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Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
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WILLETTS, Miss Inez (Mrs Morgan)
Maori Missionary - before going to Presbyterian Women's Training Institute, she spent some
time working at Maungapohatu in an unofficial capacity (Rep 1936).
PWTI Dunedin 1934-35 (her course was delayed by ill-health).
Maungapohatu 13.6.1936 to 1938 (& further ?)
Rangiahua - Govt teacher; Rep: she did faithful work in the pah, as colleague
with Miss Harlow, 1919-24.
WILLIAMS, Miss B.
Maori Miss - Kawerau
Waimana Miss School, Assist Teacher 27.5.1946
Tokaanu temp position 1947
WILLIAMS, Rev David Noel B.A., B.D., M.Ed., Dip.Th.
w Dorothy Jean m 12.5.1979
BTI (Henderson) 1975-1978
Youth Director St Heliers 1979-1980
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1981-83
Licensed ST Heliers
Ordained Assistant Minister Pakuranga AP 12.2.1984
Chaplain St Kentigern’s College Auckland 1.3.1987
Principal St. Kernigen’s College Auckland AP Jun 1997
Lodged Certificate AP Apr 2002
Executive Headmaster Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange, NSW, Australia
Assistant Principal Dilworth School, Auckland - Head of Pastoral Care 8.2007
Son of Rev NC Williams
WILLIAMS, Rev Earle
Pukaki Co-op DnP 1.2.1994
WILLIAMS, Rev Ellis Llewellyn B.A.
w Blodwen b 15.9.1888 m 30.7.1913 d (?)
From New York, USA
Chalmers Timaru 23.11.1933 - resigned 8.1.1938 and returned to the USA.
WILLIAMS, Rev Evelyn May B.A.,L.Th.,Dip.Tchg.
h. Stuart Williams m.1957
Brought up in Wanganui then after marriage lived in Johnsonville.
Taught in Fiji and at Taita Intermediate School (Hutt Valley) and Viard College (Porirua).
Studies for the Licentiate of Theology from St John’s College, Auckland and then
applied for entrance into the Presbyterian ministry. In this respect she was a real trail
blazer, as this was not the normal past; but special and developing forms of ministry
were gaining acceptance at this time, and when St Martin’s Presb. Church in Porirua
offered her the 3 year “Perry Memorial Ministry” in Christian Education, she was
licensed and ordained in 1979.
Ord St Martins Porirua East WnP 12.2.1981 - resigned 31.1.1984
Then listed as Min within bounds WnP
At St Martin’s, Evelyn task was Christian growth for adults and children amongst the
Churches of the Porirua agreement, and in her community ministry.
In 1989 Evelyn took over the work of Coordinator of the Cannon’s Creek Opportunity
‘Evelyn’s spiritual journey led her to break new ground theologically as well as in
ministry. Her services of worship, preaching and teaching had always made people
sit up and think; she was known for treading on toes and awakening minds and hearts.
In her search for the good and for the truth, she encountered the forces of evil and
destruction, yet she continued her search with courage and determination. She came
to know that the spirit of good in the universe (call it God) not only longs to live, but
does give whether or not people acknowledge such giving; and that God is able to
give fully to those who are open to his good. Evelyn’s own ministry of caring for,
enlightening, and empowering a wide range of people and groups became a testimony
of integrirty for ten years in that community setting; a legacy which will continue in
the work of the Centre and the lives of the many she touched. As one who worked
with her said ‘she created a place where people learn to stand tall in who they are,
where no-one does for them but where someone will stand beside them, whatever
their circumstances…And that it (this place) was a good place because it was God’s
place’ ”. (from Obit.)
Died 12 Aug 1999, at home in Porirua only a few months after her retirement.
WILLIAMS, Rev Henry
b 23.3.1858; w Martha b 11.5.1873 m 29.12.1897 d 15.8.1963
He was born near Bangor, Wales. Until he left school he knew Welsh only.
As aspiring to become a teacher, he found it essential to know English, which he acquired in a short time.
Studied at Aberystwyth University Wales.
He belonged to the Calvinistic Methodist Church in Wales, and while a teacher did some local preaching.
Licensed by the primitive Methodist Church 1890
He left for NZ in 1890, and after some study entered the ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church.
Ordained 1894 (one record states Jan 1895)
He served in several congregations. His old Church (Calvinistic Methodist) in Wales was Presbyterian in
creed and polity, and so in 1903 he applied to be received into the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.
In 1904 he was admitted as Minister in full standing, provided he did 1 year probation. He did the
probation at Glen Murray HM station, and was therefore in full standing from 30.6.1905.
He had been Ord in 1894.
HM Glen Murray 1904 - probation
Ind Patearoa-Waipiata COP 10.10.1905
Waiwera-Clydevale ClP 15.2.1907 - retired 30.6.1919 owing to eye trouble.
'He was genial, kind, and sympathetic.'
Died 1.12.1927 at Dunedin.
WILLIAMS, Rev Henry Pritchard [Pritchard-Williams] B.A.(Wales)
w Mary Anne b 18.7.1900 m 25.2.1928 Predeceased him.
From Church of Scotland, Ord 1927; arr in NZ 11.1950
Ind Pt Chevalier AP 30.11.1950; also Chapl at Avondale Hosp.
St Andrew's Te Kuiti WkP 15.9.1954
During his Ministry it was one of the first Parishes to have a Stewardship Programme
Undertook Chaplaincy work at Auckland Mental Hospital to Aug 1954
PSSA Hospital Chaplain Auckland 3.12.1959 - retired 31.12.1968
Before coming to NZ he had been a Church of Scotland Misionary in India;
also a Chaplain in the British Army.
"In the leading of public worship, Mr Williams brought dignity and form to the service , and his scholarship and careful
preparation were minifest in his preaching and teaching. As a faithful Pastor, his help given to those in need and
sickness was well appreciated. Not given to much over-speaking in Presbytery meetings, Mr Williams was nevertheless
faithful in attendance and he participated in Presbytery Committee deliberations with an energetic mind.
Mrs Williams ably guided the work of the women's organisations in the parish and organised and commenced Sunday
Schools at Kopaki and Rangitoto. A Girls' Auxiliary was also inaugurated in St Sndrew's through her initiative.
President of the Auckland Welsh Society.
Died 15.10.1979, aged 78
WILLIAMS, Mr James
HM came from Tasmania to NZ 1913.
HM Gisborne Outfields 1913
Opotiki Outfields 1916 res fr HM serv 1917 to serve in the Army.
WILLIAMS, Rev Kenneth 'Ken' Burton B.Ed., B.Min., Dip.Theol.
Associate Minister, Wairau Parish, Blenheim Nelson Marlborough Presbytery, April 2000
Senior Minister, Wairau Parish, Nelson Marlborough Presbytery, 8 February 2005
Other Recognised Minister serving in Vanuatu, Nelson Marlborough Presbytery, 2010
Associate Minister, Calvin, Gore, February 2011
WILLIAMS, Rev Martin
Local Ordained Minister Probationer, Tokomairiro Co-operating Parish, Clutha Presbytery, 27 January 2008
WILLIAMS, Rev Noel Charles B.A.
b 26.10.1920 Grey Lynn Auckland
w Aldwyth Holmes b 23.12.1918 m 4.12.1948
He served in Army in NZ during World War Two.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1946-48
Licensed by Presbytery of Auckland 17.11.1948
Ord Wakari, Dunedin DnP 16.12.1948
Paterangi WkP 5.6.1953
St Johns Whangarei NP 20.11.1958
St Pauls Wanganui WgP 2.9.1965
St Heliers, Auckland AP 17.6.1971 - soon after his arrival at St Heliers he had surgery for
a serious medical condition.
Father of Rev DN Williams
Died 4.9.1974 in very distressing circumstances, in office, at St Heliers.
WILLIAMS, Mr Peter & Mrs Mary
Missionaries –to Solomon Islands, - from Wellington.
Mary a Teacher at Helena Goldie College, Munda; Peter as Administrator at Tabaka Youth
Training Centre; Solomon Islands 1992-
WILLIAMSON, Rev Robert
b. Clyde, Central Otago 17.9.1873
w. (?) b. (?) m. (?) d. (?) She trained as a Nurse at Otaki.
Robert was brought up at Nevis, a coal and gold mining town where his Father owned a
gold dredge. With support from his Mother, he attended educational and music courses
which were organised in the district. He excelled in music, dancing, and oil painting.
With no chance of attending any School or University, he achieved his educational
qualifications with the Dunedin School of Correspondence including private tuition for
To please his Father, who wished him to take a practical education, he also passed his 1st
and 2nd grade Stationery Engine Drivers certificates for operating a gold dredge.
Brought up by his Mother as a Christian, he then arranged a position as a Home Missionary
for the PCNZ, also marrying at this time.
HM Ross WsP (1 year & 5 months) 1902 - resigned 1903
Toko TkP (6 months) 1913 - resigned 1914
Tokomaru Bay GP (3 years & 5 months) 1915
Ordained as a Home Missionary after taking part of the Home Mission Course 1915
Morere HBP (2 years & 6 months) 1918
Rewa WgP (3 years) 1921
Coromandel (3 years) WkP 1924
Shannon MnP 1927-30
Died 8 Nov 1931 in office
WILLIAMSON, Rev William (Bill) Thompson
b 26.3.1918 England
w Mary McGregor b 24.7.1923 m 6.11.1952
He came to NZ at an early age with his parents. Educated in Dunedin then worked in
an office until war service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Pacific.
Worked in a law office before attending the University of Otago and entering the Hall.
Theological Hall 1950-52
Ordained West Taieri DnP 10.12.1952
Caversham Dunedin DnP 26.5.1964 - retired 31.1.1984
In retirement served as relieving Minister at Alexandra, Lawrence, Sterling-Kaitangata
and interim Moderator for St Clair Parish Dunedin.
“His full-time ministry was served in the Dunedin Presbytery, of which he was twice
Moderator. He also served as Moderator of the Synod of Otago and Southland.
While stationed at West Taieri/Outram, he retained his link with the RNZAF by serving
as part-time Chaplain to the Air Force station at Taieri. He also joined the local Volunteer
Fire Brigade and Lodge Outram. Throughout his Ministry Bill continued his association
with Freemasonry and the RSA, being for many years Chaplain to the Montecillo Home
Essentially a very modest and self-effacing man, Bill was nevertheless a bold and fearless
preacher who frimly believed that the pulpit was for the proclamation of the Word of God.
His preparation was meticulous and this, coupled with his outstanding liturgical skill
resulted in the conduct of very satisfying church services. To him ministry was his
vocation which could not be confined to regular hours. Bill’s absolute integrity and
compassion endeared him to many, both within and beyond the church” (From Obit)
Died 6.2.1993 Mosgiel
WILLISCROFT, Rev Brian Phillip QSO., B.A., Dip.Th.
w Noeleen m 16.1.1960
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1962-64
Licensed as Probationer by Presbytery of Auckland 10.12.1964
Ordained Takapau-Norsewood HBP 11.2.1965
Otorohanga WkP 30.7.1970
Brockville-Half Way Bush (W Dn Union) 12.2.1976
St Andrews Levin MnP 30.1.1983
First Church Invercargill SP 15.9.1991
Minister Emeritus Nov 2000
Moderator of the Synod of Otago & Southland 2000
Convener of the Administration and Finance Policy Group of the Council of Assembly to 2004
WILLITTS, Rev Marcus Richardson BA.
w Joyce Lilian Willitts b 21.4.1925 m 12.3.1949 d 15.5.2002 at Masterton
Home Missionary Normanby TkP 25.7.1956
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1961-64 (He had to repeat 1st year - results still unsatisfactory.)
Rep 1963 - he was to be helped to find another occupation.
HM Lumsden-Kingston (Stated Supply) SP 2½ years from late 1964
Parish work in Lumsden-Kingston and elsewhere during 1965-66 while undertaking
additional Theological studies under the oversight of Southland Presbytery as per
an Assembly resolution of 1963, to be re-accessed by Assembly in 1966.
Received by Assembly 1966 as Probationer for ministry.
Ordained Lumsden-Kingston SP 15.12.1966
Wairau Blenheim NMP 11.6.1968
Secretary Leprosy Mission Dunedin 20.11.1974 - retired 31.10.1980 due to ill-health.
Minister Emeritus Oct 1980
Died 8 July 2005 at Blenheim
WILLOUGHBY, Rev Alfred William
b 12.1.1910 at Palmerston North
w Helen Muriel Dunn b 29.10.1918 m 30.10.1943 d 1990
Educated at Grafton Primary School Auckland and Auckland Grammar School.
Worked in a Chemist’s shop then in Smith and Caughey’s Department Store until
he lost his job because of the Depression. Eventually finding work in insurance,
he became District Superintendent for Provident Life Insurance in Southland.
Felt the call to ministry.
Student Home Missionary at Otakia, South Taieri 22.2.1944 to 1.2.1946 while
studying for the ministry.
Theological Hall 1945-47
Ordained Becks-Lauder (Omakau COP) 10.12.1947
Roseneath, Wellington WnP 23.8.1951
Mayfield AsP 23.5.1957
Christchurch North ChP 12.4.1962
Bluff SP 30.9.1965
Limestone Plains SP 14.10.1969 - retired 31.1.1975
In retirement at Blenheim he helped in St Andrew’s Parish as a hospital visitor
and acted as unofficial Chaplain to Bursill Home.
Died 13 Sept 2001 at Blenheim.
WILLS, Rev William
w Lucy Ann b 29.9.1874 m 24.4.1902 d 18.8.1956
HM Little River ChP 1903, Ord HM 1904
Motukarara ChP 1905
Hinds AsP 1910
Cheviot ChP 1911
Scargill ChP 1912
Sefton ChP 1918
Died 15.11.1918 in flu epidemic of 1918-19.
WILLSMAN, Rev Peter Humphrey B.A., Q.S.M.
wife: Beryl, married 29 January 1967
Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1967-1969
Ordained, Mataura, Mataura Presbytery, 5 February 1970
East Taieri, Dunedin Presbytery, 8 September 1977
Moderator, General Assembly, 1996
Minister Emeritus, Queenstown, August 2001
Founding chairman, Wakatipu Wilding Pine Control Group
Queens Service Medal in New Years Honours for services to conservation and Queenstown-Wakatipu
Maori Mission - Nurse
Assistant Matron, Nuhaka Hospital April 1922
WILSON, Mr A.
fr PCI, arr NZ 1878 as stud
Waipukurau HBP 1879 - ret fr Ch work 1880
WILSON, Rev. Andrew Gordon
b. 1885 at Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.
w.(?) b.(?) m. 1910 at Canton d.(?)
A Wesleyan from Victoria, Australia. He was a qualified Architect who left a lucrative
position in Australia to enter Missionary work. He held the position of General Manager
of the Medical Missionary Society’s Hospital in Canton from approx. 1908 until 1913
when the position ended. After furlough in Australia in 1913-14, he arrived back in Canton
on 31.8.1914, and was then employed by our Mission (after being recommended by Rev
GH McNeur) as Architect and Building Supervisor to oversee the design, construction
and maintenance of our new Mission Hospital, residences and School at Kong Chuen.
He proved of very great service to the Mission; his contract was extended twice and then
he was put on the permanent staff in 1919 as Treasurer and Building Supervisor.
After 11 years he resigned on 31.12.1925 and returned to Australia with his wife and children.
He again assisted the South China Mission in 1938 by drawing up plans for a Nurse’s Home
at Kong Chuen.
Trained for the Presbyterian Ministry in Australia (Presumably at Ormond College, Melbourne)
Ordained Woomelang (Presb. Church of Victoria) 1934
Died 2 January 1965 at Coburg.
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WILSON, Sr Anna L.
Deac of CS; to NZ & recd as Deac on 28.11.1924
Otira Line 1924 res 1927 - she was compelled to res through ill-health .
WILSON, Mr Arthur
Arrived from Melbourne 1890’s. Worked at Bible & Tract Book Depot.
Sunday School Union Bookshop, Auckland, 1913
Manager presbyterian bookshop, Christchurch 1925 to 1937.
WILSON, Rev Bryan Cleland BA
born 19 November 1927
w Moreen Betty Gibbs m 6 February 1954
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1953-1955
Licensed as Probationer by Presbytery of Auckland 22 November 1955
Ordained Eketahuna-Pongaroa WpP 13 December 1955
St Columba Tauranga BPP 5 December 1960
Paraparaumu WnP 26 September 1968
St Andrews Blenheim NMP 16 December 1975
St Johns Mt Roskill, Auckland AP 2 December 1982 - retired 31 January 1988
Minister Emeritus August 1988
died 24 September 2010
WILSON, Rev Challis Rudd B.A.
w Margaret (Peggy) Mary (Thornhill ?) Dyson b 1.2.1919 m 30.1.1947
After losing his parents, he had only two years of Secondary education. His first job
was driving a six-horse team. Left with the 9th Reinforcements to serve in Italy with the
6th Field Ambulance during the Battle for Casino.
Returned to NZ and studied for his BA at Canterbury University before entering the Hall.
Theological Hall 1949-51
Licensed by Presbytery of Dunedin 1951
Ordained Lumsden (Taringatura SP) 19.12.1951 – This extended rural Parish included
Garston, Athol, Kingston, Five Rivers, Te Anau, Manapouri, and Milford Sound.
Waikari ChP 6.12.1956
Orewa NSP 23.5.1963
Blockhouse Bay, Auckland AP 31.8.1967 - retired 30.6.1983
In retirement served as Chaplain at the Whenuapai Air Force Base and at the Lady Allum
Home and Hospital.
“He was a caring Pastor, fine Preacher and undertook his ministry in a disciplined way.”
Died 28.7.1992 at Mt Maunganui
WILSON, Rev David Joseph B.A.
b 20.3.1928 Flag Swamp, North Otago
w Florence Cecilia b 28.2.1929 m 13.12.1958
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1954-56
Ggranted a scholarship to Austin Theological Seminary in Texas, to study Religious
Education and Pastoral Counselling.
Ordained St Stephens Invercargill SP 29.10.1959
St Lukes Waiwhetu WnP 11.11.1965 - resigned 17.9.1967 due to his wife's health.
For the rest of his ministry David developed new and caring forms of community
Corstorphine-Concord Union DnP 7.7.1971 - resigned 31.12.1977
Chaplain to Unemployed Youth, First Church Dunedin DnP 22.7.1979 - retired 31.3.1984
As a Chaplain to the Unemployed youth he showed his ability to work
alongside the disadvantaged, arranging work schemes and offering support.
From 1984 to 1994 he went on to develop a unique ministry on St Martins Island in
Otago Harbour. As Warden he brought together his farm skills,his love of people,
and his infinite patience with the broken in mind and body, also his love of nature
and a deep spirituality, expressed in his wood-carving and his earthly liturgies.
Shortly before his death he made a tour of religious communities in Europe, and
returned with a renewed vision of St Martins Island as a spiritual centre.
[From Memorial Minute]
Brother of Rev TC Wilson.
WILSON, Rev Donald (Don) Rutherford B.A., B.D.
w Nancy Rose m 26.9.1959
Canterbury University 1949-51 - then taught Timaru Boys High School 1952;
Went overseas and studied urban evangelism at Bossey, Switzerland, and at Iona,
Ordained Baptist Church Miramar Wellington 1957
Baptist Church Balclutha
Chaplain Canterbury University Christchurch 2.1961
Received from Baptist Church as Minister into PCNZ by 1968 Assembly.
St Margarets Christchurch 6.2.1969 - resigned 15.3.1973
Warden Carrington Hall Dunedin 4.1973 - resigned 19.5.1974
Principal, University Hall Christchurch l 12.1974 and withdrew.
Minister Emeritus Jan 1996 Amberley
Died 23 May 2014 in Christchurch after being hit by a van
WILSON, Rev Dugald Eric John BArch., BD.
wife: Janet Ann Dunn, married: 19 January 1985
Theological Hall 1982-1984
Ordained Assistant Minister, St David's, Palmerston North, 17 February 1985
St Paul's, Ashburton, 7 February 1988
Avonhead / Upper Riccarton-St.Mark's Church, Christchurch Presbytery, April 2000
Other recognised ministry, Alpine Presbytery, 22 November 2015
Stated supply minister, St Martins Presbyterian Parish, Alpine Presbytery, 31 July 2016
Son of Rev Ian Wilson, and nephew of Miss N. E. Wilson.
WILSON, Sr Flora McDonald B.A., M.A.(Hons)
b Petone 3.11.1905. Educated at Petone District High School, Wellington Girls’
College, Victoria & Canterbury Universities, and the Wellington Teachers’
Training College. Matriculated in 1922 and was Dux of Wellington Girls’ College.
She took her M.A. degree with 2nd Class Honours and her “B” Teachers’ Certificate,
becoming a Secondary School Teacher, her speciality being mathematics.
Took a shortened course at the PWTI.
Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute (PWTI) Dunedin 1935-37
Accepted for Mission service in the Canton Villages Mission (CVM) as an
Evangelistic Worker qualified to teach 1936
Ordained Missionary for CVM 1937, arrived China 1.1.1938
Language study on Cheung Chau Island (with Sr Annie Lilburne) 1938
Later stationed at the Kong Cheun Mission Compound near Canton.
Interned in Internment Camp, Honam Island, Canton 25.2.1943
Arrived NZ 23.12.1945 after release from Internment Camp.
Departed NZ for South China Mission 14.2.1947, arrived China 3.5.1947
Taught at the Tak Kei Girls’ Boarding School & Junior Middle School, Kong
Chuen 1949 – took place of Miss Yansen who retired. After the removal of
English from the curriculum, she taught arithmetic and handwork. Extra curricular
activities included a few English classes, helping with the Sunday School,
morning prayers, and the “Spreading the Light” club. Lead one of the weekly
Bible Classes for nursing students and was on the rota for preaching at the
Hospital’s Sunday evening services. She was one of the few foreigners to master
the abacus and used it to teach Primary School children.
Arrived Hong Kong 12.4.1951 after all Missionaries were required to leave Communist China.
Arrived back in NZ 27.4.1951
Obtained a temporary appointment to a Chinese School at Suva Fiji 1.9.1951 – returned to
NZ at end of 1951.
Returned to NZ to care for her elderly parents in 1952 and resigned from Missions service
effective 30.4.1953 – accepted with regret.
Congregational Deaconess St Pauls Napier (part-time) 1952 - resigned 10.11.1960
Appointed to Hong Kong for short term 15.8.1963
Teacher at the new Hoh Fuk Tong College, New Territories, Hong Kong 1964 - retired 1971
Arrived Auckland NZ 20.9.1971
Off Misssions staff 31.3.1972
Secretary of the National Busy Bee Committee late 1970’s and taught in the “Bible in Schools”
programme. After her return from Homg Kong she assisted with classes at the newly
established Hawkes Bay Polytechnic, using her expert knowledge of the Chinese language
and its dialects to assist young Chinese students. She also spent a considerable amount of
time helping new arrivals and their families from a number of Asian countries, to adjust to their
In her eighties she found that because of some memory loss that she needed to go into care.
Died 4.11.1988 Woburn Home Lower Hutt.
WILSON, Rev Fred H.
From the USA, United Presbyterian Church in the USA; has served in Ministry in the USA,
and in the Mission field.
Received by the General Assembly into the Ministry of the Presb. Church of NZ 1966.
No further reference.
WILSON, Rev Ian Bendall B.A.
w (1) Elsie Catherine Cecil b 26.9.1910 m 12.3.1942 d 2.6.1982
w (2) Elizabeth b - m 11.6.1983
Theological Hall Dunedin 1938-40
Ordained Hanmer Springs ChP 21.2.1941
Seacliff-Warrington DnP 21.11.1946
Queenstown COP 2.12.1948 (This was the only parish and period when he was not
involved in Hospital Chaplaincy work)
Hanmer Springs ChP 5.2.1953
Hospital Chaplain Christchurch 28.10.1954
Hospital Chaplain Dunedin 8.2.1961
Hospital Chaplain Christchurch 24.10.1968- retired 5.10.1974 due to ill-health.
His work was mostly in Hospitals, even before his appointment as a Hospital Chaplain.
Father of Rev Dugald Wilson.
Died 28.6.1983 Wellington, aged 70.
WILSON, Sr Iris Rosalie (Sr Iris)
b 21.6.1902 Petone
PWTI Dn 1929-31
Ord Deac Youth Worker & Youth Sec Chch 1832-40,
Ord Deac 13.7.1935
Deac St Andrews Palmerston Nth 1941
Youth Worker part-time 5.1943
Acting Youth Sec Chch 24.1.1945 to 12.1950
Assist Supervisor Otago & Southland Branch, NZ Council for Chr
Cong Deac St Pauls Chch 8.1953
Died 28.9.1955 in office
WILSON, Rev James
fr FC Scot, arr 1875 as prob
Ord Lincoln-Prebbleton ChP 1.9.1875 res 12.10.1876
WILSON, Rev James M.A.
b 15.8.1865 Fifeshire Scot;
w Jane S. b 14.2.1871 m 16.2.1903 d 31.3.1963
Educ Edin Univ, St Andrews Univ, UP Divinity Hall Edin; he
served at Bellshill Lanarkshire 1 yr; Windmill Hill, Northumberland
5 yrs; came to NZ end 1901; recd 17.11.1902 as prob.
Reefton WsP supply 1902, 6 mths.
Ord Queenstown COP 28.1.1903
Mayfield AsP 22.12.1908
Turakina WgP 10.2.1914
Waitati (Blueskin & Merton DnP) 23.7.1925 ret 31.10.1930 -
ret to Lower Hutt. Father of Rev M.W. Wilson.
'He was a man of strong convictions, but of a kindly disposition. He excelled as
a pastor & was always a welcome visitor in the homes of his people. A good
minister of Jesus Christ.'
Died 24.8.1936 Wn
WILSON, Rev James Duncan McLennan E.D.
b 14.3.1882 at Dunedin, son of James Campbell Wilson & Annie Paterson Wilson;
w Mabel Cooke (Sister of Sr AM Cooke) b 16.4.1878 m 14.3.1912 d 25.2.1969
At first he worked in Dunedin, then went to Otago University.
Theological Hall 1909-11
Ordained Weston NOP 11.1.1912
Chaplain NZEF, war service 9.6.1916 to 27.2.1919 - in England, Greece, Middle East.
Chaplain at Trentham Military Camp NZ, Apr 1919 to Aug 1919.
Waimate SCP 28.8.1919
St Andrews New Plymouth 10.3.1926 - retired 31.5.1945
Nephew of Mr John Reid Wilson.
Died 24.11.1966, knocked down by a vehicle during the 1966 General Assembly.
WILSON, Rev James Henry
b. 1.3.1897 (or 2.3.1897) Northern Ireland
w Mary Martha (May) b 13.11.1899 m 6.3.1944 d 6.1975
Undertook HM work for the Presbyterian Church of Ireland Belfast City
Mission for 3½ years; then to NZ.
Joined the PCNZ Home Missions service 1920 – resigned 20.11.1928
Served as HM in Canada :
Ordained as HM by the Presb. Church of Canada, Manitoba, Canada, 10.4.1932
HM Aria WkP 1932 (1 year)
Matangi (?) 1934
Waikato East (3 years)
Palmerston North Outfields (3 years)
New Plymouth Suburbs (8 months)
Returned to Canada - Toronto and Vancouver; later he spent some years in Australia;
then returned to NZ Feb 1944.
Re-joined HM service 1.4.1944
HM Ruawai NP 1945
Ormond Gisborne 1948
Coromandel-Whitianga WkP 1950
Pio Pio WkP 2.1954; raised to full Ministerial status by Assembly 1958
Hedgehope SP 1958
Reefton WsP 13.4.1960 - retired 31.10.1963
He played the violin, and had a collection of old violins.
Died 4.11.1984 Trevellyn Hamilton, aged 87 years.
WILSON, Rev John BA., MA.
b. 1840 County Antrim, Ireland
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
Educated at Quuen’s University Belfast and at Cork (BA 1865), and at the University
of Edinburgh (MA 1866).
To New Zealand –
Turakina WgP 1869 - resigned 1871 after serviong for 18 months.
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church Of New South Wales 1872
Bombala 1873 to 1876
Kiama 1876 to June 1889 – left because of “moral failings not of a sexual nature”.
Joined the Church of England –
Curate, Bathurst Cathedral 1889
Curate, Sunny Corner 1890
Gulgong-Millthorpe 1891 to 1892
Newtown 1892 to 1893
Assistant at Singleton
Curate, Helensburg 1896 to 1907
Pialba, Queensland 1908
WILSON, Mr John Henry
HM Mangaweka WgP 1902
Waimangaroa WsP 1903 - coal-mining centres in Granity Westport area.
Opunake TkP 3.1904 res 11.1904.
WILSON, Mr J.H.
Came fr UK to NZ in HM scheme under Dr Gibb.
HM Aria WkP 1921
Waikato East 1922
Palmerston Nth Outfields 1925 res 1929 & wthd fr HM staff;
WILSON, Rev John Lewis M.A.,B.D.
born 8 April 1916 at Coalgate, South Canterbury
wife: Mary Marguerite Thomson, born 2 November 1913, married 4 December 1948, died 15 July 1984
Primary education at Glentunnel then secondary education at Christchurch West High School, travelling from home each day by train and bus.
Employed at the pottery works at Glentunnel at age 18 then, after six years, he went to study at the Auckland Bible Training Institute.
Joined the Army in 1942, serving for three years in the South West Pacific area with the 22nd Field Ambulance, then a year in the Middle East.
Attended Canterbury University, 1946 to 1948, on a rehabilitation bursary.
Having been a member of the Presbyterian Church at Glentunnel then the Open Bretheren, he returned to the Presbyterian Church in 1946.
Spent three years as Travelling Secretary with the Crusader Movement, based in Dunedin, from 1948.
Theological Hall, 1952-1954
During his time at the Hall in Dunedin, he acted as a Student Assistant at Anderson’s Bay Church with responsibility for the Waverley and Tomahawk Areas.
Ordained Rangiora, Christchurch Presybytery, 16 December 1954
Papakura East, South Auckland Presbytery, 10 February 1959 - resigned 26 July 1964
Mosgiel, Dunedin Presbytery, 16 March 1967
Herbert-Kakanui-Hampden, North Otago Presbytery (Otepopo, Light duty), 18 April 1978
Retired, 1 July 1981
Died 23 April 2001. Interred 27 April 2007 in the same plot as his wife at South Malvern Cemetery
WILSON, Rev John P.
Licensed by the Presbytery of Dunoon and Inverary c.1873
To New Zealand –
No record of holding a charge in New Zealand
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria 17.4.1877 – suspended for three months by
the Presbytery of Melbourne for intoxication 30.7.1877. Suspension lifted 2.4.1878 but
on account of defects and peculiarities of his character it was recommended to the
Home Mission Committee that he not be employed as a Minister of the Church,
WILSON, Mr John Reid
b. circa 1854, arrived in Dunedin circa 1878.
w. Alice Ann Donald b. England m. Dunedin 30 Dec 1881 d. (?)
A Carpenter by profession with a practical knowledge of house-building.
Mission Carpenter - New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Travelled to Nguna with the Rev Peter Milne in June 1892 to assist with the enlarging
of the Nguna Church and construction of other Presbyterian Mission buildings belonging
to the Station. Enjoyed good health until about February 1893 when he suffered sunstroke
on the 4th Feb from running 1½ miles across the Island carrying a hastily written note to
his wife in order to catch the steamer which had arrived unexpectedly early. His condition
was undiagnosed and a walk through long wet grass to the Church on Sunday 5th and
consequently sitting in damp clothes did not aid his recovery. His condition deteriorated
each day from initially feeling unwell to later suffering from fever and delirium until he died.
His condition had not been considered life-threatening until near the end.
Died 13 Feb 1893 of the effects of sunstroke, leaving a widow and family in Dunedin.
Buried in the Mission Station Cemetery on Nguna. Mrs Wilson sent over a headstone for
the grave. The Synod of Otago and Southland sanctioned a grant of £25 to Mrs Wilson
as an expression of their sympathy with her in the loss of her husband while in the service
of the Church in the New Hebrides. .
Uncle of Rev JDMcL Wilson
WILSON, Mr J.R.
Riwaka NMP stud 1902 res 1904 on acct health.
WILSON, Mr J.W.
HM Ohura WkP 1916
WILSON, Rev Jack W. B.A.,B.D.
fr Pres Synod of Alaska, Nth West USA, Ord 1952
Opotiki-Waimana SS BPP 1990 (Maori Pastorate)
He is a retired Min fr USA & is working on a voluntary basis with the Maori
Synod for 2 yrs.
WILSON, Miss Mabel
Maori Miss - fr Ashburton
Nuhaka, work with Maoris began here 1926
Taupo 1937 res 31.5.1945 ill-health & returned to Ashburton.
'Aunty' alike to Maori & Pakeha, she came as Assist to Sr May in 1925.
'Our musician, & takes charge of the musical part of our services.'
Died 27.6.1966 Ashburton
WILSON, Rev Malcolm William (Mac) M.A.
born 5 October 1904, Queenstown
wife: Elinor Mary Richards (from England) born 22 April 1909, married 3 March 1934 (in England), died 30 December 1978
He entered the Public Service, worked there for 5 years; then went to Otago University and Theological Hall.
Hall 1929-1930; Westminster College, Cambridge, England for final year of theology, 1930-1931
Ordained Huntly, Waikato Presbytery, 19 November 1931 - resigned 23 October 1933 to -
York, England, 1934-1938 - returned to New Zealand.
Chalmers, Timaru, South Canterbury Presbytery, 27 October 1938
Knox, Christchurch, Christchurch Presbytery, 13 September 1951
Kowai (Sefton), 20 December 1966 - retired 31 December 1968 due to ill-health.
Son of Rev James Wilson.
Prominent in ecumenical affairs, education, and public affairs. Interested in marriage guidence and the Heritage Movement.
Royal New Zealand Air Force Chaplain, 1942-1943
Convener, Presbyterian Board of Education, associated with St. Andrew's College, and chairman and chaplain, Rangi Ruru School.
Member, University of Canterbury Council, 1966-1969.
President, Canterbury Council of Civil Liberties
Moderator of General Assembly, 1962
His special interests - Christian Unity (through Church Union - president, National Council of Churches; Commissioner, Joint Commission on Church Union; deeply interested in Halls of Residence at Univercities
Early in 1968 a fire damaged the Sefton manse. The Wilsons moved to Leithfield beach to stay at parishioners' holiday bach. The new manse was built at Amberley. Mrs Wilson cut the ribbon to open the new manse while the Rev. Mac. Wilson watched from the car. He died a few days later.
Died 23 July 1969
WILSON, Miss N.
Nuhaka, teacher Native School 1925-8; assisted Miss.
WILSON, Miss Nancye Ellen M.A.
born 2 December 1917, Lyttleton
Educated at Lyttelton Primary School (6 years), Rangi-Ruru Girls’ School, Christchurch (6 years),
Christchurch Teachers’ Training College (2 years), and Canterbury University College (3 years
full time and 2 years part time) where she gained her M.A. degree in Philosophy, with her thesis
focusing on the plight of female employees in the clothing trade in Christchurch.
Taught for five years in Primary Schools in New Zealand.
Appointed as Missionary Teacher to the South China Mission 1 July 1947
Left for China, November 1947
Appointed to the Union Normal School at Canton - finished 9 months Cantonese language
in study 1948; Taught senior middle English from 1948.
“Miss Wilson makes personal contact with the students through individual teaching, through various
hospitality programmes and through her participation in activities of the nearby Church, which
include student prayer meetings and a young people’s fellowship”.
When Missionaries had to leave China, she was asked for by the Anglican Diocesan Girls High
School in Hong Kong, commenced May 1951 - finished August 1952
Then went to United Kingdom; returned to New Zealand, November 1952
Resigned from Mission service to return to the Diocesan School, Hong Kong, July 1953.
Accepted into the Anglican religious order of the Holy Paraclete, based at Whitby, England, 1960.
Teacher, and later principal, teachers training college, Mampong, Ghana, 1963.
Returned to England, 1975, hospital chaplain.
Retreat leader, St. Oswald's Centre, 1982.
Aunt to Rev. Dugald Wilson
Died March 2015, at St. Hilda's Priory, Whitby
WILSON, Mr P.
HM Clive HBP 1915
WILSON, Rev Peter
Ordained 1895; received 17.11.1902
Inducted Papanui Christchurch ChP 15.1.1903
Manaia TkP 13.7.1906
Albury SCP 4.8.1909
Mayfield AsP 18.6.1914 - resigned 3.12.1916 and returned to Scotland.
WILSON, Sr. Reita Jessep (See also entry for Rev RJ Linklater)
b. 20.8.1927 m. 1959
Deaconess College Dunedin 1953-55
Ordained Deaconess St Davids Palmerston North 23.11.1955 - resigned 15.3.1959
to be married to Mr J. Linklater.
Died 9th April 2009
WILSON, Rev Robert M.A.,B.D.
w (1) Patricia Ann m 8.12.1951 div
w (2) Clare m 27.10.1979 rem 3.9.1985
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1950-52
Ord Waverley Invercargill SP 2.2.1955 - resigned 20.4.1964
Corstorphine Union DnP 14.8.1968 for 5 mths
Associate Minister First Church Dunedin DnP 4.2.1971 - resigned 20.8.1976 -
To USA for experience, Immanuel Lutheran Hospital, Omaha USA
WILSON, Rev Thomas (Tom) Corbett MA., BA.
b 28.3.1922 at Palmerston, Otago
w Joy Doreen Windsor b 14.6.1926 m 7.10.1950
Raised on a farm in the district, attending the Flag Swamp Presbyterian Church and the
local Primary School. Seconday education at Otago Boys High School in Dunedin.
At age 16 felt the call to Ministry.
Studied at the Bible Training Institute Henderson from 1945 to 1945 then undertook studies
for a degree at Otago University.
Both Tom & Joy accepted for Christian work in Japan.
Central Japan Pioneer Mission 1951-55
Undertook deputation work upon return to NZ.
The intial motivation to undertake studies at the Theological Hall was to better equip himself
for a return to the mission field in Japan.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1957 (special student)
Licensed at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Gore by the Presbytery of Mataura 17 Dec 1959
His first preaching took place at Shannon (Manawatu Presbytery) in 1960.
Between 1961 and 1963 completed his B.A. degree at Otago and Auckland Universities.
Kumeu (Stated Supply) AP 1963
Ordained Kumeu (Massey-Kumeu Parish) AP 6.2.1964
Tuakau Union SAP 15.4.1973 Res 31.1.1974
Knapdale-Waikaka MtP 13.11.1975
St Andrews Helensville (supply) AP 11.7.1982, Inducted 14.4.1983
Retired 31.3.1985 due to ill-health - Lodged Certificate.
Undertook occasional preaching at Riverhead, Te Atatu and Waiheke Island.
Minister Emeritus Jan 1993
Brother of Rev DJ Wilson.
"A good musician, he helped organise many church choirs and small orchestras and played five
instruments including the clarinet and saxophone. Tom was passionate about Japanese Character
and language study, spurred on by the time spent living there. He would spend hours refreshing
his knowledge and would always jump at the chance to communicate with Japanese tourists...
These years [in retirement] were also spent teaching English to new immigrants. He had a
passion to help those in need and a lifelong desire to serve others in whatever capacity he could.
Tom was characterised by his warm smile, powerful preaching, compassionate heart and
encouraging manner to those who needed it.
[from Memorial Minute]
Died 23rd Feb 2007
WILSON, Mr T. F.
HM Clive HBP 1916
Otorohonga WkP 1917
Pongaroa WpP 1918 - Died in flu epidemic while at Palmerston North to
sit for his matriculation examination.
Died 1919 during the flu epidemic
WILSON, Rev Warren Geoffrey B.A.
w Gaye m 20.1.1962
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1963-65
Licensed as Probationer by Presbytery of Auckland 22.12.1965
Ordained Pokeno SAP 10.2.1966
Knox New Plymouth 2.7.1970
St Andrews-St Davids Wanganui WgP 2.9.1976 res 31.12.1987 ill-health.
Warden Glenfield Bethel Retreat & Study Centre Karaka, Papakura
SAP 1.2.1988 res 30.9.1991
Glendowie AP 13.3.1992 - retired 30 Sept 1999
Minister Emeritus BOP Sept 1999
Moderator of Bay of Plenty Presbytery 2003
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