; he sailed for
Egypt, later to France, and was a stretcher-bearer; being awarded the MM for his
services. He completed his Theological studies at the United Free College
Returned to NZ 1919
Licensed by Southland Presbytery 3.9.1919
Ord Stratford TkP 23.12.1919
Port Chalmers DnP 17.12.1925
During the depression years, his work as Chairman of the local relief committee earned him the
respect and gratitude of many unemployed.
Appointed Chaplain to 5th New Zealand Mounted Rifles (Otago Hussars), Dunedin 15 Oct 1925
Epsom AP 11.8.1932
Posted to Northern Command, Auckland 22 May 1933
Awarded the NZ Efficiency Decoration KGVI on 18 Dec 1939
On the outbreak of World War Two in 1939 he was appointed Senior Presbyterian
Chaplain, and sailed for Egypt 1940.
Epsom congregation refused to accept his resignation and preferred to grant leave
and wait till he returned.
In 1941 he was app Senior Chaplain to the 2nd NZEF; he was an outstanding success;
he had a friendly way which led to co-operation among all denominations;
Appointed Chaplain 1st class; no other Chaplain had ever attained such rank.
In 4.1944 he returned to NZ and resumed his ministry at Epsom;
Appointed Chaplain 1st Class, New Zealand Territorial Force Service.
Appointed Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
on 28th December 1944 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.
Relinquished the appointment of Chaplain Commandant on the 31st March 1954.
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand 1945
Awarded Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Mentioned in Despatches,
1939-45 Star, Africa Star, 8th Army Clasp, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, War Medal 1939-45,
NZ War Service Medal, KGVI.
The Chaplain's Dept. history describes him as an outstanding success, and records that his statesmanlike
qualities and natural gifts for friendship dispelled denominational rivalry, encouraged understanding
among the Chaplains, and made them a friendly team joined by mutual trust and respect.
"All his [Army] collegues recall his easy accessibility, his understanding of problems, and the way he
visited areas to sustain morale with his cheerful spirit and undoubted courage."
"Mr McKenzie was blessed with the incalculable pastoral gifts of instinctive understanding, and the
ability to accept others in their weaknesses. He felt the suffering of others at an extraordinary depth,
indeed, he knew in his own personality the cost of bearing the burdens of others. As a Pastor,
therefore, he had few peers.
His friends who knew him well recall how his great pastoral gifts were spiced with a wonderful sense of
humour, and a story worth hearing for every occasion."
Retired to Mairangi Bay March 1953.
Died 16.7.1970, aged 82. His wife and his daughter Marion pre-deceased him.
McKENZIE, Mrs J.W. see Harrington, Jessie
MacKENZIE, Rev Dr John M.A.,D.D.(Glasgow)
b 1.9.1869 at Geraldine
w Janet Torrey Ramsay b 1.1.1872 m 19.12.1895 d 21.5.1938
Educated at Timaru, then Canterbury University in Christchurch and Otago University
Theological Hall Dunedin 1891-92
New College, Edinburgh 1893-94 (also Glasgow?)
Licensed by Timaru Presbytery 2.7.1895
Ord Thames WkP 2.10.1895
St Andrews, Christchurch ChP 4.10.1900 (one record indicates 4.9.1900)
President of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and the Student Christian
Movement; Convener of Youth Committee; leader of Youth Work of the General Assembly.
To Australia :
Toorak, Melbourne (Presb. Church of Victoria) 15.10.1914 – retired 1944.
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria 1934
Moderator-General of the (Commonwealth) General Assembly of Australia, 1936-39.
McKENZIE, Rev John Donald M.A., B.D.
b. 15.6.1856 Victoria, Australia.
w. Sara Dixon of Gisborne b.(?) m.24.7.1895 d.1933
Son of John McKenzie, a farmer at Dean, and Catherine nee Fraser. Educated at Dean School.
The eldest son, he worked the farm after his father’s death in 1871, then went to the University
of Melbourne 1887 to 1889, the Presbyterian Church of Victoria Theological Hall 1890 to 1892,
then the University of St Andrew’s (BD).
Licensed by Macedon Presbytery, Victoria 12.7.1893
Ordained Tylden-Trentham Presb. Church of Victoria) 11.7.1893 (one record states 12.7.1893) to June 1899
Inducted Colac 22.6.1899 to Dec 1909
To New Zealand –
Called to St Pauls Wanganui WgP 13.1.1910 - resigned 12.5.1920
St Stephen’s Ponsonby (supply) AP for 6 months
Inducted Edendale Auckland (Balmoral) 7.3.1922 - retired 30.6.1927 due to ill-health.
In mid 1926 he had an extended visit to the New Hebrides which reflected his deep interest in Missions.
Died 13.11.1941 at Epsom, Auckland
McKENZIE, Very Rev. John (Jack) Murdoch B.A., LLB.
b 1.12.1891 Auckland
w Catherine (Kate) Anne nee McLaurin b 21.1.1897 m 21.12.1921 d 24.9.1975 (Mrs
McKenzie formerly a Secretary in the YMCA)
The son of [Sea] Captain John McKenzie, his family were among the immigrants from
Nova Scotia who came to Waipu with the Rev Norman McLeod in 1854. He was
educated at Auckland Grammar School, and at Auckland University College, where he
graduated in arts and law and also showed considerable ability as a rugby footballer,
later playing for University A and for Otago while at the Theological Hall.
Spent 4 years in a law office.
Appointed the YMBC Travelling Secretary in 1915.
In 1916 he went to France as Bible Class representative with the NZ troops during
World War One. Later enlisted as a combatant, serving in the NZ Machine Gun Corps
Until the end of the war. War service from 5.3.1916 to 25.6.1919
After demobilization in Britain he went to New College Edinburgh in 1919.
Returned to NZ in 1919 and completed his theological studies in the Hall Dunedin.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1919-20
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 9.11.1920
Ordained Kaikohe (Whakapara) NP 12.1.1921 where he was engaged in Church
Extension work - resigned 10.7.1923 to go as :
Missionary to the Canton Villages Mission, South China.
Arrived China 11.10.1923
Resigned from Mission service June1935 on account of his wife’s health.
St Pauls Oamaru NOP 9.7.1935 - resigned 1.2.1939 to -
Assistant Director of Missions, Auckland 1.2.1939
Executive Officer of the Maintenance of the Committee, late 1943
Maori Hill Dunedin DnP 22.8.1946 - retired 31.1.1957
Stokes Valley WnP in retirement 6.2.1958
Moderator of the General Assembly 1956, Convenor of the Theological Hall Committee.
“Mr McKenzie [was] highly regarded in the Church and in the community for his
breadth of vision, his sound judgement and his clarity of expression, due to some
extent to his early legal training.”
Died 9.2.1981 at Woburn Home Lower Hutt
McKENZIE, Miss Margaret Ann
Educated at Otorohanga District High School. Worked for a year at a small neighbouring town as a Nurse Aide.
Trained as a Registrered Physiotherapist at Dunedin. A member of the Evangelical Union (a Christian movement
of students) during this time. Post Graduate work at Palmerston North Hospital (1959).
Felt called by God to Mission service at this time, then after one year at the Westland Hopspital at Hokitika,
Completed a two year course at the NZ Bible Training Institute (1961-62). After acceptance by the Overseas Missions
Committee as a Missionary, spent one year at the Deaconess College in Dunedin (1963).
Also a Sunday School Teacher, Crusader and involved in Bible Class Camps.
Dedicated as Missionary by Waikato Presbytery at evening service, Otorohanga 22 Dec 1963
Appointed as Missionary (Physiotherapist) to Indonesia 1.1.1964
To All Saints College, Sydney for short training course 21.1.1964 to Jun 1964.
Outside work in Sydney until Visa granted. To Indonesia 24.11.1964
Bandung Hospital, Indonesia – Physiotherapist 1964
Resigned 31.5.1969 & withdrew.
Left for Britain 27.5.1969
McKENZIE, Mr Milton Richard
w. Elizabeth Anne McKenzie
Educated at Waimate High School. 20 years Beekeeping, Management of a Beekeeping
Company for 5 years, and a wholesaler for 3 years.
Member of the Methodist Church of NZ
On Mission staff from 1.7.1982
Left for Tonga 28.7.1982
Appt Property & Business Manager of Tupou College, Nuku’alofa, Tonga 1981
Completed term May 1986.
McKENZIE, Mr Norman
HM Foxton, Orua Bridge, Jackeytown 1902-3
Eketahuna WpP stud during summer vac 1903-4
Name then drops out.
McKENZIE, Rev Peter Falconer
b. 1832 Tulloch Park, Forres, Morayshire, Scotland
w. Isabella Dunmore Lang b. 8.11.1843 m. 18.6.1875 d. 24.1.1925
The son of an East India Merchant. Educated at West End Academy Aberdeen, Marischal College,
University of Aberdeen, and the Free Church Theological Hall.
Licensed by the Presbytery of Aberdeen as Probationer for service in New Zealand.
To New Zealand –
Arrived as Probationer, Sept 1871
North Shore and Wade (supply) Nov 1871 to 1872
Ordained Devonport 1872 - resigned 14.10.1873 and left for Sydney.
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales 1874
Paddington 1874 to 1882
To Scotland –
Returned to Australia –
Annandale Hunter Baillie Memorial (as independent) 1885 to 1890, (as Presbyterian) 1890 to 1904.
Moderator of the Presb. Church of New South Wales 1893
MacKENZIE, Rev Peter John B.A., B.D., Dip.Hum.
w Delwyn Lynley m 6.2.1982
Theological Hall 1983-85
Ordained Cheviot ChP 12.12.1985 - resigned 31.10.1988 :
To Rosetown United Ch, Saskatchewan, Canada.
St Pauls Oamaru NOP 11.2.1992
Johnsonville Uniting Church WnP 2000
Minister within the Bounds, Wellington Presbytery, 4 February 2007
McKENZIE, Rev Peter Rutherford M.A.,B.D.(Melb),Ph.D.
b 20.3.1924 in Christchurch
w Renate Bender b 31.10.1924 m 30.9.1952
Wellington College and Victoria University 1945, Princeton Seminary 1950, Edinburgh University 1952
Ord Assistant Minister St Andrews Wellington WnP 26.3.1953
General Secretary of the Student Christian Movement until 1956
Associate Minister Port Chalmers DnP 5.4.1956, sole Minister 1957
- resigned 30.6.1961
Chaplain to Universities of Karlsruhe & Freiburg, under United Protestant
Church of Baden, Germany 1961 to 30.9.1965
Lecturer / senior lecturer, religious studies, Ibadan University, Nigeria 1965
Founding editor of Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Head of the Religious Studies Dept, University of Leicester, UK
The Christians: their practices and beliefs (SPCK 1988); Hail Orisha! A Phenomenology of West African Religion in Mid-Nineteenth Century (Brill 1997)
Son of the Rev WHP McKenzie
Died 28 Sept 2011
McKENZIE, Rev Roderick (Rod) George
b 11.5.1916 in the Southern Wairarapa.
w Joan Margaret Young b 5.7.1916 m 23.3.1940 d (?)
A strong supporter of the Christian Endeavour Movement.
Theological Hall 1937-39
Orained Forest Hill (Browns SP) 24.4.1940
Martinborough WpP 17.12.1946
Pahiatua MnP 12.9.1949
St Stephens DnP 30.10.1958 - resigned 10.3.1977
Waikouaiti DnP 10.3.1977 - retired 31.12.1981
Attended Victoria University, Wellington and while in Wellington met another Sunday
School Teacher in St Giles Church, Joan Young, who later became his wife in a real team
ministry. Entered Theological Hall Dunedin; one summer he worked on Haast Pass Rd,
and lived in Davis Flat Camp of 200 men. He was Rover Scout leader for 20 years, receiving
Medal of Merit and Bar from the scouting Association. Rod and Joan married in 1940 and
went to Forest Hill. His farming background was useful, and when many farms were short
of labour he willingly helped at harvest or shearing. He was an active member of Tramping
Club and led many search and rescue parties. Once he conducted a memorial Service on
Mt Herbert, dedicating a cross in memory of trampers who served and died in War.
He served as Committee member on the PSSA for 12 years in Wellington and 17 years in Dunedin.
Moderator of the Synod of Otago and Southland; member of The Synod Finance Committee
for 25 years. Served on Committees of many Associations. Hospitality with a sympathetic ear,
was extended to all. (from Obit.)
McKENZIE, Rev Ronald John M.A.
w Lindsay m 10.11.1973
Theological Hall 1976-8
Ordained Waikaka Valley MtP 14.12.1978 - resigned 30.6.1984 and withdrew.
Lodged Certificate Jun 1984.
McKENZIE, Rev Roy Haig M.B.E., B.A., F.R.G.S., R.N.Z.N.
b 8.10.1916 Waitepeka South Otago
w Ruth Margaret Moses b 5.3.1926 m -
He was brought up on a farm.
Theological Hall 1947-49
Ord Raglan Union WkP 9.2.1950
He served in the ranks during World War II in the Middle East 1941-45, ending as YMCA
Field Secretary; then to the Bible Training Institute Auckland,
Auckland University (BA); then to the Theological Hall.
Chaplain K-Force 7.1951 to 1953; transferred to -
Chaplain Navy 14.10.1953.
Principal Defence Chaplain Wellington 14.7.1970 - retired from active list 1.5.1972
Secretary of the Bible Society of NZ 1973 and General Secretary Wellington 1975 -
retired 30.8.1980; a crippling stroke forced early retirement
Died 13.1.1982 Auckland
McKENZIE, Rev Roy Nelson B.A., Dip.Th., MTh., D.Min
w Margaret June b 25.11.1928 m 6.5.1961
Theological Hall 1960-62
Ordained Otautau SP 23.5.1963 - resigned from Presb. Church ministry 16.7.1969
Minister Emmanuel Congregational Church, Palmerston North 31.7.1969 to 31.12.1978
Received back into PCNZ by Assembly 11.1979
Wyndham MtP 8.2.1979
North East Valley Dunedin DnP 22.3.1984 - retired 3.4.1994
Minister Emeritus Dec 1998
Associate Mataura Presbytery
D.Min degree conferred Oct 2008 by Vision Internation University, Ramona, California, USA.
Cousin of Rev HS McKenzie
Co-author of “Evangelical Revivals in New Zealand”, 1999.
McKENZIE, Rev Wallace
w (1) no information d –
w (2) Moira Rosina Agnes McKenzie
b 14.3.1910 m 23.12.1949 d 2.1992
He received Call to ministry under the Rev Robert Miller’s ministry St Stephens Dunedin;
unable to enter the Home Missionary service (he applied in 1957) because of educational
needs of his family. He then took two units at Otago University part-time then entered the
Hall in 1962.
Theological Hall 1962-64
Ord Sth Clutha (Balclutha) 3.2.1965
St James Union Woodville MnP 7.3.1974 - resigned 1975
McKENZIE, Rev William Henry Purvis B.A.; M.C.& Bar.
b 19.12.1888 in New Zealand.
w Erica b 4.7.1890 m 4.1919 d. in Australia after a long illness.
Educated at Otago University, Dunedin and then, with a scholarship, at Princeton
Theological Seminary USA. He only failed to graduate because he joined the Scottish
Light Horse during World War One and then went on to earn a distinguished war
record (awarded the M.C.& Bar). Returned to New Zealand and took his B.A. at Otago
To Australia :
General Secretary of the Australian Student Christian Movement - licence authorized Nov 1922
Returned to New Zealand :
Ord Leeston ChP 15.11.1923 - resigned 28.2.1925 and then taught at secondary schools for
some years, including at Rangiora High School.
To Australia :
Principal of Hamilton & District Boy’s College, Victoria 1932 to 1936
Oversaw the establishment of an Agricultural Science Class in 1933 – practical experiments
with grasses and fodders combined with theory. Carpentry, a radio club, a printing group and
an orchestra all provided some balance to the academic and sporting lives of the boys.
Resigned and returned to New Zealand after being called to Wadestown Parish. A previous
visit to NZ in his capacity as Secretary of the Australian & NZ Student Christian Movement
had impressed many with the vigour with which he expressed his radical views. One selector
suggested that such modern ideas would lead the young stray and discourage them from
joining the Church – in fact the reverse occurred. Some Office-Bearers had resigned in protest
at his call but these were later withdrawn :
Wadestown WnP 11.12.1936 - resigned 4.2.1945 and withdrew.
To Australia :
Assistant Minister to Rev Dr AC Watson at Toorak, Melbourne (Presb. Church of Victoria) 1946
Alexandra (Victoria) 1949 to 1952.
Highett (Home Mission Charge), Victoria 1954 – failing health prevented full-time work.
Acting Editor of “The Messenger” (The Australian Presbyterian Church magazine) from
Oct 1954 until 1956 then Editor of “Presbyterian Life” (which replaced from “The Messenger”)
until he died in 1958. He also conducted the devotional column in this journal.
He experienced difficult financial times during his teaching career. He maintained high
standards and wanted boys to “know life as it really is, who are not only prepared for social
changes, but who know enough of history to understand the failures and successes of man in
the past to understand the main process upon which life and happiness depend, and who have
been trained to think for themselves, that they can take a lead in making the right and
appropriate changes which the world requires.”
It was from his experience of war that he chose to turn towards pacifism and found himself
in general fellowship with ‘The Society of Friends’.
“My endeavour to preserve our allegiance to that fellowship of the Church Universal which
transcends all national loyalties, and my pains to avoid our being swept into a cyclone of hate
and fury towards our national enemies, impose a restraint on our prayers which is bound to
hurt when it is natural for us to think of our own.”
In 1940 he became Dominion President of the League of Nations Branch in New Zealand and
became involved in bringing out a number of German and Austrian refugees with whom he
became firm friends.
Father of the Rev Dr Peter McKenzie.
Died 29 Aug 1958 at Toorak, Victoria, Australia.
McKEOWN, Mr L.
b. at Belfast, Northern Ireland.
w. Emma Blakely b.(?) m.1954
Educated at Belfast. Served an Apprenticeship in the Printing Trade then entered into
business on his own account.
Came to New Zealand 1958.
Worked in the printing trade in Dunedin & Auckland until 1961.
Maori Mission -
Appointed Manager of the Te Waka Karaitiana Press (Maori Mission Press) Whakatane 9.6.1961
Local Team Ministry, St Paul's, Invercargill, Southland Presbytery, 2009-2010
McKERRAS, Mr R. & Mrs
Vila, Vanuatu 1982-4
McKERROW, Rev James Muir B.A.
w.Eliza McKerrow b.(?) m.(?) d. 24 Sep 1925, aged 78 years
The son of a distinguished Minister of the Presb. Church of England (Rev Dr. McKerrow of Manchester).
Studied at Owens College, Manchester and London University where he graduated with a B.A. in 1859, then took
a Divinity Course at the United Presbyterian College in Edinburgh.
Licensed by UP Presbytery of Lancashire 1859
Ordained by UP Presbytery of Aberdeen 1859.
“His first choice was St Nicholas Lane United Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen where he was regarded as a fine
Preacher and a capable man. From Aberdeen he was called to Camp Hill, Birmingham where he sustained and
increased the reputation gained in Aberdeen.”
Served at Camp Hill Birmingham for 18 years then to NZ.
Ind Mosgiel DnP 19 May 1886, retired 1906 due to ill health.
Moderator of the Synod of Otago & Southland 1902
Died 14 May 1908, aged 73 years. Interred in East Taieri Cemetery
McKIE, Rev Raymond
w. Karen McKie, physiotherapist
Diploma of Ministries, Laidlaw College, 1993-1995
Police Chaplain for 10 years
Pastor, Hawera Baptist Church, 2000
Interim minister, Knox Presbyterian Fitzroy, September 2014
Received as national ordained minister, 11 November 2015
McKIM, Mr M.G.
Otepopo (Herbert NOP) SS 1983
McKINLAY, Dr Henry Ralph M.B.Ch.B. (Otago), D.C.H., R.C.P. (London), R.C.S. (England), D.Obst. (England)
b. Lawrence, Otago 3 June 1929
w. Rev Judith Elizabeth McKinlay (see separate entry) b. Papakura, m. 18 May 1963
Educated at Lawrence District High School, John McGlashan College (Dunedin), gained M.B.Ch.B. at
Otago University, with further Post-Graduate study in Britain - D.C.H. (R.C.P. London & R.C.S. England),
D.Obst., R.C.O.G. (England).
Medical Missionary – Indonesia. Appointed for one year to relieve Dr David Gray at Bandung Hospital, Indonesia.
Left for Bandung 5 April 1967
Returned to New Zealand March 1968. Off Mission staff 22 February 1968
In medical team of six on Thai-Kampuchea border 1980.
Led health team in Hermel, Lebanon 9 months 1983
Brother of Rev Janet McKinlay and Rev John McKinlay
Died 20 February 2015
McKINLAY, Rev James Thomas B.E., L.Th.(Hons)
w Carol Anne m 16 January 1965
Theological Hall 1979-1981
Ordained Knox Invercargill 31 January 1982
Minister within the Bounds Southland Presbytery October 2001
Minister Emeritus, Central Otago Presbytery 1 November 2007
McKINLAY, Rev Janet B.A.
Educated at Lawrence District High School (4 years) & Otago Girls’ High School (1 year).
Communicant Member of the Presb. Church of NZ since 1950
Dunedin Kindergarten College 1952
Accepted as Candidate in Training (Teacher) 28.7.1964
Deaconess College 1964-65
Post Primary (Graduate) Teacher Training Course at Christchurch Teachers’ College 1966
Appointed Missionary Teacher - Hong Kong as from 1.2.1966
Re-appointed to St Thomas School Jagadhri India Oct 1966.
Entry Visa to India refused (The Indian Government was trying to protect Indian jobs)
Appointment to Hong Kong re-affirmed July 1967
Set apart for Mission service at First Church Dunedin 18 Dec 1966
Left Auckland for short Mission training course at All Saints College Sydney 24.1.1967
Left for Hong Kong 23 Aug 1967
Appt. to Hoh Fuk Tong College, New Territories, Hong Kong, Teacher July 1967
Returned to NZ in 1977 after 10 years in Hong Kong
Off Staff 30.11.1978
Re-appointed to Missions staff by Council for Mission 1.2.1981
Left Auckland for Singapore 30.1.1981
Teacher at Presbyterian School Singapore 1981
Resigned from Council for Mission 31.7.1987
St Stephens Dunedin DnP SS half-time 1.8.1987
Ordained St StephensLeith Valley Dunedin DnP 3.9.1992
Minister Emeritus Jan 1998
Sister of Rev John McKinlay & Dr Henry McKinlay
McKINLAY, Rev John Bowie B.A., B.D.
b. Lawrence, Otago.
w. Christine Anne Nicholls b. Milton (daughter of Rev ST Nicholls) m 14.1.1967 – A Registered
General & Maternity Nurse with Midwifery Training. Christine served in Papua New Guinea
March 1963 to end of 1964. Attended Bible Training Institute 1965 and Deaconess College 1966.
Theological Hall 1964-6
Educated at Lawrence District High School, Otago Boys’ High School & Otago University.
Accepted for Mission service 1.1.1967
Ordained and Inducted as Missionary to Indonesia 29.1.1967
Left for short course at All Saints College Sydney 31.1.1967
Left Sydney for Indonesia 4.7.1967
Christian Student Centre, Bandung 7.1967, taking the place of Rev I.J. Cairns
“Own Missionary” of the Busy Bees (1967)
Retruned to NZ 6.11.1971
Resigned for family reasons & off staff from 30.9.1972
Area Secretary Bible Society Dunedin 1.6.1973, resigned 31.3.1978
Overseas Worker - Orchard Road Presb. Church Singapore 1.4.1978, resigned 12.1984
St Andrews AP 28.3.1985
Minister Emeritus Dec 1997
Co-Convener of “Presbyterian Affirm”
Brother of Rev Janet McKinlay & Dr Henry McKinlay
Died 7 September 2013
McKINLAY, Rev. Dr. Judith Elizabeth M.A.(Hons), B.D., PhD.
h. Henry Ralph b 8 June 1929 m 18 May 1963 d 20 June 2015 (See separate entry)
Theological Hall Dunedin 1984-1986
Ordained Lecturer in Old Testament Studies,Theological Hall Dunedin 1 March 1990
Professor of Old Testament Studies, Theological Hall Dunedin 26 February 1991
Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Otago University, Dunedin March 1997 - July 2003
Minister Emeritus Dunedin Presbytery 2003
Resigned from Ministerial Roll of PCANZ 4 February 2015
McKINNEY, Mr John Alexander
b. 1837 at Sentry Hill, County Antrim, Ireland
w. Isabella Burney m. 31 May 1871 at Carmoney Presb. Church, County Antrim, Ireland d.1917
Both came out to New Zealand on the immigrant ship "Lady Jocelyn" in 1878
Conducting services in rural areas around Gisbourne c. 1885
Home Missionary at Ngaruawahia WkP 1888. Left in 1895 due to ill-health.
Died 13 July 1922 aged 85 years, interred at Waikaraka (Area 1 Block H Lot 106B)
McKINNEY, Rev Kenneth William M.A.
w Alison Guthrie Hutton b 16.11.1916 m 15.4.1941 d 1971
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1933-35
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 10.12.1935
Ord Tirau-Putaruru WkP 28.5.1936 - resigned 10.7.1939 for postgraduate study overseas - Edinburgh.
Thames WkP 21.1.1941
Awatere-Flaxbourne (Seddon NMP) 2.10.1947
Featherston WpP 7.2.1955
Waitara TkP 25.8.1966 - retired 13.2.1975
He is remembered as a caring man, and one of integrity and sincerity.
Died 29.7.1990 New Plymouth
McKINNEY, Rev Robert
fr PCI, Min at Saltersland, Co Derry Irel; arr Ak 8.10.1856; he was present at 1st meeting of
AP on 14.10.1856 -
Ind Mahurangi (Warkworth NSP) 3.12.1856, the day the new Ch was opened. ret 1904 finally,
but eased off fr 1890. The parish was notable for much boat rowing to visit the people.
‘His was a scattered parish. It was so intersected with rivers & inlets of the sea as to make
visitation difficult & on alternate Suns he had to pull himself in his own boat, often against
wind & tide, about 14 miles, besides preaching at least twice, - a work without parallel in the
history of modern clerical life.’
Mod Ass 1874
MACKINTOSH, Rev Aeneas M.A.
b. Dunoon, Scotland
His Father, Grand-Father and Great-Grandfather were Ministers and Doctors of
Divinity in Scotland.
Arrived in New Zealand mid 1870’s as a cadet on a station at Turakina, illness
having interrupted his studies in Scotland. His thoughts turned again to an Arts
course and the Christian ministry. While in his teens he had gone with friends to
upset a revival meeting of the evangelists Moody and Sankey but was won over.
Founder and principal figure in the Students’ Prayer meeting at the University of
Theological studies at Otago University Dunedin 1880 to 1882
Summer Supply Lauder COP 1880
Synod gave the Presbytery of Dunedin permission to take him on trial for license in Jan 1882.
Left soon afterwards to visit family in Scotland intending to return by the end of the
year but he was persuaded to remain longer.
Gibraltar - Temporary position, Dec 1883 - hoped to return to “his proper sphere of labour”
in NZ in a few months time.
Ordained and inducted into Temuka SCP 15.4.1885- resigned 27.7.1886 due to ill health
Returned to Scotland but finding the climate too severe he then went to France for a
Number of years.
On his recovery he was then called to Alton, Hampshire England where he died.
Died 2.1924 in office Alton, Hampshire England.
MACKINTOSH, Rev Euan Wyles B.A.,B.D.
w Leeca m 18.11.1969
Ord Assist St Pauls Timaru SCP 19.3.1969
Rangitaiki (Edgecumbe BPP) 29.4.1971 res 12.10.1976
MACKINTOSH, Rev Euan Wyles B.A.,B.D.
w Leeca m 18.11.1969
Ord Assist St Pauls Timaru SCP 19.3.1969
Rangitaiki (Edgecumbe BPP) 29.4.1971 res 12.10.1976
MACKINTOSH, Rev Joshua M.A.
Fr FC Scotland, Minister at Knockano, Scotland
Ind Lyttleton ChP 21.1.1868
Greymouth – he was inducted at Christchurch into the Greymouth charge on 26.1.1870;
A Church was opened on 25.12.1870 Resigned ChP 14.6.1877
Otaio SCP 9.8.1881 Resigned 22.10.1883
Te Aroha Supply 1884
Stratford TkP (under Church Extension Committee) 1889-94
Died 20.7.1894 in office
MCKIRDY, Dr Don & Mrs Adele
Missionary Solomon Islands
Helena Goldie Hospital, Medical Superintendent, to take over on 1.11.1988,
Munda Solomon Islands, 1989
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