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Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
Smale to Spence
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SMALE, Rev Sydney Stuart B.A.
b 1.12.1925 at Edinburgh, Scotland
w Mary Gerrie b 13.12.1924 m 25.6.1948 d.? (pre-deceased him)
Served with the Royal Navy during World War Two before emigrating to Australia
as an Engineer. Commenced training for the ministry in 1950.
Studied at the University of Melbourne and at Ormond Theological College.
Rosanna Parish, North Melbourne (Presb. Church of Victoria) 1960.
To New Zealand :
Called to -
First Church, Dunedin DnP 4.3.1965 - resigned 31.1.1971
Returned to Australia :
Home Missions Director, Presb. Church of Victoria, Melbourne.
North Balwyn 1974 to 1978
Minister in the Uniting Church of Australia in Victoria
Died 11 March 2005 suddenly at Melbourne.
SMALES, Rev William Alastair Dip.Th.
w Jacquelia Cuthbert m 14.1.1967
Theological Hall 1969-71
Ordained Waimarino WgP 25.11.1971 - resigned 31.12.1974
With Overseas Missionary Fellowship, Indonesia 1975-82
Forrest Hill NSP 3.2.1983
Knox Church Lower Hutt WnP 28.6.1995
SMALL, Rev Brian N.
Hokitika St Andrews United 2.1980 to 12.1983
Tamatea Community Ch, Napier SS 1.6.1989 to 31.3.1990;
SMALL, Mr Michael & Mrs
Sawmill Mechanic, Mendi PNG 1978
SMART, Mr A.
HM Toko TkP 1912
SMART, Rev Frederic Lang
b 15.8.1907; w Joan Barbara b 26.7.1910 m 28.6.1934
HM Hauraki Plains WkP 1950
Ord HM Ngaruawahia WkP 8.2.1951 res 31.12.1954
SMEATON, Mr W.H. Oliphant
Rep 1880: he passed through undergrad course in Edin Univ, & has completed 1st
Yr in theol under AP; he has also been engaged as evangelist (HM) for last 6 mths.
Helensville AP 1879-80 - no further mention.
Son of Prof Smeaton, Edin.
SMELLIE, Rev Allan Douglas
w Nira Fay m 13.2.1971
Theological Hall 1970-72
Ord Maheno-Incholme NOP 1.3.1973
Queenstown COP 19.8.1976 - resigned 30.4.1980 & withdrew.
SMELLIE, Rev James Bain
b. 14.6.1854 Glasgow, Scotland.
w. Mary Ann Robertson, a printfield worker of Campsie, Scotland b.(?) m. May 1886 d.(?)
Educated at The University of Glasgow, Free Church of Scotland Theological College
Glasgow, and New College Glasgow.
Licensed by the Stirling Presbytery of the Free Church of Scotland 31.5.1883.
Ordained Townhill, Dunfermline 16 Sept 1884 – served until 1887
To New Zealand, arrived 1887 -
Received by the (Northern) Presb. Church of NZ 1887
Newtown, Wellington (supply) WnP 4 mths 1887
Inducted Rangiora ChP 5.7.1888
Wyndham MtP 14.1.1891 - resigned 1898
To Australia –
Beltana (Smith of Dunesk Mission), South Australia 16.11.1898 to 1901
Petersburg (Peterborough) 20.9.1901 to 1903
Returned to New Zealand -
Kumara WsP 1903
Reefton WsP 1904
Papakura SAP 27.2.1906 - he was able to persuade the congregation to engage two Home
Missionaries to assist him in a large and scattered district.
“A man of a genial and kindly spirit, broadminded, and in every sense of the term a Christian
gentleman… Mr Smellie was a faithful pastor, and even in failing health, he bravely continued
in his arduous duties – preaching and visiting with much acceptance.” (from Memorial Minute)
Died 30.10.1911 at the Rotorua Santorium after severe illness.
SMILEY, Dr C.
Munda Hosp, Solomon Is 1980
SMITH, Miss Agnes Janet M.A. (Edin.)
b. Coalburn, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Educated at Lesmahagow High School 1950-53, Larkhall Academy S.S. School 1953-56.
Holds an M.A. and a Teaching Certificate from Edinburgh. A member of the Church of Scotland.
Came to New Zealand in 1965
Missionary Teacher New Hebrides - appointed to Onesua High School August 1967
Set apart for Mission service at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Wanganui 26.12.1967
Left for short preparatory training course at All Saints College Sydney 23.1.1968
Arrived New Hebrides air from Sydney 11.6.1968
Returned to NZ en-route to Scotland 10.12.1968 as her Mother had died and she had to return to
Scotland to care for her Father.
Off staff 11.1.1969
Temporary appointment in the French Department of Larkhall Academy at Hamilton (Lanarkshire,
Scotland) from early 1969.
SMITH, Rev Allan Trevor
b 15.6.1930; w Margaret Harriett m 15.5.1954
Ord Otorohanga WkP 2.2.1983 res 6.8.1985
Scots Hamilton SS 1985
St Stephens Hamilton (Melville WkP) 29.5.1986
Minister Emeritus 1.4.1992
SMITH, Miss Amanda
Waiohau Assist 1925 - left in 1926 for a place less remote.
SMITH, Ann Gladys (Sr Gladys) Q.S.M.
b 28.10.1905 at Tapanui.
Taught for a time as a ‘pupil teacher’ then joined the staff of the Otago Presbyterian Support
Services Association (PSSA) at Nisbet Home for children in Dunedin. From this background
she felt called to train as a Deaconess.
Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute Dunedin ? to 1932
Ordained Deaconess 17th May 1933
Congregational Deaconess St Andrews Hastings HBP 17.5.1933 - resigned 30.11.1937
Congregational Deaconess St Davids Auckland AP 1.12.1937 - resigned 12.1947
Matron of PSSA Southland “Inglenook” Childrens Home, Gore 1.1948 - resigned 10.1952
Congregational Deaconess Knox Church, Dunedin DnP 11.1952 - retired 31.1.1966
Sister Gladys retired officially at the end of 1965, but, true to the motto of the Deaconess
Order ‘By Love Serve’, she continued to work for her Lord in Knox Church, Ross Home,
and the community, for another thirty years. (from Obit.)
Awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 1979.
SMITH, Mrs B. see Sutton, Elizabeth
SMITH, Mr Bernard
Miss - New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Carpenter working at Tongoa under VSA. He married Elizabeth Sutton, & after a
spell in NZ they returned to Tongoa 1973.
SMITH, Mr D.
Maori Mission - artisan Missionary
Whakaki Artisan Missionary 16.1.1958, also HM from 11.8.1958
Nuhaka - resigned 4.11.1961
SMITH, Rev David M
Chaplain and head of boarding, St. Kentigern College, Auckland 2004
SMITH, Rev Ms Dianne M. Dip.Th., Dip.Min., RN & RM.
Licensed by Christchurch Presbytery on 21.11.1993
Ordained Assistant Minister Knox Church Christchurch ChP 3.3.1994
Hospital Chaplain Christchurch ChP Feb 1996
Minister Within the Bounds ChP 28 Feb 2004
SMITH, Rev. Elizabeth H. (Libby) BTh., Dip.Min., LTh., RN., RM.
Kurow North Otago Presbytery April 2001
Minister Emerita, Central Otago Presbytery, 20 May 2007
SMITH, Rev Ernest Robert Johnston B.A.
w Alison Mary m 18.1.1964
Theological Hall 1964-66
Ordained Malvern (Sheffield ChP) 3.2.1967
Mayfield AsP 5.12.1974
Massey-Riverhead AP 7.2.1980
Beachlands-Maraetai SAP 7.2.1991
Minister Emeritus SAP Jan 2003
Moderator of South Auckland Presbytery 2004
SMITH, Rev Frederick John
b 1.9.1899 (or 1.9.1890) Stratford
w.(?) b.(?) m. 1916 d.(?)
Formerly Manager of a grocery business in Patea; then went to Melbourne to study
for 3 years at a Training College. Served in the Salvation Army there for 2½ years in
social and slum work. He returned to NZ and served in the Salvation Army for 3 years.
Entered HM service 1922 and took the HM course.
HM Onga Onga HBP 1922
Kihi Kihi WkP 1926; Ord HM 1926
Pio Pio WkP 1930
Manurewa SAP 1934
Cheviot ChP 1940
New Brighton ChP 1946
Belfast-Styx ChP 1951 - retired 31.12.1953
Died 2.8.1968 Christchurch.
SMITH, Rev G. Clive L.Th.
Lyttelton Union ChP 2.1980 appt completed 31.1.1988
SMITH, Rev G.D.
Fr Pres Ch of Canada
Clevedon SAP SS 1965
SMITH, Sr Gladys see Smith, Ann Gladys
SMITH, Mr Horace
HM Waikawa (Niagara SP) 1916
Hindon & Lee Stream DnP stud 1917, no further mention.
SMITH, Rev Henry Alfred B.A.
Theological Hall 1950-52
Ordained Waikaka MtP 10.4.1953 - resigned 9.6.1953 and withdrew.
SMITH, Rev Howard Mitchell B.A., B.D.
w Glyn Heather b - m 14.8.1982
Theological Hall 1971-3
Ordained Limestone Plains SP 19.10.1975
Chaplain Kew Hospital Invercargill 1.7.1979 - resigned 30.9.1982
Bluff Co-op SP SS 11.3.1985
Inducted Bluff-Greenhills Co-op SP 21.7.1985
Kurow NOP 2.11.1989
Minister within the Bounds DnP May 2000
SMITH, Rev Ivan Alfred B.A., B.D.
w Elizabeth Jill m 20.1.1962
Theological Hall 1970-2
Ordained Upper Waitaki Combined Chapl (Twizel SCP) 6.2.1973
Waiono Union (Nightcaps SP) 1.9.1974 - resigned 1.8.1978 and withdrew
Honorary Assistant Waiono Union SP 11.1984
Minister within the Bounds SP Feb 2002
SMITH, Very Rev James Douglas B.A.
b 4.6.1889 Invercargill;
w Ellen (Nellie) b 2.8.1888 m 5.11.1914 d 15.8.1981
Secondary school education at Southland Boys High School Invercargill and Wellington College.
Attended Victoria College Wellington where he took the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Theological Hall 1911-13
Licensed by Wellington Presbytery
Relieved for a time at Knox Church Dunedin 1914
Waipawa HBP 13.5.1914
Chaplain to Forces NZEF 2.2.1917 to 21.6.1919
Manaia TkP 11.12.1919
Kaikorai DnP 2.6.1927 – during this time the strenuous workload during the depression years
caused a breakdown in his health.
Mt Eden AP 7.7.1938 - retired 30.11.1952
Served on Presbytery for over 30 years.
“(Rev) Smith could not bear to remain silent in the presence of falsehood, or error, or evil custom,
or hurtful institution. He spoke out fearlessly against what was foolish, hurtful or wrong. But he
was not merely negative. With unwavering courage and strong conviction he championed all that
was good and wholesome and redeeming in human endeavour.
(Rev) Smith has strong convictions, yet he was not rigid and unyielding in those convictions or
mastered by pre-conceived ideas or prejudices. He always seemed free to judge a question on its
merits, looking for the living answer to a living situation. That surely was one of the qualities that
made him so fexible in his thinking and so wise in his judegments.
(Rev) Smith had a clear, incesive, judicial mind which enabled him to make firm judegements, and to
express them strongly; but he also had a generosity of spirit, and a capacity for deep feeling, which
enabled him to understand other points of view and to speak with a gentleness and a tolerance that
added strength to the witness he gave.”
Moderator of Assembly 1947-48; prominent in Temperance Committee (also acted as Convener);
Clerk of Dunedin Presbytery for some years; he was a prominent figure in Church Courts where his
contributions were clear, concise, and powerful, conveying sound judgement. Served on the
Missions Committee and Overseas Missions Committee for 30 years.
“One of the best known and most trusted Ministers of our Church”.
Second son of the Rev John Gibson Smith. Father of the Rev Robin Gibson Smith
Died Auckland 4.12.1968
SMITH, Rev James McCosh M.A.,B.D.(Aberdeen)
b 20.2.1839 Brechin Scotland;
w J.A. b 7.4.1845 m (?) d 29.11.1936
Studied at Aberdeen University & Free Church College Aberdeen, gaining MA in 1866
and BD in 1870. Licensed by Presbytery of Brechin of FCS in 1870.
He was sent out by the Free Church Colonial Committee to Otago as Probationer in 1870
Ord Mt Ida (Naseby COP) 11.10.1870 (one record states Oct 1871) - retired 30.9.1907 - after 37 years.
After ret he was sheep farming with his family, 'but active in the service of the Kingdom'.
Moderator of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago & Southland 1887.
Died 2.5.1918 at Blackstone Hill
SMITH, Rev John Gibson
b 25.9.1862 Kilmarnock Ayrshire Scotland;
w Annie nee Gibb (sister of Dr James Gibb) b 28.5.1859 m 28.4.1887 d 22.1.1939
Educated at King's College Aberdeeny & UP Theological Hall Edinburgh;
Licensed by UP Aberdeen Presbytery 1887
Came to NZ as Probationer in 1887
Ord St Stephen's North Dunedin DnP 19 Dec 1887
First Church Invercargill SP 4.10.1894
St Andrews Wellington WnP 4.8.1903 ret 31.8.1916 ill-health
Rona Bay (Eastbourne) WnP in retirement 1917 - resigned 6.1932 - after 16 years.
Author of 'The Christ of the Cross', 'Eden and After '(theol. poem)
'A man of broad sympathies & winsome personality, he had outstanding gifts as a
preacher; master of a fine literary style with a measure of poetical genius. In the
days of his strength he occupied a distinguished place in our Church.'
Father of Rev John Douglas Smith and Grandfather of Rev Robin Gibson Smith.
Died 23.4.1933, aged 70
SMITH, Mr John Millar
b. 29.6.1851 Port Glasgow, Scotland
Came to Australia in 1857
Educated at Scotch College to 1865. Worked as an Engraver for 7 years. Assistant Secretary of
The Melbourne Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) from 1876.
Home Missionary training 1886.
Home Missionary at Colac, St Kilda, Sorrento and Drouin (under the Presb. Church of Victoria)
To New Zealand –
Applied to the Presb. Church of NZ General Assembly 1887 to be accepted as a 'student evangelist'
(Home Missionary) – agreed (in accord with regulations of the General Assembly).
Woodville student Preacher 1886
Meanee & the Spit (Napier) supply 1888 - resigned 1889
Returned to Australia –
Coolgardie, Western Australia (Home Missionary Supply) 1895 to Jan 1896
Licensed by the Presbytery of Western Australia 11.12.1895
Returned to New Zealand Jan 1896 –
Returned to Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria
Ordained Barrabool – Winchelsea 20.4.1897 to 10.8.1902
Daylesford 1902 to 1907
Morwell 1907 to 1913
Wallan 1913 to 1915
Dimboola 1915 to 1918
Woodford 1918 to 1926 – retired.
SMITH, Rev John Nicoll Angus (Jack)
b 3.11.1914 Invercargill
w Linda Ethel Roseveare b 30.12.1919 m 2.12.1941
He began working in the drapery trade.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1939-41
Licensed by Presbytery of Dunedin Oct 1941
Ord for Maori Mission work 3.2.1942
Served at Reporoa; Taupo; Te Teko 13.6.1946; Whakatane
Maori Mission Auckland 5.7.1950 - resigned from Missions 31.3.1955
Kaikorai, Dunedin DnP 31.3.1955
Tutor in Maori Language, Department of University Extension, University of Otago, 1964
Papakura East SAP 4.2.1965 - retired 30.4.1979 mainly through ill-health.
Cowra, South West Australia (supply for 3 mths while the Min was absent) 1980.
SMITH, Rev John Raymond B.A.
b 28.4.1914; unmarried
Fr Pr of Donegal - Ord 10.1942 - recommended by Tulloch Yuille.
Eltham TkP 5.5.1948 res 8.3.1953 & wthd.
SMITH, Mr John Watson B.A.
b.1858 Victoria, Australia.
Theological Hall 1888-1890
Licensed Feb 1891
Macraes Feb 1891 - Jun 1891 (no money to pay salary)
Catlins River Outfields Apr 1892 – Dec 1894
[Stations 1895 to 1899 unknown]
Wanaka COP Apr 1900 - Resigned due to a long and serious illness c.1900
Wanaka COP – (reappointed) Apr 1901 to Feb 1903
Reported 1904 : Laboured most of year, but late in year moved to Colac Bay.
Colac Bay SP 1904
Resigned HM service Sept 1904
Returned to Melbourne Australia 1916
Was an original member and Elder of Chalmers [Gaelic] Church Dunedin, gave supply for a time,
attending meetings whenever he returned to Dunedin.
Died 15 June 1928
SMITH, Rev Kenneth
Tokomairiro Co-op (Milton ClP) 2.1985
SMITH, Rev Kenneth Wilbur B.D.
Min of United Pres Ch in USA - grad of San Francisco Theol Sem 1955,
Ord Alaska. Recd by Ass 1963.
No further mention.
SMITH, Miss M.
Maori Boys Farm, Te Whaiti, Assistant 1941-43
SMITH, Mr Millar
Home Missionary Lauder COP 1882 – resigned 4 months after appointment to
Become the Secretary of the Young Men’s Christian Association, Dunedin
Returned to Australia
SMITH, Mrs M.W. see Dellow, Wynne
SMITH, Mr Peter McCallum
w Agnes b 2.11.1915 m 29.12.1951 remarried 31.7.1974
Entered Religious journalism as a boy and served county and city newspapers.
Editor of the “Motherwell Times” for 7 years.
Served as a Captain in the Middle east during World War Two.
Later on the staff of the “Scottish Daily Record” in Glasgow.
Came to NZ on appointment to “The Outlook”.
Editor of “The Outlook”, Christchurch 1.5.1957
During his Editorship of "The Outlook", it gained International recognition as a
noteworthy Religious Journal. Although he did not agree with a number of events
in the church which saddened him, he won many friends for his impartial journalism,
dedication and professionalism.
Died suddenly Christchurch 27.6.1967 in office.
SMITH, Rev Robin Gibson B.A., A.N.Z.L.A.
w Shirley Fawcett b 8.7.1924 m 24.8.1949 d. 2008
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1948-50
Ordained Associate Minister Knox Masterton Wp P 6.2.1951
Manawatu South (Shannon MnP) 15.8.1951
Mt Ida COP 1.9.1955
Hillcrest Hamilton WkP 21.7.1964 - resigned from parish ministry 30.4.1970
Honorary Assistant Minister St Andrews Hamilton 7.12.1975 - resigned 18.4.1983 and withdrew.
Minister Emeritus 4.10.1988
Son of Rev James Douglas Smith and Grandson of Rev John Gibson Smith
SMITH, Mr Ronald John B.Com., A.R.A.N.Z
Educated at Kings High School Dunedin and Otago University. A qualified Accountant.
Mission Service India – appointed as an Accountant for 3 years from 1.1.1963
To All Saints College Sydney for short training course first term 1963
Arrived in India via the “SS Stratheden” 28 June 1963
Ludhiana, Punjab 1963 as Accountant and Auditor with the Punjab Synod of the Church
of Northern India for 3 year term; term extended three months to Oct 1966.
Left India for Britain Oct 1966, Resigned 1967.
SMITH, Rev Robert Leonard
w Catherine Dalgleish b 10.2.1923 m 15.11.1947
Theological Hall 1951-53
Ordained to Youth Dept Staff, Christchurch 17.12.1953
St Aidans Christchurch ChP 8.8.1957
Takaka NMP 23.7.1963
Waverley TkP 2.7.1969
Tirau Co-op WkP 16.9.1976
Te Kuiti WkP 29.10.1981 - ret 30.11.1984 due to ill-health.
“A strong pastoral sense was the key to Bob’s ministry; he identified strongly with
the disadvantaged and the distressed, and gave himself compassionately to bringing
to such people what help and comfort he could. His time with the Youth Department
is indicative of his interest in young people that remained with him throughout his
ministry.” (from Obit.)
Died May 1998, after a long and disabling illness which he bore with great patience
SMITH, Mr S.T.
Weber HBP stud prch 1896
Fordell WgP stud prch 1898
Ormond Gisborne 1899 res 11.1899
No further mention.
SMITH, Mr T.H. & Mrs
Maori Miss - David Hogg Mem Hostel Whakatane,
Master & Matron 8.3.1962
SMITH, Rev Walter
Licensed by the Glasgow Presbytery of the Free Church of Scotland 1895
Came to New Zealand as Probationer; sailed from London 10.12.1897
Ord Ngaruawahia WkP 22.2.1898
Waikato West (Huntly) 1.6.1898 - res 1.10.1901 & returned to Scotland.
SMITH, Miss Winifred Joan Dip.H.Sc.
Turakina Maori Girls Coll, Domestic Science Mistress 1.2.1947; had to res on
Acct of ill-health; reappointed 19.4.1949;
1st Assist 1951; Matron 1.5.1955 res 31.1.1957.
SMITH, Rev Yvonne Margaret B.A., Trans.Cert.Psyche., B.D.
h Richard John Carr m 22.6.1984
Theological Hall 1983-7 (course interrupted)
Licensed Ocean View Dn 12.6.1988
Ordained Maniototo COP 9.9.1991
Sumner Redcliffs-Lyttleton Union ChP Apr 1997
Chaplain Rangi Ruru Girls, School Christchurch Feb 2001
Chairman of the Church Service Society
Member Southern Presbytery 2014
SMYTH, Rev Hugh Cecil
w Kathleen Mary b 3.9.1912 m 3.2.1945
Educated to 6th Standard and holds a British Army Certificate (2nd Class –
equivalent to 2 years high school) and a diploma from the NZ Bible Training
Institute. Has studied Commercial Bookkeeping. Had 6 years Home Missions
work with the Baptist Church but left owing to disagreement on the Baptism
question. Joined PCNZ Home Missionary service 1948
Eltham TkP (Stated Supply from 1946) 1948; Ord 25.8.1948
HM Granity-Denniston WsP 1951
Orewa NSP 1950; undertook the Theological Hall Correspondence Course 1950-
Raised to full Ministerial status Nov 1952
Mahurangi (Warkworth NSP) 10.2.1953 – appointed for 5 years.
Dargaville NP 6.2.1958
Mt Maunganui BPP 3.2.1965 - retired 30.6.1967
SMYTH, Rev John Weir B.A.(Royal Univ Irel)
w Martha E. b 14.3.1880 m 5.4.1904 d 29..10.1940
From the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, trained in Ireland; Ordained 1902;
came to NZ with his wife and family in 1915;
Received by Assembly 1915.
Greymouth WsP from 5.5.1916, Ind 7.6.1916
Tauranga BPP 10.10.1919 - resigned 12.10.1937 through ill-health.
Avondale (temporary supply) Dec 1937 to (?)
Supplied Avondale, Ellerslie, St Heliers, Tuakau, Drury, Morrinsville, as health
permitted from 1937 until he retired on 31.3.1943 (one record quotes retirement
date as 17.11.1940)
Clerk of Bay of Plenty Presbytery for many years.
'A cultured and able preacher.'
Died 19.6.1944 at Auckland.
SMYTHE, Miss E.
Vaemali Hosp, Vanuatu 1980
SNEDDON, Mrs see Simpson, Margaret
SNOWBALL, Mr A
HM Orawia (Merrivale) SP 1914 – resigned 1915
Returned to HM service 1919
Ormond, Gisborne 1919
SOLA, Rev Maua B. B.A., B.Th.
Theological Hall 1986-8
Ordained Grants Braes Union DnP 23.2.1989
Mangere PIC AP 20.8.1992
SOLOFA, Rev Va'alotu (Va’a) Filipo B.A.
w Lilian Pele m 9 February 1980
Theological Hall, 1979-1981
Ordained Pukerau, Mataura Presbytery, 27 May 1982
First Polynesian Presbyterian minister to serve in a non-Pacific church(?)
Pacific Islanders Church, Newtown, Wellington, Wellington Presbytery, 1 February 1990
Lodged Certificate, June 2000
SOLOMONA, Rev Fa'afouina Vasa BA., BD., Dip.Grad., Dip.Min.
Ordained Tahunanui MNP 11.2.1992
Lodged Certificate Feb 1997
SOLOMONA, Rev Leslie (Les) BTh.
St. Andrew’s Union Church Featherston (Half Time) WpP and
St. Andrew’s Union Church Greytown (Half Time) WpP
President of the Wairarapa District Council 2002
Hoon Hay Parish, Christchurch ChP Jan 2003
St Christopher's Seatoun / Strathmore Parish, Wellington WnP 27 Sept 2007
SOLOMONA, Rev Setu Q.S.M.
b 24.8.1924 Lotofaga, Safata, Samoa.
w Aliki m 19.3.1960
The son of a Minister in Samoa, emigrated to NZ in 1953. Employed by the Justice Dept.
Entered the Congregational College of NZ at Mt Eden,Auckland to train for Ministry 1965
Ordained at Newton Pacific Islanders Congregational Church 27.11.1968
Inducted to Pacific Islanders Church (Glen Eden, St Martins) Auckland 1968
Appointed Elder Minister (Faifeau Toeaina) responsible for care and pastoral oversight of
the West Auckland District Pulega Feb 1992 - retired 31.12.1992
Rev. Solomona was received into the PCNZ with the Congregational Church Ministers at
the General Assembly in 1969.
“The ministry of the Rev Setu Solomona was known for the establishment of a traditional
Samoan village, which helped the people to come together and also to honour their
Setu was a strong believer in the importance of culture and how it helped define identity
and place in a foreign land. He maintained strong links throughout his life in New Zealand
with the former London Missionary Society Fellowship of Samoa. He was awarded the
Queen’s Service Medal in 1988 for outstanding service top the community. (from Obit.)
Died 17.9.1993 suddenly at Apia, Western Samoa.
SOMERVILLE, Elizabeth see Nichol, Mrs Elizabeth
SOMERVILLE, Rev James Alexander M.A.
w. Agnes E Fleming b. (?) m. 2.12.1896 d.(?)
Theological Hall Dunedin 1893-95
Assistant Knox Church Dunedin DnP 11.1893 to 6.18896
Ord Waihola ClP 7.1896 - resigned early 1900 - to Scotland.
West United Free Church Scotland 1900-26
SOMERVILLE, Rev John Spencer (Jack)
C.M.G.,M.C.,M.A.,D.D.(Hon St Andrews),Ll.D.(Hon Otago)
b 7.7.1910 at Dunedin
w Janet Christine (daughter of Rev J.T. Macky) b 23.9.1930 m 29.8.1951 d 25.7.1988
Attended Anderson’s Bay School, Otago Boys High School, then studied Law
and English at the University of Otago.
Theological Hall 1935-37
Westminster College Cambridge England 1937-38
Ordained Tapanui MtP 13.12.1938
Served as an Army Chaplain in Italy from 1942 to 1946, being decorated for bravery
and earning the highest devotion and respect from “his troops”.
St Andrews Wellington WnP 7.10.1947
Master Knox College Dunedin 5.3.1964 - retired 31.1.1978
Moderator of the General Assembly 1960
Brother of Rev T.C. Somerville & of Mrs Elizabeth Nichol.
Author of “Jack in the Pulpit”.
Convener of the Public Questions Committee and appointed to the Mazengarb
Commission on Juvenile Delinquency in 1945.
Moderator of the General Assembly 1959.
Pro-Chancellor of the University of Otago 1970 to 1976
Chancellor of the University of Otago 1977 to 1982
“He never lost his interest in all kinds of education as the means by which leadership
in the community is stimulated and directed. Of University education he wrote ‘it is
centred above all on the fact that universities are for people, for understanding, for
enlightenment and for truth.’
Jack was a determined and passionate man, a man of deep loved and deeply loving,
one who knew many of his own faults, but who also knew, in his own words, ‘an
assurance that from the beginning life was a gift from God filled with the impulse to
use my gifts, such as they are, in Christ’s service’.
To the end of his life, Jack remained a stirring preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He had a deep-felt and abiding interest in people. He was the only ordained minister
in the Tapanui area, so made it his business to visit everyone in the district,
regardless of their affiliation. That interest continued throughout his life. It led him
into such people-orientated organisations as the St Martin Island Community where
his theology and his social conscience mingled.
Jack Somerville was a remarkable New Zealander, a fact rcognised by the award of
the highest exclusive honour of the Order of New Zealand.” (from Obit.)
Died 5 October 1999 at Dunedin
SOMERVILLE, Rev Thomas Cameron B.Com.,B.D.
b 7.3.1919 Dn; w Rosalie Hearn neé Young (daughter of Archd J. Young, Ang Ch)
b 1.6.1926 m 6.12.1949
He began in accountancy; then in Army, Air Force in NZ.
Hall 1947-9; St Andrews Scot
Ord Assist St Davids Ak 28.11.1950
Hillsborough AP 1.7.1953
Green Island DnP 26.6.1958
St Peters Napier 30.1.1968
Chartwell Co-op Hamilton 31.1.1979
Brother of Rev J.S. Somerville & of Mrs Elizabeth Nichol.
Died 9.3.1981 Hamilton in office
SOMERVILLE, Rev William Campbell B.Sc.,Ph.D.(Edin)
b 23.2.1907; w Edith Rose b 1.1.1906 m 15.5.1934
Min of CS Scot, Ord 1937; came fr Scot & recd by DnP 1.3.1960
Warden Arana Hall Dn 17.3.1960 res 31.10.1969 ill-health.
SOMMERVILLE, Rev Robert
b 23.2.1840 at Bankfoot, Perthshire, Scotland.
w Isabella White b. (in a tent in Wyndham St, Auckland) 28.3.1843 m. 29 Dec 1869 d.24. 9.1925
The eldest son of Thomas Sommerville, a United Presbyterian Church Minister.
Trained in Dundee as an Accountant. At 23 years of age he came to NZ on the
'Annie Wilson', arrived at Auckland 20 September 1863. On board he held a class
for boys on the ship. After his arrival he worked as a Mining Agent as well as
studying for the Ministry under the Presbytery of Auckland as from July 1865.
He was the first Presb. Church Minister to receive all his ministry training in NZ.
Whau (Avondale) Auckland AP (Student Preacher- Supply) Oct 1867 to Jan 1870 –
he resigned due to ill-health.
Devonport AP (Student Preacher - Supply) Feb 1870 to Sept 1871
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 1 Oct 1873
Ord Whau (Avondale) Auckland AP 9.2.1876
St Peters, Grey Lynn, Auckland AP 16.7.1885 - retired 9.2.1904 and became Senior
Assisted at Taylor's Church Panmure, Otara, Huia and Helensville.
Moderator of Assembly 1883; Clerk of Assembly 1880-1924; Moderator of Auckland
Presbytery 1879 and Clerk for 45 years; from 1872 he was associated with the
editorial dept of 'NZ Presbyterian Magazine', afterwards called 'NZ Church News',
also the "Southern Cross"; a member of many other Church Committees.
“He was Moderator of the Assembly in 1883, and on December 3rd 1879, was
appointed Clerk of Presbytery. The appointment was for a month, but he continued
at his post until his death. This period is a record [as at 1924] of NZ Presbyteries,
and is we understand a record for Australasia. He had qualities that enabled him to
succeed in this work. Punctuality and accuracy were illustrated by him. In addition
he had abilities for the conduct of business, and a certain native aptitude for legal
questions. He loved to see the offices of the Church upheld with dignity and
honour, and was scrupulously careful in this respect himself. Although he
cherished a veneration for the traditions of his Church, he was in cordial sympathy
with movements for progress. He had a Scotsman’s love for education, and a
Scotsman’s zeal for schools and colleges.” (from obituary)
Died 5.10.1924 at his home, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
SOPER, Rev James Ernest
(Second name changed by Deed Poll from Maxwell to Ernest)
w Alison Fay m 6.12.1980
Theological Hall 1984-5
Ordained Oxford District Union ChP 9.1.1986
St Pauls Pahiatua Union MnP 17.12.1992
Minister Emeritus Jan 2001
SORENSON, Rev Dr Christine
Miss - Tonga
Tupou Coll Tonga, teacher 1982
Stated Supply Ellerslie-St Peter's May 2009
Returned to Uniting Ch of Australia 1 Jan 2012
SOTI, Rev Keri
w Laumata m 6.2.1971
Hall 1974 (3rd yr)
Ord Assist First Ch Hamilton (Frankton) 26.2.1976
St Lukes PIC Tokoroa WkP SS 1.2.1978 res 18.8.1978 & wthd.
SOULE, Mr Merideth
HM Hikurangi NP 1906
SOUTAR, Mr Alexander Chalmers
He began work at Picton 29.6.1868 res 27.6.1869
SOUTH, Mr Moses and Mrs Emma
Came to Nuhaka from Whangape in Northland, 1908
Moses was headmaster, Nuhaka Native School - retired circa 1930
Elder, taught Sunday School, organist at Nuhaka and Morere churches every Sunday, secretary to Home Mission Station, regular laypreacher at Wharerata and other outstations.
When Moses retired from teaching Morere-Nuhaka Home Mission had no minister, and he acted as the Home Missionary, living in the manse - retired to Gisborne, 1932
Elder, Presbyterian Church, Napier
Moses South died: 4 October 1949; Emma South died: 16 October 1959
His children gave the belfry to the parish, dedicated to his memory
SOUTH, Mr J.W.
HM Wanaka COP 1903
Colac, Round Hill etc. SP 1904 till ret 1905
SOUTH, Mr M.
HM Morere-Nuhaka HBP 1931
SOWERBY, Mr Arthur Edward
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
Arthur was the 2nd of 10 children. Leaving school at 13 he worked as a farm
hand for 9 years, and then trained at the Bible Training Institute of NZ.
Joined the Home Missionary service 20.2.1938
HM Waikare (Putorino via Napier) 1938 – resigned 30.6.1940 due to ill-health.
He served as Home Missionary 1938-40 in Napier-Wairoa area, having 14
preaching places, three services a Sunday and took six Bible-in-Schools classes.
Voice problems caused him to relinquish such intense pastoral and preaching
work, and he returned to farming. Wherever he lived he served as Elder, Sunday
School Teacher, and Lay Preacher and he has preached in almost all of the
Presbyterian Churches in South Auckland. Deservedly he was elected
Moderator of the Presbytery in 1989. (from Obit.)
SPEER, Rev Thomas Alexander B.A.(Trinity Coll, Dublin)
b 6.8.1890 N Ireland
w Helen Elizabeth b 19.5.1889 m 13.8.1919 pred h.
Studied Trinity College, Dublin; then to Princeton Theological Seminary USA for post-graduate
Stud 1919; returned to Northern Ireland;
Licensed by Letterkenny Presbytery Ireland 1916
Ord 27.6.1916 by Presbytery of Tyrone Ireland
Emigrated to NZ 1925
Ind Waiuku SAP 4.3.1926
Wairoa GP 31.7.1930
Bluff SP 12.10.1932
Waihi WkP 2.3.1939
Fordell WgP 14.12.1943
Takapau HBP 25.11.1953 - retired 30.4.1956
Died 21.6.1968 Wanganui
SPENCE, Alison see Spence, Jane Annie
SPENCE, Rev Bruce Alister B.A.
w Marjorie Sarah m 18.12.1954
Theological Hall 1962-64
Ordained Reefton-Totara Flat WsP 19.5.1965 - resigned 31.1.1975
To Australia - Chaplain ITIM
Nelson 23.3.1982 (Area Co-ordinator) – resigned 30.5.1988 - to Australia.
Minister Emeritus Dec 1998
SPENCE, Rev George Archibald Douglas M.C.,C.F., O.B.E.
b 8 February 1901 Feilding
w Janet May nee Geddes (Jean) b 2 September 1901m 20 April 1927
After leaving school he worked in his Father's drapery business and represented Manawatu as a
Founding member of the Feilding Interdenominational Bible Class 1920
A lay preacher, and influenced by Rev. George Budd, decided to study for ministry.
Home Missionary Rewa Wanganui Presbytery 1927
Auckland University College 1928
Sawyers Bay Dunedin Presbytery 1931-1933 (including part of period while in Hall)
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1932-1934
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 24 October 1934
Ordained Knox Parnell Auckland Presbytery 22 November 1934 - resigned 18 February 1940
Chaplain 2nd NZEF during World War Two; Senior Chaplain 1944 (wife in Red Cross, in Egypt)
Awarded the Military Cross “A well deserved tribute to courage and devotion to duty”.
Seatoun Wellington Presbytery 26 April 1946
Mornington Dunedin DnP 29 November 1951 retired 31 March 1966
In retirement he supplied some months at St Anselms Karori and Trentham; then part-time
Assistant Minister Knox Church Lower Hutt for 5 years.
Died 10 January 1974 at home in Lower Hutt
A memorial booklet Bene Amatus was published privately after his death by his wife.
SPENCE, Jane Annie (known as Sr Alison)
b 15.7.1879 at (Saddle Hill ?), Dunedin.
Grew up at Saddle Hill and attended East Taieri School. In 1895, at age 16, she moved
to Leedstown. During her time here time she was influenced by the evangelical fervour
of her local Minister the Rev David Gordon and by the work of the local Presbyterian
Womens Missionary Union. She later moved to Wanganui where she gained
Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute Dunedin 1905-06
Received by the PCNZ General Assembly as a Deaconess Nov 1906
Ordained as a Deaconess in Turakina Church on 15.12.1906 to assist Rev H.J. Fletcher
at Taupo where she started on 30.1.1907
She was the first member of the Deaconess Order to be appointed as a Missionary to
the Maori. She herself chose to be known as Sr Alison.
Taupo 30.1.1907 – to assist the Rev HJ Fletcher. Initially much of her time was spent
learning Maori language and customs, and in Biblical studies.
Oranui Aug 1907
Tiroa, Taumarunui Oct 1908 -. Sr Alison worked long hours, and visited such places
Waimahi, Porootaroa and Mangapehi. Her Mother lived with her from Dec 1907 (died
at Taumarunui 4.7.1914).
She resigned early in 1910 officially for health reasons and applied on 28.2.1910 for the
sole teaching position at the new Waimana Native School. She was accepted despite
her lack of training. She lived at Taumarunui and travelled from there out of consideration
to her frail Mother.
Resigned her position on 5 March 1912 although she continued working until June.
Re-appointed to Maori Mission staff in 1912.
Taumarunui 1912 – to support the Rev JE Ward.
Sr Alison’s work again took up long hours; preaching, taking Sunday School lessons,
leading home Bible study lessons, supplemented by nursing, midwifery, and teaching
domestic skills along with the occasional trip away on Church business.
In Nov 1921, she attended the first Conference of Women in the employment of the
Church which was held in Dunedin. Undertook some relieving Teacher work at Ngapuke
and PungaPunga Schools.
Retired 30.8.1939; but at the Mission Committees request she continued with her work
with children at Taumarunui, and in the Child Welfare Dept and Social Service work.
Continued conducting Sunday School, visiting homes, giving instruction in cooking,
sewing, and infant care; continued part-time until 1946.
Moved to Taupo in 1947.
Suffereing ill-health and no longer able to adequately look after herself, she was admitted
to the Elizabeth Memorial Home in Wellington on 22 Oct 1959 then 3 months later to
Porirua Hospital, becoming known to the staff as “Granny”.
“She developed a fitness that stayed with her into old age, maintained by bush walking
and mountain climbing. But she always had her gray and black uniform on. It was all she
ever wore in public, and it was all she had when she arrived at hospital at 80”.
Died 8.8.1965 at Porirua Hospital.
SPENCE, Rev Jacob Urwin
b 15 November 1844
w (1) Mary Spence b(?) m(?) d November 1902, aged 55 years, interred 29 November 1902 at Clinton Cemetery
w (2) Emily b 19 March 1868 m 24 December 1903 d 10 November 1935
Educated at Galsgow University and Free Church College Glasgow.
Came as Student Missionary, 1877 (Probationer)
Licensed by Hawkes Bay Presbytery
Supplied at Napier during Rev Sidey's absence, 1877
Ordained Waipawa Student Preacher, Hawkes Bay Presbytery October 1878
Granted full status as Minister, 17 March 1880
Clinton, Clutha Presbytery, 10 November 1880
Chalmers Church, Dunedin Presbytery, 1 August 1900
Picton, Nelson Marlborough Presbytery, July 1903
Waihola, Clutha Presbytery, 1907 - retired 30 September 1912
After retirement became official visitor to Dunedin Hospitals under the PSSA.
Moderator of the Presbyerian Synod of Otago & Southland 1900, and signed agreement for Union 1901.
Died 13 December 1924
SPENCE, Miss Lorna Margaret
Deac Otago PSSA fr 13.10.1941
Deac Chch PSSA
Served in various capacities fr 13.10.1941 till 1.7.1952
(except 1944-6) ret 31.3.1968
SPENCE, Rev Russell Birrell M.A.
b 13.3.1903; w Janet Howison b 11.10.1912 m 13.6.1936
Hall 1932-3 & 1935; allowed to return to Univ for 1934.
Ord Matawhero Gisborne 19.11.1935
Dannevirke HBP 29.8.1940
Chapl 2NZEF 1941-5
He was on leave fr parish while Chapl, & returned to Dannevirke late 1945;
pastoral tie dissolved 28.7.1948 & res fr min.
SPENCE, Rev William
b 25.9.1868 at Bimbister, Parish of Harray, Orkney, Scotland 25.9.1868
w. Elizabeth Emily Beatrice McClure b. 10.10.1878 at Sefton NZ m. (?)
d. 7.11.1958 at Gosford, NSW, Australia.
From 5 years of age attended the local Free Church School. Thereafter attended the new
Education Dept. School. Left school after his 11th year to go into service.
Obtained a position for 6 months in 1879 as boy to do odd jobs at the Established (Church of
Scotland) Church manse. Thereafter took work as a farm and harvest hand in the area at a wage
of £6 per annum, later rising to £8 per annum. Latterly worked on his Grandfather’s farm until
the latter’s death in 1886 whereupon he worked it for another year so that the estate could be
wound up to greater advantage.
Entered the communicant membership of the local Free Church in 1885.
At age 18, decided to go to New Zealand as an assisted immigrant, being nominated by his Aunt
(who was already in New Zealand) and who also paid his passage money of £10 Unfortunately,
the sudden death of his Father in June 1887 in his 45th year delayed his departure for a few months.
Left Orkney 20th Dec 1887, and embarked from Plymouth on the ‘RMS Ionic’ for New Zealand
via Cape Town on the 31st December 1887, arriving some 7 weeks later at Auckland.
Worked variously as a farmhand and in commercial work at various locations.
While at Waimate, taught Sunday School along with acting as Bible Class Secretary, and later took
charge of the small Sunday School at Waituna.
Went to University in Dunedin to sit for his matriculation under the oversight of the Theological
Hall Committee. Took Summer preaching work, initially at the Home Mission station of
Foxton-Shannon, but also undertook work at Woodville for some time which was a sanctioned
charge. His return to University delayed for financial reasons.
Otago University from April 1896.
HM Reefton Student Preacher WsP late 1896 to April 1898 (stayed on longer due to financial considerations)
Otago University from April 1898 to complete his Arts Course.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1899 and 1901
Ormond HBP Student Supply late 1899 to Feb 1901 Took Hall course extra-murally for one year.
Returned to Theological Hall for final year 1901.
Licensed by the Presbytery of Christchurch Aug 1901, followed by 10 weeks of probation.
Ord Cust ChP 30.10.1902
Lincoln ChP 10.10.1905
West Taieri DnP 5.8.1909 - resigned Sept 1915 & went to Australia –
Moree Ind 26.7.1917 [or 2.5.1916?] – resigned 1921
Resigned from service of NZ Church 31.3.1917 & withdrew.
St Andrew’s Singleton Victoria Ind. 6.12.1921 - retired 31st Oct 1927
Retired to Northwood
Died in Australia (post 1939)
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