Register (Fasti) of
Presbyterian Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries
1840 to 2015 :
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- The Annals of the Free Church of Scotland 1843-1900 are online at Ecclegen, the ecclesiastical and the genealogical website for the ministers of the Free Church of Scotland.
- For a biographical listing of New Zealand and South Pacific based Anglican clergy who may have served in early Union or co-operating Parishes, please click Here (This is a large PDF file).
- Additions and amendments to this database are welcomed.
Please Note : This register is solely an historical data base. The official Register for those ministers and overseas workers currently serving in the Presbyterian Church may be located on the Presbyterian Church web site.
A Register of NZ Presbyterian Ministers was apparently first compiled and kept by the Rev WJ Comrie from the early 1900's
up to the 1930's.
From about 1920, the Very Rev W.W. Howes commenced compiling his own comprehensive alphabetical resource of information on Presbyterian Ministers which he intended eventually typing out and presenting to the Church Office. Upon learning of this resource in 1938, the Rev Ian Fraser offered his personal assistance in the completion and publication of a register both for Church purposes and
to mark the Centennial celebrations of the Dominion and of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand in 1940. The Rev WJ Comrie made a number of corrections to the draft manuscript from his own records. An additional Roll of Honour was also included of Theological Students, Ministers, Home Missionaries, Sons, Daughters, Wives and Brothers of the Manse, who had served and/or made the ultimate sacrifice during the "Great War" of 1914-18. The new 1940 Register was then typed in triplicate by Mrs HL Wilkinson with the assistance of Mr EJ Ward of the Presbyterian Book Room and finally personally bound in green Levant Morocco leather for Exhibition purposes by the Rev Ian Fraser.
From 1973 up until 1990, the Very Rev. Dr. Ian Fraser alone undertook the immense task of correcting and updating the initial entries while adding those Ministers, Home Missionaries, Deaconesses and overseas Missionaries ordained since 1940. He personally typed, printed and bound a new Register in 1989. Subsequent to the introduction of word processors, he methodically and painstakingly re-typed all the information into a computer database from which this current register was initially created.
Last Major Update : 2009 (Minor amendments are actioned
as we receive them)
The Rev Dr Ian Fraser at work inputting his register onto a computer database from which this on-line resource was initially created, taken October 1993.
Updates to the Register :
We welcome updated and corrected information for entries on this register. Please note that in certain circumstances we may ask for confirmation of updated information.
Additional Research :
We are happy to undertake additional research on any individual listed
in this register but subject always to our normal research charges and
the provisions of the Privacy Act.
The information quoted here may be all
that was available when this register was originally created, however additional
information may now be available. In many cases the amount of information
may be considerable.