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MILLICHAMP, Rev Roger Frank LTh.
w Jennifer Catherine m 12.11.1960
After completing course at Baptist College Auckland he was a Baptist Minister at Whakatane for 2 years.
Received by Assembly in 1969 after 1 year course in Hall.
Theological Hall 1970
St Aidans Chch (Mariehau) 2.2.1971
Hospital Chaplain Christchurch 3.6.1976
St Andrews at Rangi Ruru ChP 31.7.1986
Minister Emeritus Oct 2001
MILLIGAN, Rev John Martin B.A.(Theol - Univ Sth Afr)
b 14 September 1918
w Kathleen May b 21 May 1918 m 10 April 1942
Ordained into the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa 1960
Parish Ministry in Vanderbijlpark; Transvaal; Cambridge; East Cape; and Goodwood,
Cape Province. He also held ministerial oversight over the Presbyterian Churches of
Swartkopmund and Windhoek in Namibia.
Moderator of Presbyteries of King Williamstown, Eastern Cape, and Cape Town.
Also Clerk of Assembly. A member of the Assembly Committee for Education, and a
Trustee of the Dale College Board and Selbourne College Board of Governors.
To New Zealand 1975 :
Ordained Waireka-Weston North Otago Presybery 22 April 1975
St James North East Valley, Dunedin Presbytery 17 November 1977
St Andrews Takaka Nelson Marlborough Presbytery 29 Apirl 1983 - retired 9 June 1985
Undertook Stated Supply in Takaka, Edendale, Invercargill, Oamau,
Palmerston, Anderson’s Bay, Corstorphine, Concorde and Grants Braes.
St James Dunedin Presbytery 1988
Minister Emeritus August 1999
“His interest in ministry extended to older people, working as Chaplain in aged care
for PSS homes in Dunedin and the Montecillo War Veteran’s Home. As well as time in
Chaplaincy in Dunedin Public Hospital, John regularly led worship in other aged
residential homes, right up to the time of his death….A member of the Assembly Book
of Order Committee and the Church Ministry Education Committee.”
(From Christchurch Presbytery Minutes)
Died 24 May 2004
MILLIGAN, Rev Dr Ralph
United States of America
Minister, Hurunui Combined Parishes, Christchurch, 30 November 2006-1 May 2007
MILLIGAN, Rev William James
w (1) Vera b 11.2.1918 m 21.10.1942 d 1958
w (2) Margaret Ruth b 10.9.1908 m 25.10.1959 d 3.12.1981
He worked first on his Father’s farm near Dipton; in 1937 he went to OU, then Hall.
Ord Wanaka-Hawea (Upper Clutha COP) 16.12.1942
Chap RNZAF Ohakea 31.7.1947
Whakatane BPP 18.2.1954
Died 21.12.1966 Whakatane in office, aged 51 suddenly
MILLS, Rev Anne
Chartwell Co-operating Parish, Hamilton, ended 17 January 2015
MILLS, Rev. Dr. Ronald (Ron) G. Ll.B.(Hons)., BD., PhD.
Theological Hall 1984-86, licensed St Johns Wn 24.5.1987
St.Andrew’s Presb. Church, Hibiscus Coast NSP Apr 1998
MILLWARD, Rev Steve J
Ord. Pokeno SAP 12 Feb 2004
MILLWARD, Rev William (Bill) James
b. Lower Hutt
w Rachel Weir McEwan m 12.4.1958
Educated at Waterloo Primary School at Lower Hutt, Hutt Valley High School, Wellington
Teachers’ Training College and Victoria University. Holds a Teachers “C” certificate.
A Sunday School Teacher, Bible Class leader, Boys’ Brigade Officer and coached a Boys Soccer Team.
Missionary New Hebrides (Vanuatu) – Appointed as Teacher to Lamenu District School 22 Feb 1955
Left for New Hebrides 27 Apr 1955.
Returned to NZ Dec 1957 as no married positions available in the New Hebrides and also desired to
study for the Ministry.
Resigned from Mission staff 30 April 1958
HM Waimana 1.6.1958
Matahi, teacher 1960
Theological Hall 1962-4
Ordained Te Whaiti 2.2.1965
Coromandel-Whitianga WkP 26.10.1967
Te Atatu Union AP 31.3.1974
St Giles Te Atatu AP 18.11.1982
Minister Emeritus 31.10.1989
MILMINE, Mr Allan James (Jim)
Educated at Dargaville and Waverley Primary Schools, Mt Albert Grammar School,
and Auckland Teachers’ Training College. A certified Teacher.
Plays the pipe organ, piano, piano accordian and tenor drum.
Missionary - New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Appointed to Lamenu as District Teacher for a three year term 21 Feb 1959 -
Left for New Hebrides 5 Mar 1959. Taught at lamenu District School 10 Mar 1959 to 28 Feb 1962.
Due to return to NZ Dec 1961, but agreed to remain to relieve Rev EG Jansen at Tangoa Training Institute.
Tangoa Training Institute Tangoa - relieving 1 Mar 1962 to Dec 1962.
Returned to NZ 12 Dec 1962.
Off staff 10 Apr 1963
MILMINE, Rev Mervyn Gray M.A.
b 5.1.1906; w Francis Elizabeth b 10.6.1914 m 26.3.1936
Ord Waikaka Valley MtP 13.12.1935
Dargaville NP 19.4.1939
Waverley TkP 1.2.1944
Assoc Mt Albert (Owairaka AP) 31.8.1950
Rangitaiki BPP 29.8.1957
St Davids Gisborne 17.12.1964 ret 30.8.1971
MILNE, Mr Francis
HM Ratanui ClP 1912
Wanganui Outfields (Kai Iwi) 1916 res early 1917 & went into NZEF.
MILNE, Dr Graham Anderson M.B.,Ch.B., D.T.M. & H.
b Christchurch 4.12.1918
w Areta Hazel McNeur (B.A.) b 22.5.1919 m 12.5.1943 d 21 April 1997
Educated at Sydenham Primary School, Christchurch Boys’ High School, Canterbury
University College and at the University of Otago Medical School.
Appointed to Mission staff 1 Mar 1945.
Dedicated for Mission service 24 Apr 1945 and left NZ by plane 30 Apr 1945.
As the Kong Chuen Hospital was still in enemy hands as at March 1945, he was loaned to
the Friends Ambulance Unit for duty in China with his expenses paid by the NZ Presb. Church.
Mrs Milne and their two children remained in NZ, finally leaving for China 5 Dec 1946, arriving 3 May 1947.
Dr Milne arrived at Kong Chuen Hospital to commence duties 7 Oct 1945.
Left China, leaving the Hospital under Chinese control.
Resigned 31 Oct 1950 and withdrew.
Appointed Chief Medical Officer for Niue Island 1952
Retired to Takaka NZ
MILNE, Mrs Areta Hazel (née McNeur) B.A.
h Graham Anderson, Milne (refer above entry) b 4.12.1918 m 12.5.1943
Hall 1942- (private student)
Died 21 April 1997
MILNE, Miss Isobel Mrs T.E. Riddle
b. Nguna 5.8.1885;
h. Thomas Ewart, Riddle b. 1878 m. 29.3.1917 d. 5.1.1967
Daughter of Rev P. Milne (Snr), New Hebrides; Came to Dunedin NZ on the “Dayspring” in 1890
for schooling. Returned to New Hebrides on the “Monowai” in 1900. Taught at school on Epi.
Rep 1901: she was paid as Mission assistant at Nguna, New Hebrides;
Returned to NZ to study Nursing in Oct 1906. Received nursing training at St Helens Dunedin.
Left NZ July 1913. She visited New Hebrides to see her parents and for a rest and change; then she
sailed to Sydney and from there to India 25.10.1913 as YWBC ‘Own Missionary’;
arrived India 21.11.1913 and served as a Missionary Nurse at Jagadhri Hospital with our Punjab Mission.
She married Rev T.E. Riddle, also Missionary at Jagadhri, on 29.3.1917
Died NZ 12.5.1964
MILNE, Rev James M.A.
b 14.12.1865 Newhills, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
w Fanny Nichol b 9.1.1870 m 3.12.1896 d 14.4.1956
Son of William and Anne Milne. Educated at Stoneywood, Old Aberdeen Grammar School, University
of Aberdeen (MA 1887).
Licensed by the Presbytery of Aberdeen (Church of Scotland) May 1889 (one record states April 1889)
Assistant South Parish, Aberdeen 1889 to 1890
To Australia 1890 –
Received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales
Ordained Sydney April 1891
Chalmers, Redfern 1891 to 1896.
To New Zealand _
Inducted to St Paul’s, Oamaru NOP 1896
St Andrews Auckland AP 15.3.1898 – resigned 9.1.1900
Left for Scotland –
Admitted by the General Assembly 1901
Caledonian Church, Holloway, London 5.11.1902 to 1906
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, England 1906 to 1907
Returned to New Zealand 1907 -
Inducted Thames WkP 26.11.1907 - retired 31.1.1933
He was a keen advocate of State Control of the Liquor Trade; General Assembly delegate to the
Lausanne Conference 1937; keenly interested in Ecumenical Affairs; pro labour party.
MILNE, Rev James (Jim) David Q.S.M., LLM.
w Mary Lynne Griffiths (daughter of R.C. Griffiths) m 2.9.1961
Theological Hall 1962-64
Ord Assist Knox Churh Dunedin 2.2.1965
St Columba Tauranga BPP 25.2.1969
Director PSSA (now Presbyterian Support Services) Auckland 6.2.1975
Minister Emeritus 31.3.1993
Regional Advisor, Administration & Policy Group of the Council of Assembly.
MILNE, Miss Kate Mrs Anderson
Eldest daughter of Rev P. Milne, New Hebrides (Vanuatu),
Nguna, app assist Miss; in 1901 she left for a short
furlough, after which she was married to Mr Anderson,
assist Miss on another island.
MILNE, Rev Peter (Snr)
b 17.5.1834 Slains Aberdeen Scotland
w Mary Jane Veitch b Edinburgh 8.6.1849 m 18.12.1868 d 26.2.1908 at Dunedin
He was licensed by the Free Church Presbytery of Edinburgh 1868;
Ordained as Missionary to the New Hebrides in St Cuthberts (Free Church) Edinburgh 26.11.1868;
The first Missionary of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago & Southland;
Vvaledictory service in Dunedin before leaving for New Hebrides (Vanuatu) 10.6.1869;
Arr in the New Hebrides 16.8.1869.
After a stay of some months on other islands he settled on Nguna on 19.7.1870.
He had an apostolic ministry there; progress from 1883-90 was very remarkable. First fruits
came in 1875; the number of Communicants grew from 40 in 1883 to 800 in 1890, of whom 433
were admitted in 1889; the marked increase came following a period of fierce tribal warfare,
which proved to be a turning point. In 1895 heathenism ended on Nguna; the Church was
enlarged to seat 600.
His wife returned to Dunedin, New Zealand c.1908 to gather together her scattered family
who were generally in New Zealand for schooling and with the hope that her husband would
retire and return to New Zealand. Sending children away for schooling or leaving them behind
in New Zealand was always a source of much sadness for Missionary Mothers.
Unfortunately, after re-uniting her family, Mary Jane Milne fell ill and died in Dunedin Feb 1908.
(Interred in the Northern Cemetery Dunedin)
He translated the Scriptures into Ngunese and it was reported to the General Assembly in 1912
that he was in Edinburgh seeing his translation through the press (the complete Bible).
He was Father of Rev W.V. Milne, Dr Peter Milne (Jnr), Mrs Isobel Riddle, Dr D.S. Milne of Wellington.
On a tablet erected by the people of Nguna in his memory is the inscription -
"When he came to Nguna there were no Christians; when he died there were no heathen."
He retired 31.12.1916, but continued to live on the island of Nguna with his son and daughter in law.
Moderator of the New Hebrides Mission Synod 1872-73, and 1915.
Died 26.11.1924 Nguna, aged 90 and buried in the Christian cemetery on Nguna, the Island he loved.
MILNE, Rev Dr Peter (Jnr) B.A.
w Hazel Currie (daughter of the Rev S.W. Currie) b. (?) m. 4.11.1913 d. at PSSA Iona Hospital,
Oamaru 17 Dec 1973.
He was a son of Rev Peter Milne above and spent his early years on Nguna in the New Hebrides.
He felt the call to serve the Church in Foreign Mission service.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1909-11.
Ordained in Knox Church Dunedin by the Rt Rev G. Lindsay for Mission service in South
‘Own Missionary’ of Stirling ClP.
During his service in South China, Hazel used her talents as a teacher in the educational program
established there. In 9.1915 Peter was compelled to go on furlough on account of his health, and he
resigned from 31.12.1915.
Feeling that a Medical qualification would be of more benefit, he studied medicine at Otago University
with Hazel working as a Teacher to support them both. After qualifying, he joined the British Medical
Administration in Kenya, living there with Hazel until about 6 years before his retirement.
Upon their return to New Zealand, Peter was appointed the Medical Superintendent at the Seacliff
Psychiatric Hospital near Dunedin. Three years later he moved to the Waitati Hospital between
Seacliff and Dunedin. After retirement, Peter and Hazel moved to Roslyn in Dunedin, Hazel continuing
her interest in adult literacy. A significant bequest was given to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) after Peter's
death to be used for Educational purposes in memory of the Mission work carried out there by his
Father and Mother. With Hazel's blessing this money was used to build a Girls’ Hostel at Onesua High
School and named the Milne Memorial Hostel.
Died Dunedin 1964, being buried beside his Mother in the Northern Cemetery.
MILNE, Mr W.
HM Kai Iwi WgP 1916
MILNE, Rev William Ritchie
b 14.5.1886 Clunes Victoria, Australia
w Edna Clarice Jane b 17.8.1885 m 29.12.1909 d 30.6.1964
He came to NZ in his early 20’s.
HM Blackball WsP 1912
Springburn AsP 1915, Ord HM 1915; he was given leave from Springburn to enter the Hall,
and he returned during the holidays to preach there.
Theological Hall 1918-20
Licensed by Ashburton Presbytery 19.10.1920 and :
Ord Minister, Springburn AsP 19.10.1920
Kurow NOP 19.1.1922
St James, Wellington WnP 6.2.1930
St Stephens Ponsonby, Auckland AP 9.7.1936
Drury SAP 8.8.1950 - retired 30.4.1953 (he stayed on as Acting Moderator until 1 Sept 1955)
“A man with gifts well above the ordinary and with splendid physical resources, he excelled
in the things of the spirit…. In the pulpit, with clarity of mind and devotion of spirit, his he
led his people to the Throne of God.” (from Obit.)
Died 24.6.1955 Auckland at home.
MILNE, Rev William Veitch
b 8.10.1877 Nguna Vanuatu;
w Jemima S. nee Scott, of Wyndham, b 24.1.1874 m 8.3.1905 d 4.2.1972. After the death of William, Jemima
went to live in Invercargill with her son Ian. In 1955 she moved to the PSSA “Peacehaven” retirement home in
Invercargill, living there until her death in 1972. She maintained her strong interest in the New Hebridean people
to the end and generously donated £500 towards the cost of the new Onesua High School in the early 1950’s.
A son of Rev Peter Milne (Snr) , born in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu). He went to NZ for his education.
Appointed as unordained Missionary to assist his Father on Nguna 1900-02 then came back to NZ to train for the
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1903-4 - by instruction of Missions Committee for 2 years (Rep Ass Com 1903).
Nguna, New Hebrides (Vanuatu) arrived 4.1905 as Assistant to his Father until Father’s death in 1924; then in
charge of station. Being born on the island he was regarded by the natives as one of themselves, man-Nguna,
and they gave him their implicit trust. He was a skilled boatman and he had a good working knowledge of
medicine (gained from some instruction at the Medical School Dunedin).
He was a teacher and pastor as familiar with the native language as with English; he revised and expanded the
Hymn Book, not a few composed, or translated by himself. To his fellow missionaries he was a loyal friend and
Moderator of the New Hebrides Mission Synod 1921.
‘....The tremendous influence that his personality exerted over both natives and Europeans during his 32 years
as a Missionary in the Nguna district can never be expressed. For the natives, perhaps it is best shown by the
manner in which he was always accepted, as a matter of course, as their refuge in time of trouble. They had
only to tell him and he would immediately begin to set it right, and he had the amazing gift of being able to
bring right out of almost any wrong, clearness from confusion, and happiness from strife and sorrow. He and
everyone else, took is as a matter of course that he would do his utmost for everyone.
‘The effect of all these things is summed up sincerely and significantly in a letter written by one who was his
nearest white neighbour for 10 yrs - a French trader. He said - “By his kindness, his greatness of ideas, he was
my refuge and the balance of my acts.
He was an Englishman, myself a Frenchman. Between us, we were only men, without any distinction of nationality.
After 54 yrs of my life, the sweetest remembrance is attached to the name of my dear William Milne. In the illness,
in the sorrow always, they were near us, always so kind and encouraging.”
The fruits are plentiful. .... He met his death in yet another attempt to help his people in trouble, going out
fearlessly and without hesitation. Tragic though it was, it was a brave end to a life that may well stand as an
inspiration in our Church.’ (Basil Nottage).
Murdered by an insane native at Nguna 27.4.1937
Interred in the Christian Cmetery on Nguna Island.
MILNER, Rev Colin A.
Leeston Co-op ChP 2.1978
Kaikohe Union NP 2.1982 res 2.1988
MILNER, Rev Ian Arthur
b 20.12.1915 at Wharepukunga
w Ruth Alice Lopdell b 7.12.1916 m 8.2.1947
A Baptist, he was educated at Gisborne, Napier College, and Waitaki College
Oamaru. Formerly Manager for a firm of importers.
Joined the Home Missionary service 1.2.1941
HM St Stephens Lower Hutt Outfields WnP (student supply) 1941
Granted leave to serve with the 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force 1.12.1941
Served with the YMCA for 4 years, in the Pacific and Middle East.
Theological Hall 1947-49
Ord Taradale HBP 9.2.1950
Putaruru WkP 2.2.1955 - Church built.
Scots Hamilton North 12.4.1962 - he provided the impetus to extend the Hall by
voluntary labour; later built a Church.
St Marks Palmerston North MnP 3.12.1969 - building undertaken.
Upper Hutt Co-op WnP 9.9.1976 - building undertaken.
Retired 31.1.1981. - After retirement suffered ill-health, with periods in Hospital.
His hobby was a lifelong interest in carpentry and building, which he used to
good effect in his parishes.
MILNES, Miss Stella C. Mrs Nigel Watson
Deac Coll 1959 (special course)
Chr Educ Dept, field staff 1960 -
res to marry Prof Nigel Watson, Ormond Coll, Melb 25.11.1961
MILROY, Miss Jean Margaret
b 18.6.1905 Mackaytown, Karangahake.
Primary education at Mackaytown, Kopu, Buckland and Karangahake. Secondary
education at Thames High School. Trained as a Primary School Teacher at Auckland
Teachers Training College, serving under the Auckland Education Board and at
Maungapohatu. She offered to teach in Maori Mission schools, and was placed as
Assistant at Maungapohatu, which at same time became a Government school 1.2.1938.
Maungapohatu Native School, volunteer Missionary 1.2.1938
She taught for several years at Te Onepu Maori Mission School, and when it was closed
Maori Synod appointed her as Missionary there 1.9.1944
Appointed to Maori Mission Staff 1944
Relieved at Nuhaka & Maungapohatu.
Kawerau 1.12.1945 - Rep: applied to be Ordained as Deaconess.
Putauaki (Kawerau) 1970
Successful Pastor at Onepu, Kawerau, & Waiohau.
Died 28.4.1970 - killed in motor accident
MILSON George Mr
Arrived in NZ at Dn on SS Rakaia 10.1.1865.
Maori Miss - volunteer at start Pioneer Maori Miss. He was a teacher in a school at Turakina
pa, & did voluntary miss work as well; for this he was later given a small remuneration. The
school was closed in 1880, & at the beginning of 1881 he started at Hiruhama (Jerusalem) on
Wanganui River. Here he worked as teacher, doctor, & evangelist in one. The Ch could not
pay him more than $160 p a & an amount for medicines; the Govt gave him permission to use
the school-house. On acct of ill-health he res fr 31.3.1891, but still continued in some
measure as agent there; finally he ret 31.3.1896 & went to live with friends at Feilding
MINNS, Rev J.A.
Waikohu Co-op GP 12.1977
MINSON, Rev Peter
Welcome Bay Community Ch, BPP 3.1992, term completed 2.1994
MISSEN, Rev Dr Alan William B.Sc. M.Sc. Ph.D. (Chemistry), M.C.S., M.Th.
Raised in Wellington, Brethren family, made commitment to Christ aged 13 years, baptized a year later, and came into
"fellowship" aged 15 years
Educated Victoria University of Wellington M.Sc. 1969; University of Auckland Ph.D. 1971;
Full-time ministry in Baptist Church, aged 33 years
Three years theological training, Regent College, Vancouver, M.C.S., 1989
Analytical Toxicologist, Chemistry Divsion, DSIR, Gracefield, 1971-1981
Assistant Pastor, Avalon Baptist Church, Hutt Valley, Wellington, 1981-1984
Pastor, full pastoral responsibility, Avalon Baptist Church, 1985-1987
Ordained Baptist Pastor, 1990
Waikanae Baptist Church, 1990-1995
Acting Dean, Bible College of New Zealand, Wellington Branch 1997
Faculty member and lecturer, Bible College of New Zealand, Wellington, August 1997-April 1998
Relieving Teacher, Science and Mathematics, Form 4 - 7, Chilton St James School, July-August 1997
Interim Senior Pastor (part-time) September 1997-August 1998, and Senior Pastor, Tawa-Lindon Baptist Church, 1998-2001
Master of Theology degree, University of Otago, 2001
Self-employed tutor, lecturer, and preacher, June-December 2001
Cromwell Presbyterian Church, Central Otago Presbytery, December 2002
Minister, John Knox Rangiora / St Andrew's Loburn Christchurch Presbytery, 7 February 2008
MITCHELL, Mr Athol
Son of Rev H.A.M. Mitchell
Sec National Council of Pres Support Services Wn 9.1989
MITCHELL, Rev Colin Arthur B.A. (NZ), M.A. (Cant.), Dip. Theol. (Knox Theological Hall), M.N.Z.Ps.S., Registered Psychologist
b.21 November 1927 Hokitika. Lived at Harihari and Hokitika. Left school at end of Fourth Form and worked for 3 years.
Felt call to ministry during the ministry of Rev. Keith Hadfield.
One year at correspondence, returned to Hokitika District High School aged 19 years, gained School Certificate and accredited University Entrance.
w (1) Noeline Helen Norrish b 23 July 1930 m 17 January 1953 (divorced 1975)
w (2) Jocelyn Turner Chirnside m 9 December 1978
Canterbury University College 1949-1951 (almost completed degree)
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1952-1954
Licensed Westland Presbytery 30 November 1954
Ordained St Paul's Kaikoura Nelson-Marlborough Presbytery 1 February 1955-January 1959
Hospital Chaplain Christchurch February 1959 - resigned 1963
Deputy Director Cairnmiller Institute Melbourne and Associate Minister Prahran Parish January 1964-December 1965
Director The Campbell Centre for Counselling and Human Relations Education PSSA Christchurch January.1966-March 1989
Exchange ministry United Campus Minister of Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 1976
Exchange therapist Interfaith Pastoral Counselling Center, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario Canada September 1982-August 1983
Minister Emeritus 31 March 1989
Psychologist / Psychotherapist and Group Therapist July 1989-30 November 2001
MITCHELL, Mr Fraser & Mrs Betty
Vanuatu, Vila, Treas Ch Office 1982 - service completed 31.12.1984
Short Term Volunteer Service PNG 2.1985
Tonga, Financial Sec for Free Wesleyan Ch of Tonga 1985-8.
Rep 1991: regular audit in Ch Tonga.
Munda, Solomon Is - to help with financial work for 3 mths, 1989.
MITCHELL, Rev George Patrick
b 29 December 1877; w Elizabeth b 25 October 1885 m 16 December 1908 d 29 March 1965
Interred at Calcium Cemetery in same plot with husband, aged 79
Home Mission Waiau 1903
Halkett Christchurch Presbytery June 1903
Merrivale Southland Presbytery 1905
Wanaka-Hawea Central Otago Presbytery October 1905
Winton Outfields Southland Presbytery 1907
North Wairoa Northland Presbytery 1909
Winton Outfields Southland Presbytery 1910
Ordained Knapdale Mataura Presbytey 5 June 1918
South Taieri Dunedin Presbytery 21 May 1925
Limestone Plains Southland Presbytery 5 September 1930 retired 6 September 1944
Moderator Synod of Otago and Southland 1939
Died 10 October 1954 aged 76 years interred Calcium Cemetery
MITCHELL, Rev Henry Alexander McDonald (Alec) B.A.
w Marion Armour nee Thompson b 30.9.1898 m 4.2.1930 d 13.8.1985
Ord Clutha Valley (Clydevale ClP) 27.2.1930
Roslyn DnP 7.9.1933 - leave of absence for -
Chap 2NZEF 1940-6, taken POW Italy 1942;
resumed at Roslyn 1946
St Andrews Hastings 5.2.1948 ret 6.12.1965
At Hastings coached senior rugby; Clerk of DnP.
Died 30.4.1981 Hastings
MITCHELL, Rev John (Jack) Andrew
w Mae Frances m 2.2.1957
Theological Hall, uUnedin1953-5
Ord Strath-Taieri (Middlemarch) 15.2.1956
St Davids Invercargill SP 26.4.1962
Assoc Whakatane 31.3.1966; pastoral tie dissolved 13.10.1968
Became a Minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand at Whakatane.
MITCHELL, Rev J.M.
Licensed 9 Nov 1889
Admitted to Free Church of Scotland from EA Church in May 1896)
Arrived in New Zealand Nov 1896
Ind Hamilton 16.12.1896 - resigned 2.4.1901, and returned to Scotland.
MITCHELL, Mr John Stuart
b. at Whangarei
Educated at Ponsonby Primary School & the Seddon Memorial Technical College.
Served an Apprenticeship to the Printing Trade then spent some time in the trade.
Entered University to study as a candidate for the Ministry but financial problems
necessitated his withdrawal.
A leader of the Junior Men’s Bible Class, a member of the Board of Managers and
of the Choir at St Stephen’s Church Ponsonby, Auckland.
Maori Mission –
Appointed Assistant Master of the Dominion Road Maori Boy’s Hostel Ponsonby
Acting Master Ponsonby Maori Boys’ Hostel, Hostel Auckland c.1961
MITCHELL, Miss Marjorie McDonald B.A.
b 20.12.1908 at Christchurch.
Educated at Te Whare Private School, Cashmere Public School, Christchurch Girls’
High School, the Wellington East Girls’ College and Victoria University (B.A.).
Spent some time Teaching
Appointed Assistant Teacher, Turakina Maori Girls’ College, Marton 1.7.1935
Appointed Principal, Turakina Maori Girls’ College College 1.2.1950 - retired 31.1.1964
died 17 July 2000
MITCHELL, Rev Peter
w Gwenda Adelaide m 10.12.1955
Theological Hall 1963-65
Ord St Aidan’s Christchurch (Mariehau) ChP 31.3.1966
PSSA Christchurch Counsellor 19.2.1970 - resigned 31.12.1973 & withdrew.
Campbell Counselling Centre Christchurch 1974. Lodged Cert ChP 1975
MITCHELL, Mr R.
HM Henderson AP 1921 res 1924
MITCHELL, Rev. Dr. Roderick (Rod) George
B.Com., M.A., D.P.S., Ph.D.(LA), D.C.H., D.P.S., MADPS.
w Rev Sarah Anne Phyllis Mitchell (refer entry below) m 4.1.1969
Theological Hall 1968-70
Ordained Geraldine SCP SS 3.2.1971 - o’seas study
Assist St Ninians Karori & St Anselms WnP 9.8.1973 - resigned 15.2.1980 then overseas.
PSSA Human Development Officer NSP 13.8.1981
Associate Minister Mairangi-Castor Bays NSP 9.2.1986 - resigned 10.5.1988
Inducted as Tertiary Institution Chaplain Otago Dn 25.6.1989
University Chaplain Otago University Dunedin 15.2.1989 - resigned 31.1.1994
Lodged Certificate DnP Jan 1996
Minister within the Bounds DnP 7 Mar 2006
MITCHELL, Rev. Dr. Sarah Anne Phyllis A.T.C.L., Dip.H.Sc., Dip.Tchg., B.Theol.(Hons)., PhD.
b.at Gore née Aldridge
h. Rev Dr Roderick George Mitchell (refer entry above) m 4.1.1969
Theological Hall Dunedin 1985-87
Ordained Director Community Based Ministry Training Dunedin 1.2.1991
Principal - United Theological College, North Parramatta, NSW, Australia Jan 1996
Lodged Certificate Jan 1996
Knox Church Dunedin DnP 29 Sept 2005 - retired 10 Feb 2013
MITCHELL, Mr William Fraser
w. Betty K Mitchell m (?)
Appointed as Financial Adviser to the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (wages paid by the PCV)
Left for Vanuatu 14 Feb 1985
Returned to NZ 21 Feb 1984
MOFFATT, Mr John
b. Dec 1900 at Cookstown, Northern Ireland (Came to NZ with Jack Graham in the early 1920’s)
w. Elsie McGechie b. 15.8.1901 in Taranaki, m. 8.12.1936 at Auckland, d. 15.3.1993
Worked as a printing compositor at Taupo; 3 years as a Special Constable; 6 years
afforestation under NZ Perpetual Forests (NZPF) Ltd; local Preacher.
Commenced 24.12.1932 to qualify for both Home Mission & Maori Mission service.
Taupo 24.12.1932 - Artisan Missionary under Mr Laughton; experienced in forestry and printing.
Assisted at the Maori Mission Printery.
Both John and Elsie were keen enthusiasts for mission work.
MOIR, Rev John
b. Feb 1808 or 1809 at Perth, Scotland (John himself was unsure of the correct date as
the official records apparently state 1808, however his Mother later believed the year
was in fact 1809. Thereafter he always quoted the year of his birth as being 1809).
w (1) Helen Mary Hamilton b.(?) m. 22 May 1936 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
d. 28 Oct 1870, (after a long illness). They had 8 children together.
w (2) Mary Elizabeth Rowlands b.1848 at Wellington m. 10 April 1876 d. 1932 (Mary
was an Anglican and had been Governess to the Moir children prior to her
marriage). They had 5 children together with 2 being stillborn.
Began his ministry in Scotland as a Minister with the Congregational (or Independents)
Church, but then joined the Free Church of Scotland. He was Minister of Hamilton when
David Livingstone was a young man. He then directed his thoughts and studies to the
Minister of Menmuir, Brechin Presbytery, for 5 years.
Sent out to New Zealand by the Free Church in response to an invitation from a number
of Presbyterians in Wellington who were Free Churchmen and did not care to attend St
Andrew’s Church (on the Terrace) as it represented the Established Church of Scotland.
Arrived New Zealand 30.11.1853 with his wife at Wellington after a voyage of 17 weeks
on the “John Taylor”.
First Minister of St Johns,Willis St, Wellington WgP 1853
In 1856 a new Church was erected at a cost of £1,000 he retired in 1867 after 14 years of
strenuous ministry, the congregationthen granted him a pension of £100 p.a.
He supplied at Porirua and Pahautanui then at Hutt from c.1870 until he asked to be
relieved in 1877
He was the first Moderator of Wellington Presbytery which was constituted on 3.11.1857;
and appointed their first Clerk on 28.4.1858.
“The departed Minister was a man of strong religious convictions, of great amiability of
temper, and high intellectual attainments. He was a constant student of the Scriptures in
the original languages, and he read the Latin classics very constantly and with keen
Died at home, Wellington, 7th October 1895. Buried in the Sydney (now known as Bolton?)
Street Cemetery, together with his two wives and other members of his family.
MOLINEUX, AJ (Alison) BA(Hons), BD
Minister within the Bounds MnP (Associate Membership) Feb 2001
Taupo Co-operating Parish Kaimai Presbytery (Methodist) 6 Febuary 2014
MONEY, Sr Lucy (Deaconess) M.B.E.
A Registered Nurse and Plunket Nurse.
A Deaconess of the Methodist Church of NZ
On Methodist Mission Staff 1947
Left NZ 9.5.1947
Missionary appointed to Solomon Islands to undertake translation work
Sasamuqa, Choiseul, W.P. Solomon Island 1947-1993
Retired 1989, but continued translation as a volunteer until 1993. She translated Mark,
Romans and Philippians in the 1950s and has now done nearly the whole Bible and Hymn
Book into the Babatana language.
MONFRIES, Mr A.
Supplied summer 1901-2 at Hindon, Lee Stream, & Mt Gowrie DnP.
MONFRIES, Miss Abigail
Volunteer teacher fr Otago - Sister of Rev J.I. Monfries below.
Ruatahuna 1917; m Rev J. Currie 1922 & continued to teach till ill-health led to res 1923
Maungapohatu supply 1933 (she & her husband).
MONFRIES, Rev James Inch
b 1.12.1875; w Agatha b 14.10.1880 m 20.3.1909
Hall Dn 1905-7 during summer vacs went to Taupo to learn Maori language fr H.J. Fletcher,
& to assist in Maori work.
Ord by Ass for Maori Miss 11.11.1907.
Manunui WgPl he was able to undertake the HM work required as well as Maori work here
2.1908. In 1909 a property was bought near Manunui for a Maori Boys Agricultural Coll, &
Mr Monfries was placed in charge.
He res 30.6.1915 & went farming; he withdrew fr min on 31.3.1917. Later he was an inmate
of the Blind Institute Ak. He was brother of Mrs J. Currie of Maori Miss.
MONRO, Rev George Bisset
w Agnes S. b 13.5.1854 m 27.3.1877 d 31.3.1926
From Glasgow Presbytery of the Free Church of Scotland, came out as Probationer.
Ordained St Lukes Auckland AP 6.7.1877 (one record indicates 4.7.1877) - retired 31.3.1918
Moderator of Northern Assembly 1887 & 1906
“40 years sowing and reaping a good harvest of righteous influence.”
Died 22.7.1921 Remuera, after a considerable time of illness
MONRO, Rev Patrick Robertson
w Sarah Frances Beswick b.1856 at Kaiapoi (baptised by Bishop Selwyn) m.1883 d.1940’s
(After the death of her husband she brought up their three sons virtually on her own).
Arrived NZ 1878
Halkett (supply) ChP on arrival in NZ
Rangiora (Student Missionary) ChP 1878
Westport (supply) WsP 1881
Ordained Westport WsP 5.1883
Cust ChP 10.8.1886
Sydenham ChP 11.8.1887
Rangiora ChP 25.3.1891 - resigned 1896 to work for -
NZ Alliance (for the abolition of the liquor trade) 1896
Died 1897 (suddenly)
MOODIE, Miss Pat
Rep 1980: service completed PNG 1980
MOODY, Rev Campbell N. M.A.
fr Scot. He was a Miss in Formosa (Taiwan) fr 1895; came to NZ for his wife’s health, &
after serving in one parish returned.
Ind Patearoa COP 24.5.1910, recd by Ass 11.1909; Ord 1893;
res 30.6.1914 & returned to Formosa.
MOON, Mr Bruce & Mrs Margaret
Miss - Vanuatu
Onesua High School, Prres Ch of Vanuatu, teachers 1992.
MOORE, Rev Dr. Albert (Albie) Charles M.A., B.D., Ph.D.(Manchester)
b 26.2.1926 in Wellington.
w Alexa True Hancox m 4.4.1959
Theological Hall Dunedin 1949-51;
Winner of the Hall ‘Begg Travelling Scholarship’ 1951.
Post-graduate student at University of Manchester, England (Faculty of Theology); PhD 10.1954;
Futher post-graduate study at University of Göttingen (under E.Käsemann, J.Jeremias, F.Gogarten).
Ordained Tapanui MtP 13.10.1955 - resigned 15.3.1964 -
Roxburgh supply for 6 months 1964 - then further study
University of Chicago USA 10.1964 to 8.1965 in History of Religions.
Visiting Assistant Professor in study of Religion at Indiana University, Bloomington,
USA 9.1965 to 8.1966
Appointed first Lecturer Phenomenology of Religion at Otago University Dunedin 2.1967
Senior Lecturer 1971 then Associate Professor from 1975
Retired from Otago University 31.1.1992, after 25 yrs.
Minister Emeritus Dec 1991
Albert C. Moore, minister, historian, theologian and religious studies pioneer is remembered for his
curiosity, empathy and encouraging ways... His interest in religious iconography, where he became
a world authority, grew from his passion for art and its role in religious expression and experience.
He particularly enjoyed the art of Marc Chagall, Sir Stanley Spencer and Sadao Watanabbe,
Japanese printmaker, and also believed life was enriched by music, in his case particularly jazz.
Dr Moore was a loyal, involved member of the Opoho Parish from 1967, notably leading a weekly
adult study group for more than 30 years." (from Memorial Minute)
Died 23rd January 2009 at Dunedin
MOORE, Rev Dennis William
b 21.5.1930; unmarried
Theological Hall 1956-58
Ordained Ross WsP (& Kokotahi) 9.2.1959 -
Worked mostly as a non-stipendiary Minister while at the same time being employed
part time as an Meter Reader with the South Westland Power Board, reading meters
in remote parts of South Westland, which he combined with his pastoral visiting.
Later (?) employed full as an Electrician/Inspector at the Amethyst Power Station at
Hari Hari for the South Westland Power Board.
Retired 31.5.1990 where he was employed full time by Westpower in the computer
field at Greymouth, acting as Minutes Secretary for both the Westland/Buller Union
District Council and the Greymouth District Uniting Council with occasional supply.
“Respected by all with whom he came in contact, Dennis was very ‘proper’.
Reserved, intellectual, a perfectionist, with interests many and varied, he was always
willing to share his knowledge. Dennis had an afinity with the mountains and back
country, regularly tramping alone, enjoying the solitude.” (from Obit.)
Died 7 March 1999 after attending communion in the morning
MOORE, Mr Donald Alexander
b. 8.12.1917, unmarried.
Attended Wellington Technical College and took a portion of the Bible Training
Institute Correspondence Course. Formerly a Storeman and Sharemilker.
Joined the Home Missionary service 1.3.1941
A student for the Ministry under Bay of Plenty Presbytery from Apr 1941
HM Coromandel-Whitianga WkP 1941 - granted leave to serve with 2nd NZEF 31.12.1941
Port Ahuriri HBP 1948
MOORE, Rev Henry Augustus
b 23.8.1883 Tasmania, Australia.
w Doris Cully b 3.2.1884 m 23.4.1919
Studied for two years at Officer College, Hobart, formerly an Orchardist,
he joined the Home Missionary Service 1907 – out of service for 4¼ years
during the war years. Did not take the HM course.
Denniston (1 year)
HM Ohakune & Raetihi (10 months)
Whangamomona TkP 1914 (7 months) - resigned 1914
War service with the 1st NZ Expeditionary Force - 19.8.1914 to 2.3.1919
Pongaroa WpP 4.1919, Ord HM 13.4.1920
Opunake TkP 1923
Titoki NP 1926
Awhitu SAP 1928
Ngaruawahia WkP 1930
Kihi Kihi WkP 1934
Rotorua Outfields (Ngongotaha) 1938 – retired 31.12.1940
Coromandel-Whitianga WkP Aug 1942 - retired (again) 22.1.1945
MOORE, Mr H.C.
Waimana 1955 res 31.8.1957
MOORE, Miss Irene
Retired teacher, app Acting Principal Deac Coll in place of Miss Edith Kerr & before the
appt of Kathleen Every 1949
MOORE, Rev James (Jim) Drakley Shaw M.Sc.(Hons), B.D.
b 11 September 1920 at Dunedin
"Drakley" according to the family, some sources say "Dramley"
w Jean Margaret b 13 October 1927 m 1 December 1948
Educated at Otago Boys High School then attended the University of Otago.
Junior Lecturer for two years in Physics at Otago University.
Afterwards served with the Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Science Officer (2nd Lieutenant) in the Pacific
Theological Hall, Dunedin,1948-1950
Ordained by Presbytery of Dunedin, 1950
Inducted Owaka, Clutha Presbytery, 13 December 1950
Wyndham, Mataura Presbytery, 11 February 1954
St Andrews, Invercargill, Southland Presbytery, 29 May 1963, leading role in Southland PSSA
Glendowie, Auckland Presbytery, 29 August 1968, Clerk, Auckland Presbytery February 1971-December 1975
Mornington, Dunedin Presbytery, 11 December 1975
Minister Emeritus, 30 September 1985
Served as Convenor of the General Assembly Life & Work Committee.
“Jim was convener of the Theological Hall Committee from 1978 to 1985 and is remembered
for the quality of his leadership and example. He wrote a study book ‘The Helper and the
heritage’ which combined his long interest in the work of the Holy Spirit and his concern that
new interest in the Holy Spirit and the Church’s heritage of faith should be held together as
resources for faith.
Jim never sought a ‘place’ or advancement for himself in the church, or to have ‘followers’,
but in an attractive and faithful manner did the work of ministry”
(From Memorial Minute – edited)
Died 3 October 2005
MOORE, Mary Emilia
b. 7 March 1869 in Dunedin
Educated Otago Girls' High School
BA University of Otago 1893
Left NZ for Yichang, China with the Church of Scotland Mission 24 November 1896
Returned to NZ during Boxer Rebellion 1900
Retired from Mission 1932 aged 63
Continued to work among the Chinese at Yichang
Left China during Japanese Invasion 1938
Came out of retirement to assist Mission at Yichang 1940
Returned to NZ aged 81 June 1950
Died 17 May 1951
MOORE, Rev William George Kitchener M.A., B.D.(Melb)
b 29 March 1918
w Helen Margaret b 19 August 1918 m 2 February 1952
Theological Hall 1941-1943
Ordained Assistant, St Andrews, New Plymouth, 15 February 1944
Waiwera-Warepa, 22 March 1945 - resigned 10 September 1945, Lodged Certificate.
Waihao Valley, South Canterbury Presbytery, 11 February 1948
Limestone Plains, Southland Presbytery, 29 August 1951
Chaplain, Hospital, Wellington, 3 August 1967
Minister Emeritus, 31 January 1981
Died 21 June 2015 aged 97 years old, buried at Andersons Bay Cemetary, Dunedin, Saturday, 27 June 2015
MOORE, Rev William Reuben B.Sc., B.D.
w Heather Elizabeth m 23.1.1960 d 13.9.1993
Theological Hall 1957-59
Ordained Ahuriri-Putorino HBP 11.2.1960
Waipukurau HBP 13.10.1966
Andersons Bay Dunedin DnP 8.8.1974
Chaplain Wakari Hospital Dunedin 19.10.1982
Minister Emeritus Feb 1999
MORE, Rev James
b. 24.12.1885 (or 23.12.1887) Scotland.
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d. 1931
Came from Scotland before World War One; served in the NZ Expeditionary Forces
in infantry; formery a Farmer. Took the Home Missionary course.
Joined HM staff Jan 1921
HM Hunua 1921
Silverdale NSP 1924
Kutarere BPP 1926, Ord HM 17.4.1928
Mauku SAP 1938
Hauraki Plains WkP 1941
Mangapai NP 1946
Mangere AP 1947
Waitara TkP 1951 ret 1951 at 70
Central King Country WgP 1954
Father of Rev Lawrence More.
MORE, Rev Lawrence William QSM
w Adrienne Patricia b 19.7.1924 m 29.10.1949
Home Missionary Waitara
HM Central King Country WgP 1.3.1951
HM Benneydale 1951-57
Ordained Home Missionary 1954
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1957-59
St James Waihi WkP 8.12.1959
National Council of Churches Prison Chaplain at Mt Eden Prison Auckland (Dept. of Justice) 1.2.1964
Chaplain Paremoremo Maximum Security Prison Feb 1969
Granted a Churchill Fellowship in 1973 to travel overseas for the study of penal institutions in Britain, USA
and the Continent.
Appt. Senior Prison Chaplain Dept of Justice Auckland 27.8.1978
Subsequent involvement with the Dept. of Justice Head Office in Wellington enabled him to serve as part-time
Chaplain to the Arohata Borstall.
Senior Prison Chaplain, Auckland Medium Security Prison 18.11.1981 - retired March 1984
Minister Emeritus 1.3.1984
Awarded the Queen's Service Medal (QSM) in 1988 for services to the community.
"The Church acknowledges the significant contribution given by the Rev Lawrence More in a specialized and
important aspect of the service of the church in the community. In a kind of ministry which had not been
undertaken before, Lawrence's wife Adrienne shared his pioneer vision befriending men who were sentenced
to long term imprisonment under high security." [from Minute of Appreciation]
Son of Rev James More.
Died 1 July 2010, the result of a tragic accident.
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