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Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
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MORGAN, Sr Agnes Annabel Grace (Sr Nessie) M.B.E.
b 7.9.1903; daughter of Rev R. Morgan below.
Maori Miss - PWTI
Te Teko 1932
Opotiki 1934; in charge with Father as Assist 1.9.1935;
Ord Deac 11.2.1936
Cong Deac St Johns Wn 1945-8
Maori Miss 1946-9
Cong Deac St Johns Wn 1.8.1951 ret 29.2.1960
Died 15.8.1991 Wn
MORGAN, Rev Allan B.A.
b 5.11.1928; w Anne Rosa m 26.1.1957
Ord Clutha Valley ClP 4.2.1959
St Stephens Invercargill 10.2.1966
St Andrews Gore MtP 10.2.1980
Minister Emeritus 1.2.1991
MORGAN, Rev Daniel Welsh
b 10.8.1886 Scotland, unmarried
Studied at the Bible Training Institute, Glasgow. Joined Home Missionary
staff in 1912; service interrupted by 11 years school teaching.
HM Brunnerton WsP 1912
Papatowai ClP 1914, Ord HM 1914 - resigned 1915
Beaumont ClP 1915 (3 months)
School teaching for 11 years
Waihola-Milburn ClP July 1931
Takaka-Collingwood NMP 1935
Maungaturoto NP 1942
Henderson-Hobsonville AP 1945
Eketahuna-Pongaroa WpP 1947 - retired 1958 to Takaka
Died 7.5.1963 Takaka
MORGAN, Rev Henry (Harry) Clements B.A.
w Pamela June m 21.1.1967
Theological Hall 1968-70
Ordained Katikati BPP 3.12.1970 - resigned 18.11.1973
Study in Dunedin.
Otahuhu AP 15.5.1975
Senior Associate Minister St Andrews First Presb., Symonds Street Auckland AP 2003
MORGAN, Mrs Inez E. (nee Willetts)
Deaconess - Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute; m 1940’s (?)
Maori Missionary Te Teko 1940 - resigned 1947 to care for her aged parents.
Woman Worker Grey Lynn Auckland AP 1954
Assoc. Taumarunui WkP 1959
MORGAN, Rev Richard
b 2.7.1869 Otago;
w (1) Grace b 27.9.1876 m 4.4.1900 d 3.7.1926
w (2) Inez Willetts (of Maori Mission Staff), married (c.1940’s?)
After some years farming he offered his services as a Home Missionary in 1906
HM Merrivale SP 1906
Colac Bay SP 1908
South Invercargill 1910
Theological Hall 1913-5
Ordained Centre Bush SP 9.12.1915
Paeroa WkP 19.12.1922
Hamilton East 10.12.1925
Methven AsP 28.6.1928 - ret 31.8.1935 and offered his services to the Maori Missions Committee
Opotiki 1.9.1935, assisted his daughter Nessie
Matahi - app to assist during absence of Nurse Doull on trip to UK 1928;
also for part of 1930.
MORICE, Rev George
b. 1 Dec 1838 at Moray, Scotland.
Eldest son of Dr Morice of India, then of Elgin in the North of Scotland.
w. Wilhelmina Barclay (a Daughter of the Rev Barclay of Auldearn) b.(?)
m. 9.2.1875 at Nairn, Scotland d. 4 Jan 1887 at Gisborne, aged 36..
Educated at University of Aberdeen where he completed an Arts course :
“He proved himself a diligent and conscientious student”.
Later attended New College, Edinburgh.
Licensed as a Minister under the Free Church of Scotland.
Came to New Zealand on the “Strathallan”, sailed 30.8.1866
St Pauls Napier 21.12.1866;
“He there endeared himself to his people by his gentleness and by the excellence
of his pulpit work.”
Established St Andrew’s Church Gisborne & purchased land for Matawhero Church, c.1871.
Spent some weeks in Otago before leaving for a visit to Scotland Jan 1872.
Toured Scotland, England and Ireland recruiting Ministers for the NZ Presbyterian Church.
Married while in Scotland.
He resisted some attractive offers of settlement and returned to NZ Oct 1875
Assisted for 8 months at Remuera, Auckland Ap 1875-76
Hokitika WsP 2.11.1876
Balclutha ClP Aug 1879
Moderator of the General Assembly (Northern) 1870
It was the custom of Mr Morice to spend some weeks every year with his wife and
family at Port Molyneux for the benefit of sea bathing. On the 23rd Dec 1884, being the last day
of their holiday at Kaka Point, Mr & Mrs Morice, who were expert swimmers, were caught by an
undercurrent while bathing. Nearly exhausted in his attempts to save his wife, Mr Morice returned
to the beach and sent his nine year old son to get help of some Maoris. With conspicuous bravery,
William Potiki, assisted by his sister Sarah, and an old Maori, Tongata, rescued Mrs Morice, but
a wave had carried her husband out into deep water and he was drowned. When they brought Mr
Morice to shore "life was found to be extinct".
His funeral was the largest ever seen in Balclutha.
In appreciation to the Maoris, Mr Morice's brother presented a harmonium to the Port
Molyneux Maori School, Bibles from the Synod were presented to four of the men, and gifts
of food, clothing and money for those in need of it were presented to the Maori women for
their joint efforts, including the recovery of Mrs Morice. The presentation was made the
occasion of a ‘bountiful repast’ [feast] prepared by two Balclutha ladies to all 37 natives at
the Maori Kaik who were greatly pleased with the attention shown to them and the generous
provision for their entertainment.The Royal Humane Society's silver medal was presented to
William Potiki for his ‘gallant conduct in connection with the sad event'.
Mrs Morice subsequently moved to Gisborne.
Drowned at Port Molyneux 23rd Dec 1884
MORLEY, Rev Charles Henry (Harry) L.Th.
b 23.8.1907 at Christchurch
w (1) Marion Boyd Dixon b 4.12.1906 m 31.12.1936 d 30.4.1969
w (2) Catherine Pearl Gillanders b 8.3.1927 m 31.7.1971
Attended a number of primary schools in both Islands and finally one year at Gisborne High School.
Entered the drapery trade before his 18th birthday, being promoted to buyer for silk and dress goods
department of a well-established firm.
In March 1929 entered the Salvation Army Training College Wellington.
Commissioned Jan 1930
In Jan 1930 appointed to assist at Dunedin City Corps, being appointed to a charge position by the
end of the year, followed by 16 appointments. Appointed to positions in Southland and Wellington areas
then after his marriage to Marion, appointed to Levin, New Brighton, Westport, Kilbirnie (Wellington),
Whangarei, Sydenham (Christchurch), Invercargill, Feilding, New Plymouth & North Dunedin.
Served 27 years with the Salvation Army until his resignation in Jan 1957.
Managed a Methodist Men's Home in Anderson's Bay Dunedin for a short time, also joining Maori
Hill Presbyterian Church. Applied to be received into the ministry of the PCNZ and was accepted
after 2 years in the Hall.
Halfway Bush Parish (Supply), Dunedin DnP 1958-59
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1958-59 (special student)
Ord St Columba Naenae WnP 4.2.1960
During his Ministry at Naenae he undertook L.Th studies through the Melbourne College of Divinity.
Kawerau BPP 4.7.1968 - retired 31.8.1974 (the congregation had asked that his term of service be
extended two years beyond retirement age)
In retirement (in Massey Auckland) he was very active with supply, as interim-moderator, in community
and Church affairs. He was virtually blind from 1986, but this, with Cath's support, did not deter him
from his activities.
While at St Columba, Naenae, served for almost 5 years on the Assembly Public Questions Committee;
Convenor of Wellington Presbytery's Liquor Problems and Alcoholism Committee for a number of years;
represented the Lower Hutt Children's Court, and later at Kawerau as Honorary Welfare Officer under the
Child Welfare Dept (later Social Welfare Dept). Served on Rotary at Naenae and Kawerau.
MORLEY, Mrs C.H. see Gillanders, Catherine, Sr.
MORREAU, Rev Paulus (Paul)
b 15.12.1921 at Hilversum, Holland.
w Barbara Mary Hayes b 27.11.1930 m 9.6.1951
Growing up in Holland during World War Two, he acted as a messenger in the Dutch
Underground. Trained as as Accountact and spent some years as a Bank Accountant in India
and Singapore. After marriage in 1951 moved to Hong Kong for 6 years. Feeling a call to
ministry, he came as an immigrant with his family to NZ to train for the ministry.
Theological Hall 1959-61
Ordained Edendale MtP 30.11.1961
St Aidans Linden WnP 10.11.1966
Tawa Co-Operating Parish (includes Linden) WnP 1972 - resigned 30.11.1974 (to undertake
After further study overseas involving a second Clinical Pastoral Education course (in Holland)
he returned to NZ in 1975.
Hospital Chaplain Christchurch 31.1.1975
During his 12 years at Sunnyside Hospital, Paul trained and became a member of the
Psychotherapist Association of NZ and a clinical member of The International Transactional
Analysis Association (ITAA). Later he was also to become a Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral
Minister Emeritus 31.1.1987
“His mind was steeped in Christian traditions which he valued deeply. He wrote ‘That he was
fortunate to live for 12 years among other faith traditions : Muslim, Hindu, Buddhism and
Taoism. He consciously embraced the fact that we live in the 21st century with its globalisation
and the challenges which are the result. In expressing his faith (today) he sought to do justice to
both his upbringing and his own life experiences.’
He was a master of his vocation as a hospital chaplain and showed fortitude in developing
himself as a supervisor able to conduct Clinical Pastoral Education. There is no doubt that his
whole contribution to the Chaplaincy scenario was immense. His involvelment in the CPE
programme gave him a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction.
He is remembered for his knowledge, wisdom, compassion and quick wit and above all for
his love of God.” (From Obit.)
Died 2 April 2004, aged 82 years.
MORRIS, Mrs Mary
A Deaconess of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, Australia, and a trained Nurse. She had
Been widowed after only a year of marriage “and had a heart for the [mission] work”.
Missionary Nurse - New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Assisted Dr Lamb at Ambrym Hospital occasionally from 1895.
Ambrim Hospital - Nurse appointed 1901, resigned 1912 mainly through ill-health
Rep 1901: she has had considerable experience of work in New Hebrides under the Australian
Church, and is now a valuable addition to our staff.
A sister of the Rev J Gillan, an Australian Missionary also working in the New Hebrides.
MORRIS, Rev G.
fr CS Scot, arr in Tauranga 8.1868 in response to an open Call fr Tauranga BPP 8.1868 – for
lack of support he res & returned to Scot on 7.7.1869.
MORRIS, Rev Raymond William
b 11.1.1922 Invercargill
w Edna Joyce Burling b 7.4.1930 m 30.12.1950
Served in the Engineering Office of the NZ Railways at Duendin and Wellington.
From the Church of Christ. Offered for Home Mission service with the PCNZ.
HM Plimmerton WnP 20.9.1946
Completed his preliminary study course in 1949, receiving a commendation for his
conscientious work as a student.
Te Kauwhata SAP 1950 – he established this Parish which had neither a manse or a Church.
During this period he undertook extra-mural studies in preparation for his Theological studies.
Ordained as a Home Missionary 1950
Pine Hill Dunedin DnP 1955 – During this period he also undertook his Hall studies.
Theological Hall 1955-57
Assoc St Andrews Hastings 4.12.1957
Foxton MnP 24.3.1960
Waverlay TkP 1.9.1964
Stratford TkP 12.12.1968
Westmere WgP 2.10.1975
Inglewood United TkP 2.2.1982 - retired to Wanganui 30.4.1985
Served as Stated Supply at Wanganui in retirement.
Served as the representative of the Taranaki Presbytery on the Board of Presbyterian Support
Services Wellington and as Moderator in both Taranaki and Wanganui Presbyteries.
“Ray’s humble dedication to his Lord and to the work of Ministry endeared him both to the
people with whom he worked and to the communities that he served with practical love and
guidance. Many found growth and encouragement to serve with greater understanding and
enthusiasm through his Ministry. In his caring for all, Ray was always positive and rarely, if
ever, had an unkind word of another person.” (from Obit.)
Died at Wanganui 3.5.1995
MORRISON, Rev Alexander Samuel (Alex) M.A.
b 17.7.1867 Efate, Vanuatu
w Elizabeth J. b 22.11.1872 m 16.6.1897 d 15.5.1954
His Father was Rev D. Morrison, a pioneer Missionary in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu).
He was educated at Auckland Grammar School, Auckland University and Otago University.
Whangarei (student supply) 1888
Ellerslie AP 1889
Theological Hall Dunedin 1891-93
Ord Hastings 18.5.1894
Waimate SCP 31.1.1899
Rakaia AsP 6.9.1917 - retired 31.3.1933
St Martins, Christchurch (in retirement) 1.1.1935 - resigned 19.2.1939
Local Ministry Team (Treasurer), Pukerau Waikaka, Southland Presbytery, 2009-
MORRISON, Gwendolyn Elsie (Sr Gwen) (Mrs Burt)
b Dunedin 9 October 1923
h Lester George Burt b 16 June 1929 m 17 January 1959 died 14 March 2014
Educated at King Edward Technical College, Dunedin, where she undertook a Commercial Course.
Trained as a Nurse at Dunedin Hospital, taking her final exams in 1949 and completing her Maternity
Course in 1950. Qualifications and training included first aid, home nursing, junior state, surgery and
medicine examinations, senior surgery and medicine examinations, hospital final examinations, and
maternity examinations. Undertook a period of district nursing in 1951.
Missionary Punjab Mission India - Nurse
Jagadhri Hospital, appointed Sister 1 September 1951;
Dedicated for Mission service at Opoho Church 6 September 1951;
Left for India 21 Sept 1951, arrived Jagadhri 21 October 1951
“Jagadhri Hospital is a registered Nurses’ Training School, and , in addition to general nursing
responsibilities, Sister Morrison shares in the task of equipping young Indian women for this
important work. Like all other Missionaries, she takes advantage of evangelistic opportunities
as they arise, and does her part in the administrative work of the Mission.”
Came home on furlough early 1957;
Resigned from 30 September 1957 to be near her parents, and withdrew.
Married Mr Lester George Burt 1959
Sister of Rev T.D. Morrison.
Died 20th September 2008 at Vickery Court Rest Home, Invercargill, buried at Wallacetown Cemetery
Her husband, Lester George Burt, was later buried in the same grave
MORRISON, Miss Jennifer
Trained as a kindergarten teacher.
Miss Sth India - Council for World Mission.
Rep 1978: transferred to Joint Bd as base, but still paid by CWM to which PCNZ
contributes; completed serv 1981
A Sister with the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary at Camden, Sydney, Australia.
Daughter of Rev. Trevor Morrison.
MORRISON, Rev Robert.C.
w Elizabeth Anderson Connor b 12.1.1875 m (?) d 1930, aged 78 years.
From Dumfries, Scotland; Theological Training Dublin, Licensed Church of Scotland.
Arr NZ 1868, app by WnP to -
Matarata WpP 1868
Recd by OSyn 12.1.1869
Switzers (Waikaia MtP) 4.1870
Akaroa ChP 3.4.1882 res 13.5.1884
Wanaka COP 23.2.1887 res 29.7.1888
Westport supply WsP 1891
Died 1900, aged 63 years
MORRISON, Mr Stewart Rutherford
Theological Hall 1937-39
Early in his final year (1939) he had a serious operation, and was unable to resume
studies by the end of 2nd term, and withdrew.
MORRISON, Rev Trevor Davidson B.A.
b 28.2.1922 at Dunedin
w Alison Isabel Hogg (A Daughter of Rev Hogg) b 16.12.1924 m 26.11.1949 She predeceased him.
Educated in Dunedin, served overseas as a gunner during World War Two. During this time
he was markedly influenced by the Chaplains of the day, including the Rev J Somerville.
Attended the University of Otago then entered the Hall.
Theological Hall 1949-51
Ordained Waiuku SAP 6.12.1951
Wellsford NSP 2.5.1957 - resigned 30.4.1960 - to Scotland
Ministered in Scotland for three years.
St David’s Taihape WgP 3.10.1963
Waimate SCP 4.2.1969 - resigned 31.1.1976 - to Scotland
Ministered in Scotland for approx 5 years.
Minister within the Bounds NOP 1981
Maheno-Incholme NOP 1981
Maheno-Otepopo (Stated Supply) NOP – 2 years until retirement in Oct 1987.
Minister Emeritus 1987
“Trevor was a diligent, pastorally focussed man, quiet of nature, gentle of disposition, as
well as caring and sensitive in all he did. In his preaching he gave evidence of careful
preparation, wide reading, and diligent reflection. He was essentially an earthy man who
strove to enable the person in the pew to relate Scripture to their own everyday experience.
Brother of Sr. Gwen Morrison, their only son Andrew died during their time in
Died 29 November 2002 peacefully at the Otago Hospice.
MORRISON, Rev W.J.
Manaia Union TkP 2.1972
Hillcrest Co-op Hamilton 5.1977
MORTON, Rev Alexander
b. 25.8.1858 Glasgow
w. Jane Anderson Smith b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
Son of John Morton (a farmer) and Annie Grey nee Murdoch. Educated at the University of
Glasgow then after completing his studies for ministry, he undertook an abbreviated medical
course before going as Missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu).
Licensed by the Presbytery of Melbourne (Presb. Church of Victoria) 3.8.1886
Ordained for Mission work in the New Hebrides 17.8.1886
Missionary New Hebrides under the Presb. Church of Victoria, arrived 1886
Pangkumu, Malekula Island, New Hebrides June 1887 to 1892 - resigned due to his wife’s health.
He did valuable work translating the New Testament into the Malekulan language.
To Australia -
Orbost, Victoria 11.10.1893 to Nov 1903
To New Zealand –
Received by the Presb. Church of NZ General Assembly 11.11.1903
Inducted into St Andrews, Aramoho, Wanganui WgP 1904
Lovells Flat, South Otago ClP 23.11.1911 - retired 30.9.1922
Moderator of the Synod of Otago and Southland 1922
ST Leonard’s, Dunedin DnP 1943
MORTON, Mr Archibald (Archie) Wentworth B.A., Dip.Ed., M.A.
HM Morningside, Auckland AP 1.6.1932 to 1934
Entered Moore College (Anglican) in Sydney in 1937 for Theological training.
Decided to train for the Anglican Ministry and withdrew (1937).
MORTON, Rev William
HM Bulls WgP 1916
Rewa WgP 1917
Ohakune-Raetihi WgP 1919, Ord HM 1919
res fr HM service 1920.
MOSES, Rev Don
Omokoroa Community Church, Kaimai Presbytery, 20 August 2015
MOUAT, Mr B.
Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan, with NZ Ins Co 1973
Jakarta, Indonesia 1979
MOUNTJOY, Rev Kendrick Archer Louis
b 12.12.1918 at Oamaru
w Roma Ismay Goodwin b 5.1.1920 m 5.1.1943
Educated at at Rongotai College 1932 to 1935
Worked for the Wellington Employers Assn, Fletchers for a short time, and as
a Senior Clerk with the National Cash Register Company.
Entered the Baptist Training College in Auckland.
In 1939 applied to join the NZ Army but declared unfit due to wearing glasses.
Then joined the YMCA, being posted to the Taieri Air Force Base. When Japan
entered the war he again applied to join the Army and was accepted. Served in
the Artillery Regiment, Anti Aircraft, based in NZ & the Pacific.
A keen boxer and a champ at Rongotai College, he won a series of bouts in the
Pacific against the US troops.
HM Taupo Maori Mission Station 11.7.1946
St Martins Christchurch ChP 1948
Pine Hill Dunedin DnP 1951
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1952-54
Licensed by Presbytery of Dunedin Nov 1954
Ord St Johns Whangarei, Whau Valley-North Manaia NP 16.12.1954
Otahuhu AP 1.5.1958
Whakatane BPP 14.12.1967 - retired 15.12.1976 due to ill-health.
Died 13 Jan 1982 at Whakatane, interred in RSA section of Hillcrest cemetery, Ohope.
MUDIE, Rev Alec (Bill) Victor
b 22.1.1916 Invercargill
w. Muriel Joyce Dolphin b. (?) m. c.1944-47
Lost his Father when aged 4. From a Church of Christ family. Only secondary education
was night school while delivering groceries by day. Mustered cattle at Glenorchy
during the depression then several years tractor driving at Dipton. Having joined the
Presbyterian Church, he undertook occasional lay preaching. Aware of his meagre
education, he studied at the Church of Christ Glen Leith Bible College from 1940 to 1943.
Ashburton (Church of Christ) 1944-47
Hokitika (Church of Christ) 1947-49
Onehunga (Church of Christ) 1949-51
Wishing to become a Presbyterian minister, he first became a Home Missionary for one year.
HM Belmont NSP 1.6.1951
Rep 1952: he will continue the extra-mural course for one more year; after that he will do
full-time study in Hall for one year; he will then be received into the full ministry of the PCNZ.
Raised to full Ministerial status and Ordained 1952
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1954 (special student)
Licensed 1.2.1955 & raised to full Ministerial status; supply then till 31.1.1956
Ind Otautau SP 1.3.1956
Mayfield AsP 31.1.1963
St Margaret’s New Plymouth 11.12.1969 - retired 31.1.1976 due to epilepsy and increasing
blindness. While at New Plymouth he spear-headed negotiations with the Anglican Church
to build a ‘joint-use’ Church, which later became Brooklands Co-operating Parish,
subsequently incorporating the Methodists.
Presbytery Moderator 1967 and 1971, Prison Chaplain 1969-80, took Bible in Schools for
40 years, a member of Birthright, Epilepsy group, President of a City Council Social
Committee, studied German, enjoyed oil painting, CB radio, and WEA.
“Bill’s preaching had been on simple, practical, application to others. He had helped
others regardless of rank… The loveliest sight in the parish was to see a near blind man
and his guide dog, helped by friends around his once familiar church, as he came to
communion, sometimes to administer it, or to take a baptism, often to pray with simple
but penetrating ideas. Bill’s conversation was laced with unflagging humour, gentle,
and always reflecting a firm faith in the Jesus who called him, and to whom he had
given a life of solid, faithful service. (from Obit.)
Died 15 December 1997
MUIR, Rev Ivan B.A.
b 30.4.1916 at Tuturau, Southland.
w (1) Alice Howie Dickie b 20.4.1916 m 10.11.1943 died Epi, New Hebrides 18 Nov 1945 (malaria)
Alice attended the Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute in Dunedin 1939 to 1941. Worked at the
Papanui Boy’s Home in Christchurch before entering Nursing training in Christchurch 1942 to 1943.
w (2) Helen Winifred Easton b 7.5.1927 m 5.1.1952
Educated at Tuturau Primary School, Upper Junction Primary School Dunedin, Otago Boy’s High
School and Otago University. Challenged by the Rev George McNeur, he decided to train for overseas
Theological Hall 1940-42
Ordained Taihape WgP 17.12.1942
Missionary - New Hebrides (Vanuatu) appointed 30.6.1944
Due to the death of his wife Alice he returned to NZ with their 10 month old daughter in Dec 1945.
Tirau (Stated Supply) 1946
Taumarunui WkP 21.8.1947
St Enochs Tauranga BPP 24.6.1953
Havelock North HBP 31.1.1963
Whakatane BPP 20.10.1977
Minister Emeritus 31.8.1981
Presbyterian Support Chaplain in Hawke’s Bay 1986-91
“Ivan will be remembered for his church building – both in St Columba’s Church completed in his
ministry, and for building up the congregations and developing teamwork in each parish in which he
served. During his ministry in Havelock North he developed a close congregational tie with the
Heretaunga Maori Pastorate and the Wiamana Parish of the Maori Synod (Te Aka Puaho).
A man of strong principles he did not intrude into another person’s ministry unless asked to do so.
He loved words and was a student of Greek and Hebew, and a stickler for correct English.
… He has left an indelible stamp on the community.” (From Obit.)
Died 2 May 2004
MUIR, Mr J.
A Miss of CIM China & brother-in-law of H.W. Johnston, Te Whaiti; relieved Johnston at
Te Whaiti during annual holiday 1940.
MUIR, Rev James Stirling
b. 9.8.1822 Glasgow
3rd son of John Muir, Minister of St James’ Glasgow.
Missionary Toward 1855 to 1856
Ordained Caledonian Church, Holloway, London (Church of Scotland) 14.2.1856 to 1863
To New Zealand late 1863
St Andrews, Wellington WgP 1864 to 1870. Church was rebuilt during his ministry.
Congregation unable to meet stipend.
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales 1870
St Peter’s, North Sydney 1870 to 1872
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria 1872
Wallan Wallan-Doneybrook 20.6.1872 to 15.8.1876
Wickliffe 23.9.1876 to 27.4.1880
Visited the United Kingdom, added to list of unattached Ministers 21.6.1881
Died 26.10.1910 Melbourne.
MUIR, Rev Lesley Marianne B.Hort.Sc. (See also entry for Rev LM Shaw)
h. Rev. Alan Thomas, Shaw m. 26.2.1977
Theological Hall 1974-76
Ordained Oreti SP 20.3.1977 - resigned 31.3.1980
Minister within the Bounds WnP
MUIR, Miss S.
Sarawak, Malaysia, with Borneo Evangelical Mission 1975
MULLAN, Rev David S.
Bay of Islands Co-op NP 1.2.1991
MULLINS, Miss B.
Maori Miss - Waikaremoana Assist 1931-3
MUNDY, Mrs Jean neé Laughton
Maori Miss - Rep 1958: she gave yrs of efficient & devoted service in the Maori Printery,
Died 21.2.1958 suddenly
MUNRO, Rev Alexander Stuart McKay
b 16.2.1919 at Pitlochly, Scotland.
w Helen Violet b 3.10.1926 m 8.1.1947
Came to Dunedin NZ with his family in 1923. Educated at Mornington Primary School and Otago Boys High
School then took employment with a firm of merchant engineers.
Entered on military service but prevented from overseas service by ill health.
Gave several years to YMCA work.
Became deeply involved in the Mornington congregation, becoming Superintendent of a large and well
ordered Junior Sunday School.
It was through the death of his friend, the Rev [Captain] Fergus McLaren, in the Battle for Crete that he felt
called to train for ministry "to pick up the torch Fergus had laid down".
Joined the Home Missionary service 5.1.1944
Denniston Jan 1944 – resigned Mar 1944 to take up studies in Dunedin.
Entered Otago University where he proved himself a good student.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1948-50
Ordained Waiareka [Enfield] NOP 12.12.1950
MacKenzie County [Fairlie] SCP 8.3.1956
Hornby ChP 30.5.1963
Forrest Hill NSP 8.2.1978 – retired 30.9.1982 due to ill-health.
“Retiring by temperament and independent in conviction, Alex Munro was a somewhat
isolated figure. Yet his marginal position belies the influence of his ministry in the
Presbyterian Church. He had a unique, if somewhat un-Presbyterian ministry. He had
an ability to preach with clarity and conciseness. He was a man of prayer and holiness
in life. He was devoted to the Lord, a strong authority figure, and an effective
evangelist. He always included an evangelical challenge in his sermons.
In addition to Parish work, Alex was in demand as an expositional preacher and spoke
many times at Pounawea and other Keswick conventions and many church missions.
He was Chairman of the Evangelical Alliance of New Zealand and also on the Board of
Youth for Christ and the Child Evangelical Fellowship. In all his parishes he
emphasised the importance of Church prayer meetings and missionary outreach.”
Died 28 July 1999, at home, Waiake, North Shore, aged 80 years.
MUNRO, Rev Gavin Donald M.A.,B.D.,S.T.M.(Yale)
b 1.10.1925 Hawera
w Merle Aileen Collins b - m 1.1956 d. October 2009
Educated at Wanganui; Christchurch Teachers College; taught sole charge school in Wanganui area
for 3 years; studied at Otago University for his BA; Bible College of the Church of Christ Dunedin; was
housemaster at McGlashan College, Dunedin; served the Church of Christ in Auckland & South Dunedin;
Principal of the Church of Christ College Dunedin; a joint arrangement was made between the Church
of Christ and the PCNZ to share lectures to students of both Churches; Gavin began lecturing in the
Theological Hall in 1964, while on staff of the Church of Christ College. Full-time lecturing in
Theological Hall by joint appointment of the two Churches until January 1983; after that he was an
appointee of the Presbyterian Church.
Haddon Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Theological Hall Dunedin 1972-87,
Lecturer in New Testament, Theological Hall Dunedin by joint arrangement 1975,
Acting Professor of New Testament, theological Hall Dunedin 2.1983,
Professor of New Testament, Theological Hall Dunedin 1.2.1988 for 3 years, retired 31.1.1991
MUNRO, Rev Graeme Douglas MA, MTheol, MMin, PGDipArts, DipGrad, LTh, DPS, FTCL, FSB.
w (1) Sylvia Evelyn Jellicoe m 30 November 1974 at Tawa, Wellington.
w (2) Adele Elizabeth Foley m 27 June 2010 at Oamaru
Knox Theological Hall Dunedin, 1972-1974
Ordained and Inducted Tapanui, Mataura Presbytery, 12 December 1974
Inducted St Andrew’s, Stratford, Taranaki Presbytery, 31 May 1984
Inducted Senior Minister, Waitaki North Otago Presbytery, 25 February 1993
Honorary Chaplain, PSS Otago, Iona Home and Hospital, Oamaru, 1993-2013
Honorary Chaplain, Waitaki Boys’ High School, Oamaru, 1993-2003
Senior Examiner, New Zealand Speech Board, 1993-2005
Visiting Tutor in Voice Production, Knox Theological Hall, and School of Ministry, 1994-2004
Knox College & Salmond Hall Council member, 2001-2012
Quinquennial Fellow, Knox College, Dunedin, 2005 -
MInister Emeritus, Southern Presbytery, 31 May 2013
MUNRO, Mr J.A.
fr Queensland where he was a HM.
HM Dargaville NP 1915
Onga Onga HBP 1915 res fr HM serv 1917
MUNRO, Mr K. & Mrs
Miss Tonga - Rep 1977: ret after 2 yrs at Tonga, 1975-7
MUNRO, Rev Leanne BTh., DipNur
St. Stephen’s Presb. Church Hamilton South WkP
Lodged Certificate WnP Jan 2003
Minister within the Bounds WgP 31 May 2003
Minister (stated supply) Wadeston Wellington Presbytery 27 May 2013-30 June 2014
MUNRO, Rev. William
b. 10 May 1818 at Ardross, Parish of Rosskeen, Ross-shire, Scotland, the son of Alexander Munro & Jane McKenzie.
He never married.
From the Free Church of Scotland, came out as Probationer, his two brothers already being resident in Dunedin.
His brothers Donald and John were farmers at "Ardross Farm", Opoho, Dunedin.
Received by the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland 10.1.1867
Dunstan Goldfields 1867 for 3 months, later transferred for health reasons to Balclutha 1867
Left for Victoria, Australia 1867 on medical advice.
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria
Ordained Woodend-Newnham 2.11.1869 to 10.4.1877 – resigned due to ill health.
On Home Missionary list 1880
Died 14th Sept 1883 at Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia.
MURDOCH, Rev J. Alexander (Alex) B.A.
w Mary (Mollie) b 7.5.1909 m 20.3.1943
Raised and educated at Dunedin.
Theological Hall 1937-39
Ordained and Inducted Assistant Minsiter St Pauls Oamaru NOP 9.12.1939 – served the
northern part of the Parish which later became the Parish of Eveline.
Otepopo-Kakanui NOP 31.7.1941
Woodlands SP 2.7.1946
North East Valley, Dunedin DnP 1.9.1955
St Andrews Gore MtP 22.8.1968 - retired 30.11.1978 to Christchurch.
“In all the parishes in which he served for 39 years Alex Murdoch was a devoted pastor
and unassuming leader. He enjoyed contact with people. Those to whom he ministered
throughout the years valued his concern and friendship.
But also central to his discipleship was his preaching. It, too, was at the heart of his
ministry. For him it was crucial and he worked at it untiringly and carefully.’ (from Obit.)
Died 21 June 1999, at Christchurch.
MURDOCH, Sr Martha F.
Eldest of a family of 11 children, father died when she was 17, managed farm with her
mother and worked at Mosgiel Woollen Mills; Bible Class leader
Presbyterian Women's Training Institute 1924-1926, Ordained Deaconess 1929
On staff of Ross Home, Dunedin
Childrens Home Timaru 1927
Pukemiro-Rotowaro Waikato Presbytery as Home Missionary 1929 resigned 1932 and withdrew
Housekeeper to the Abernethy family at Waitahuna 23 years, involved in church activities
Retired to Brighton 1958 served as elder
Dunedin Deaconesses celebrated her Golden Jubilee of ordination August 1979
Died at Ross Home Dunedin 21 March 1982(?) aged 86
MURDOCH, Rev Robert Wilson B.A.
w Shirley Constance m 6.1.1970
Ord Upper Clutha (Wanaka COP) 13.2.1975
Assoc Trinity Timaru 4.12.1980 res 28.2.1986
St Andrews Gisborne supply 1986
Lodged Cert MnP 1987
Other Recognised Minister
Removed from Ministerial Roll of PCANZ, 13 August 2013
MURPHY, Rev. Dr. Robert Thomas B.A., Ph.D., P.H.F.
w Valda Whilamena m 23.1.1960
Theological Hall 1959-61
Assistant Minister, Moncrieff Parish, Church of Scotland.
Ordained Assistant Minister Trinity Nelson (St Lukes Union) 15.10.1963
St Pauls Invercargill 25.9.1969 - resigned 1.1.1973 to :
Director of Student Services, University of the South Pacific.
Director , United Church Psychotherapy centre for adolescents 1976 to 1980
Kohimarama AP 30.1.1980 - resigned 1.2.1981
Principal Rochester-Rutherford Hall Ilam University Christchurch 14.4.1981
Alexandra-Clyde-Lauder Union COP 15.12.1988
St Pauls Co-op Taumarunui (Methodist position) 19.5.1993
Minister Emeritus Jul 1997
MURRAY, Mr A.
Listed 1873 as ‘Licentiate holding official appointment’ (but the appointment not stated).
Rep 1873: he is ministering in part of the district Hogg covered formerly, between Saltwater
Creek & Hurunui River. (Amuri was part of it.)
MURRAY, Rev Dr Alexander A. D.D.
w Bertha M.D. b 3.5.1879 m 27.11.1907 d 1967
Spent some time in India with the Poona & Indian Mission before deciding to train for the
Theological Hall 1903-04, & 1906. During his training in the Hall, he studied first as a
Presbyterian student, the next session as a Baptist student (also trained in the Hall at that
time), then returned as a Presbyterian Student for the final Session.
Ord St Andrews Auckland AP 23 Jan 1908
“He was energetic and popular with the young people in his congregation. His interests
always lay in evangelical work”.
Accepted a call to Sommerville Memorial Church (AP) Dec 1911 – The St Andrew’s
Session were so firm in their wish that he would remain with them, that Rev Murray
admitted that perhaps he had been hasty in promising to accept the call. In the end he
agreed to remain at St. Andrew’s.
After a pulpit exchange with Waikaka (SP) in 1917 he received a call to that Parish. Rev
Murray felt that he had been “failing to reach the people”. The St Andrew’s Session felt
that a widening of his sphere of work would likely induce him to stay. They therefore
supported his desire to hold evening evangelical services for 3 months in the Tivoli
Theatre in Karangahape Road as an experiment, “The purpose being to reach many of
the non-church going public and lapsed Presbyterians….”. Bordering on the bounds of
St David’s, an objection was lodged with Presbytery on the grounds that the new
arrangement would interfere with their own evening services. St Andrew’s suspended
Suspended by Auckland Presbytery 10.8.1920 on account of his doctrinal views on infant
Baptism. He was baptized by immersion himself, and held increasingly strong views on
baptism of infants. The case was brought to Assembly on his appeal; appeal dismissed
on 19.11.1920; the position of Assembly on Baptism was re-iterated and AP advised
accordingly. Auckland Presbytery then suspended him sine die on 14.12.1920.
The great majority of the St Andrew’s congregation supported him for his own sake and
for the Gospel’s and some moved with him to form the “United Evangelical Church”, an
independent cause which continued for some years.
To USA :
Later went to the USA where he was readmitted into the Presbyterian Church after an
appeal to the Auckland Presbytery resulted in the lifting of the suspension.
Doe Run, Philadelphia, USA
Honey Brook, Philadeplhia, USA
To Canada :
Brookland Street Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Formed the Westminster Presbyterian Church (also in Nova Scotia) – to retirement
Died 1959, buried in South Haven Cemetery, Nova Scotia, Canada.
MURRAY, Rev Charles M.A.
b 19.6.1858 near Peterhead, Scotland
w (1) Flora Cheyne b.(?) m 31.1.1883 died and buried on Futuna Island, New Hebrides 3.1886
w (2) Grace Jane Murray, m Jan 1896, d 19 Dec 1920, aged 48
Educated at a public school in his native parish, at a Grammar School, Old Aberdeen, and at Aberdeen
University in Scotland. He gained a number of bursaries at different times.
Matriculated in 1876 and graduated M.A. in 1882.
Attended the Free Church College at Aberdeen for four years and studied medicine for three years at
Marischal College; passed his theological course with distinction. At this time he had charge of the
Students' Mission for three years.
Licensed by the Free Presbytery of Deer in 1881 and offered himself for mission work.
He decided to take the place of his brother Rev W B Murray who had served and died in the New
Hebrides (Vanuatu) as a Missionary.
Appointed by the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand (Northern) as Missionary to the New Hebrides.
Came to New Zealand (Port Chalmers) as Probationer in January 1885.
Ordained by the Presbyterian Church General Assembly (Northern) in Christchurch as Missionary to the
New Hebrides 18.2.1885. He became the second Missionary serving under the Northern Church.
After visiting the principal towns he sailed for the New Hebrides via Sydney, settling on Ambrim Island.
His wife, a daughter of Captain Cheyne, died on Futuna in March 1886
Partly owing to her death, and also on account of repeated attacks of fever and ague he resigned
on medical advice as from 17.2.1888
Leaving Ambrim in a chartered vessel, he was shipwrecked on Malo Island, being rescued after five weeks
by the Mission Schooner "Dayspring".
Returning to New Zealand, he visited most of the main Presbyterian Churches before being inducted to :
South Wairarapa (supply) 11.1888; Inducted 1.1.1889 WpP
Feilding MnP 16.11.1898 - resigned 9.1904
Sydenham Christchurch ChP 2.1906 - resigned 9.2.1919
Matawhero Gisborne GP 19.6.1919 - retired 30.11.1920
In retirement Shirley-Richmond, Christchurch ChP 1924
Clerk of Christchurch Presbytery for 11 years; Assembly Statistician for some years; Member of the Examining
Board of the Presbyterian Church, name associated with many Assembly Committees and reports.
A founder and member of the Polynesian Society.
President of the Wellington provincial Christian Endeavour Union 1895-1896.
A prominent worker in the Prohibition cause.
"... most energentic in every form of Christian and philanthropic work"
Brother of the Rev William Buchan Murray, Missionary of NSW Church in New Hebrides; Grandfather
of the Rev John Stewart Murray.
Died 16.4.1925 at Christchurch.
MURRAY, Rev Donald Hugh
Trained as a teacher and focused on bank education
w Valma Catherine m 1 October 1960
Theological Hall 1969-1971
Ordained Pukerau MtP 4 February 1972
Dargaville NP 4 March 1976
Whakatane BPP 21 January 1982
After the Edgecumbe earthquake created a resource with Rev Lester Simpson for helping out communities in
a stressful time 1987
Chaplain and Committe Member Mary Shapley Home
St James Waihi WkP 22 March 1990
Chaplain Trevellyn Hospital WkP 8 March 1994
Assistant Cambridge Union )
Cambridge Union WkP March 1994
Mercury Bay Parish, Whitianga 1995 to 2000
Minister Emeritus Feb 2000 Whakatane
Volunteer Driver Domain Centre Pohutukawa Day Care Centre, Member of Edgecumbe Choir, Pohutukawa
Probus, and Whakatane West Rotary
Christchurch September 2014
MURRAY, Sr Helen Agnes M.B.E., B.A., Dip.Ed. (Mrs D.Jackman)
h. David Jackman b. (?) m. 1946 d.1963
Spent her childhood at Lovell’s Flat, South Otago.
She trained in Teachers Training College at Dunedin then Christchurch; obtained her
BA from Otago University; then to PWTI;
Ordained as a Deaconess at Seatoun 2.12.1942
Scots College Wellington 1.2.1942 – taught in Primary Dept at Scots College and
served as Assistant to the Chaplain, the Rev D.M.Hercus.
Chaplain Columba College Dunedin 25.2.1943 - served both as a Teacher and Chaplain.
Queen Margaret College Wellington 1.2.1945 – similar positions to above.
Married Mr David Jackman, a Teacher, in 1945
“Then followed years in remote area schools. In 1954 the family moved to Murupara where
they transferred to Secondary School teaching. Three yars later the serious illness of
husband David led them to Dunedin, where he entered Hospital. They moved to
Birkenhead Auckland in 1962; David died 1963. Helen was widowed at 50, with 4 school
aged children. Helen resolutely faced the challenges of an uncertain future but eventually
obtained a position in the English Dept. at Takapuna Grammar School. After a short period
at Pakuranga College she was offered the position of Principal at Turakina Maori Girls’
College which she took up in 1971, remainig there until her retirement in 1979.
Drawn to teaching by the inspiring examples of teo of her own teachers, Helen’s enthusiasm
for her profession never faltered. She perceived teaching as a ministry to and with children
and young persons. Through a lively and stimulating encounter with English and Biblical
literature, pupils could discover and reflect upon the heights and depths of the human spirit,
be inspired towards personal integrity, and brought to a sense of self worth within a
community to which they contributed.” (fr Obit)
Principal of Turakina Maori Girls College 1971 - retired 31.12.1980 and withdrew
Died at Wellington 9.1.1994 while visiting family and friends.
MURRAY, Rev Hugh M.
Came as prob a good while before 1880.
Rep 1880: he hads been teaching for some time & resumed active service in the Ch 1879.
Ord Feilding MnP 20.5.1880 res l896
MURRAY, Miss I.
Matahi Assist 1.2.1944
MURRAY, Very Rev Ian Graeme M.A., B.D.
w Shirley Rose m 19.1.1957
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1955-57
Licensed by Presbytery of Auckland 22.12.1957
Ordained St Andrews-St Davids Rotorua 29.5.1958
Tokoroa WkP 11.2.1965
St Columba Pakuranga AP 3.9.1970 - Retired 1987
Evangelism Co-ordinator, Mission Resource Team, Auckland 22.2.1990
Moderator of the General Assembly 1994
Minister Emeritus Jan 1998
Transitional Ministry Glendowie 10.1999-7.2000
Son of the Very Rev JS Murray
MURRAY, Rev Ivan A. J.P., BTh., BTh(Pastoral)., DipGrad.(Hist), DipMin., DipCS, ANZIM
Theological Hall 1991
Ordained Palmerston-Dunback NOP 14.2.1993
Moderator of Presbytery of North Otago
Minister Emeritus DnP 9 April 2002
MURRAY, Mr J.
His intention to enter ministry first noted 1887.
Ross WsP student 1899
Riwaka NMP student 1900 - no further mention.
MURRAY, Mr J.D.
Artisan Missionary - New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Appointed as temporary Carpenter to New Hebrides from 3 Sept 1952
Left for New Hebrides 15 Sept 1952
Rep 1954: he is a carpenters apprentice.
He returned to NZ 27 Mar 1954 to complete his training.
MURRAY, Rev J. Graeme BA., BD., ACANZ, ACIS., Dip.CG&C.
w Brenda Rosalie m 1.1.1966
Ordained Pukekohe, Honorary Part-time Minister SAP 13.4.1983; Honorary Associate
South Auckland Health (Assoc) Hospital Chaplain SAP Dec 1997
MURRAY, Mr James Ross B.Agr.Sc.
w Joyce May nee Hogg b 20.1.1913 m 16.12.1936 trained at Deaconess College c 1934
Sister Joyce was posted to Te Awamutu, returned to Dunedin to marry.
Missionary - trained at Massey University; offered his services to the Maori Missions
Te Whaiti Maori Boys Training Farm, app 1.1.1937, though official opening was
postponed until 9.1937 on account of infantile paralysis epidemic, which caused
closing of all schools. Master & Matron of Training Farm; resigned 1941 & withdrew.
Died 3 July 2003
MURRAY, Miss Jeanette R. Mrs D. Bruerton
Educated at Takapuna Grammar School. Attended University also studying music.
Gained a Teachers “C” certificate
Missionary - Papua New Guinea – short term appointment from 1 Jan 1963
To All Saints College Sydney for short training course 1963
Teacher beginning 3 year term at Mailu PNG 7.1963
Appointed to District Education at Mailu
“Own Missionary” of St Alban’s Christchurch
Returned to NZ 11.3.1966 and off staff
Married Mr D. Bruerton 1966
MURRAY, The Very Rev. John Stewart M.A. (NZ), M.A.(Cantab), ONZM.
b 5.11.1929, family of Scottish descent.
w Shirley Erena Cockroft (of Invercargill) m 20.7.1954 at Cambridge UK.
Educated at St Clair School, Kings High School, undertook MA studies at Otago University.
(first class Honours in Latin).
Theological Hall Dunedin (special student) 1952
Overseas for further styudy at King's College, Cambridge United Kingdom.
Graduated MA Canterbury 1954
Studied at Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.
Ordained St David's Taihape WgP 14.6.1956 - resigned 31.1.1962
Ecumenical Chaplain to Victoria University & Wellington Teachers' College 1.2.1962
Involved in the protest against the Vietnam War
Knox Church Christchurch ChP 30.11.1967
Co-founded CARE [Citizens for Racial Equality], Christchurch, leading protest against apartheid sport.
Worked with HART [Halt all Racial Tours] & involved with the NZ Race Relations Council. Co-founded
"BOYCOTT" to stop the All Blacks tour of South Africa 1985.
St Andrews on the Terrace Wellington WnP 20.2.1975 to 1993
St Andrew's became a centre for social / political debate / action.
Founded the St Andrew's Music Trust & the St Andrew's Trust for Religion & Society.
Convener of the National Presbyterian Public Questions Committee.
With Barbara Goodman, Auckland, National Co-ordinator of REPEAL v. Abortion Law.
Involved with Amnesty International.
Founder and Chairperson of the NZ Hymnbook Trust, promoting and publishing New Zealand Hymns
and songs for all Churches.
Actively engaged in the fight to save Historic Buildings and sites including the Bolton Street Cemetery
and 22 The Terrace.
A strong supported of the 1985 Homosexual Law Reform Bill.
Churchill Fellow, studying 'centre city churches' in Britian & North America, 1988
Co-founder & Chairperson of Te Kakano o te Aroha Marae Trust, Moera, Lower Hutt, 1988.
Moderator of The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand 1990 and
presided at the 150th anniversary celebrations.
Chairperson of the national co-ordinating World Court Project committee to outlaw nuclear weapons
at the International Court of Justice.
Manager & Chief Editor of "Alleluia Aotearoa", the first book of NZ hymns for all NZ churches, 1993
Minister Emeritus 20.7.1993, retired from active Ministry and moved to Raumati (Kapiti Coast).
President of Frederic Wallis House, an ecumenical Retreat Centre in Lower Hutt
National co-convener of Abolition 2000 NZ movement to eliminate all nuclear weapons.
A World Church peace monitor for the first post apartheid democratic election in South Africa, 1994.
Published "Songs of Praise from Aotearoa", the first video of NZ Hymns, 1999; and published "Faith
Forever Singing", 80 new NZ Hymns, 2000.
Awarded the ONZM (Officer of the NZ Order of Merit) for service to the community, 2000.
Appointed member of the Race Relations Sector Advisory Group of the New Zealand Human Rights
Since 2000 has actively worked towards initiating local Kapiti Coast civic/community celebrations of
Waitangi Day; been part of an inter-Iwi group promoting better race relations between different local
ethic groups; continued to co-ordinate the work of Amnesty International; part of a Kapiti Coast group
who petioned Parliament in 2003 not to take NZ into the Gulf War; from 1993 tutored Kapiti U3A
[University of the Third Age] on religious / political / social affairs; founding Trustee of "Dignity NZ Trust"
for law change on End-of-Life decisions [voluntary euthanasia].
Grandson of the Rev Charles Murray.
MURRAY, Rev J.S.
Otautau Waiono Union SP 1.2.1980 to 31.1.1985
Thames Union WkP 1.2.1993
MURRAY, Very Rev. John Stanley (Stan) M.A.
w Emma Wishart nee Polson b 11.11.1905 m 11.11.1930, sister of Rev I.R. Polson
Theological Hall 1927-29
Ordained locum tenens Gisborne 20.12.1929
Ordained by Presbytery Commission in St Pauls Napier
Queenstown COP 4.12.1930
Kelburn WnP 4.10.1934
St Andrews Ashburton 18.6.1941
Overseas Missions Committee Secretary Auckland 8.2.1949 - retired 31.1.1969
He encouraged and assisted the great expansion of education in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
after WW2 for 12 yrs, then Don Duncan took over. Education was essential if self-government
was to be a success, and the Church saw that secondary education was made available through
Onesua High School. Onesua was the first secondary school in the Island Group; its Headmaster
was Ian Gray. They planned the school on wild land, 40 miles from the nearest town. The land
was was bush and had to be cleared.
Moderator of the General Assembly l963
“There has never been a finer hour in the Mission of our Church than this period (when Stan
was Secretary of Overseas Missions) when in every sphere of mission enterprise the tides of change
were flowing in: India, Hong Kong, Indonesia,Singapore, China, and Vanuatu; political, social,
educational and religious issues of the of the greatest importance were evolving and our Missionaries
were guiding, encouraging and inspiring those who were laying the foundations of the Asia and
Pacific of today. By his wise counsel and his frequent visits, sometimes at considerable personal
danger, Stan Murray exercised the true pastoral function of a bishop; and by his writing and speaking
enabled the Church at home to share in this great adventure.”(O.T. Baragwanath).
Father of the Very Rev IG Murray.
MURRAY, Rev John (Jack) Walter M.A.,S.T.M.(Union)
b 16.4.1907 at Opotiki.
w (1) Heather Jane b 15.9.1916 m 8.1.1944 d 4.1974
w (2) Suzanne Vernon b 23.12.1921 m 8.12.1976
Brought up on the family dairy farm at Opotiki. Studied at Auckland University where he completed an M.A. degree.
Served in the Fifth Field Ambulance during World War Two, being among the NZ forces evacuated from Crete.
Took up theology studies at New College Edinburgh, then at Union Theological
Seminary in New York USA, where he completed his S.T.M.
Licensed by Presbytery of Edinburgh at St. John’s Church, Tolbooth, Edinburgh 3.6.1947
Received by the Presb. Church of NZ as a probationer 1948
Ordained East Coast Bays NSP 3.7.1948 to 28.10.1932
Lansdowne Masterton WpP 28.10.1953
Stratford TkP 15.10.1959 - resigned 23.12.1967
Chaplain John McGlashan College Dunedin 8.2.1968 - retired 30.11.1978
Assistant part-time Minister Mairangi & Castor Bays NSP 9.1979
Retired to Cheltenham Brach, Devonport.
“Jack often quoted his theology professor from Edinburgh, John Baillie,
to the effect that ‘At the heart of things there is that which is more like a
father’s loving heart than like anything else we know’. Jack’s three ‘As If’
sermons … positively reinterpreted Christian doctrines and statements as
symbols and metaphors for what was at the heart of things. All this was
done to help people make sense of their lives using Biblical and christian
symbolism. Jack was a ‘liberal’ in outlook, but at the same time he was
deeply attached to the Bible and Christian doctrine. This meant that he
was able to get on well with people whose views were very different
from his own. He was a profound thinker, who could help people both
inside and outside the church think about the meaning of their lives
and the significance of death. He felt very much part of nature, which
filled him with a sense of awe and wonder. He shared his spiritual quest
with many, as he searched for ever more the true ways of understanding
and interacting with the power of goodness that he believed was at the
heart of the universe.
Jack was a very caring, loving, hospitable man, with a great sense of
humour.” (from Obit.)
MURRAY, Sr Mary Isabel (Sr Isabel) Mrs D. McCallum
b 22.9.1914 at Opotiki
h. Mac McCallum m. 1958 d. 1970 (suddenly)
Completed her secondary education at Palmerston North Girls High School and qualified for teacher
training. However the depression years meant that she was required to continue working on the family
farm and later when two brothers were serving in the forces overseas during World War Two. During
this period she became involved in Sunday School and Bible Classes which were led by her Father
in their own home.
Maori Mission - Waimana 1.4.1945
Attended Auckland Teachers College 1946 and after graduation taught at Taneatua. It was while
teaching there that she felt called to train as a Deaconess.
Deaconess College, Dunedin 1946-48
Maori Mission - Matahi Mission School as Teacher 1.2.1949 – served here for 10 years
Ordained Deaconess 6.12.1949 - resigned 31.1.1956
After Matahi was absorbed into the State School System, she taught at Apanui School in
“After the death of her husband in 1970, Isabel continued to live at Ohope where the church was
her greatest love. For many years she led the Sunday School, became an Elder of the Whakatane
Parish, conducted worship services, as well as being involved in the Association of Presbyterian
At Ohope she is remembered for her pastoral work and as a strong ambassador for the Christian
faith. She represented the parish on the National Council for Women for over 20 years and was
made a life member in 1991.
Her life can be summed up in the words of Micah chapter 6 verse 8 “What doth the Lord require of
thee but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
(From Memorial Minute – edited)
Died 4 March 2006
MURRAY, Rev Peter McGregor
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
Formerly a Farmer, Policeman and accomodation house proprietor then entered the
Home Missionary service in 1916, did not take the HM course.
HM Terrace End, Palmerston North 1916
Palmerston North Outfields 1918; Ord HM 1920
Greytown WpP 1920
Frasertown GP 1920
Apiti WgP 1925
Mangaweka - Rewa WgP 1930
Manawatu South (Shannon MnP) 1937 - retired 31.1.1940
Died 24.8.1955 Palmerston North
MURRAY, Rev Robert (Bob) William O.B.E., B.A.(Otago)
b 5.7.1912 Dunedin;
w Jessie Bernice Sauer b 1.4.1913 Daughter of a farmer, Waimate m 5.1.1939. Jessie wanted to
do general nursing, she was refused due to tuberculosis in the family and did TB training instead.
She moved to Timaru while Bob was a Chaplain to Military Forces and had to find accomodation
and a job on her own. Jessie completed a maternity nursing course at Timaru hospital while
caring for their first daughter, and 18 months nursing at Waipiata Sanatorium.
Bob educated at Lovell’s Flat Primary School, South Otago High School and Otago University
where he gained his B.A. degree.
Theological Hall l934-36
Ordained Patearoa-Waipiata COP 11.2.1937 - resigned 31.3.1942
Appointed Chaplain to Military Forces 1.4.1942 - served in NZ, New Caledonia & the Solomon
Clevedon SAP 21.12.1944 - resigned 1947
Missionary New Hebrides (Vanuatu) Appointed 7 April 1947 - left NZ 29.3.1947
Appointed to Tongoa, in place of Rev J.G. Miller 5.5.1947 with responsibility also for Tongariki
and Buninga. Responsible for assisting in conduct of Sunday Services, weekly prayer meetings,
fortnightly Christian Endeavour meetings, supervision of village schools and the district school at
Tongoa, (including teaching of staff). Also instructs and trains Elders, Teachers and Deaconesses
As well as carrying out extensive medical work.
Furlough to NZ 1949. Family returned to Tongoa 1950.
1 year sabbatical in NZ - deputation. Jessie updated her knowledge Queen Mary Maternal Hospital,
Nguna & North Efate 1957, in place of Rev K. Crump; to School of Linguistics Australia Jan to Mar 1957;
became fluent in Ngunese; encouraged local people to build Silimauri Health Centre, and to invite NZ
Church to send a Nursing Sister, many villages encouraged to build new Churches. A member of the
Onesua High School Council and acted as Secretary for nine years. Encourgaged continuing interest
in education and the opening of the Ulei Primary School.
Rev Murray shared fully in the development of the newly inaugurated Presbyterian Church of the New
Hebrides, served on a number of its committees, and was actively involved in the work of the Central
Islands Presbytery. Moderator of Assembly New Hebrides Church 1951
He translated the Bible into the Nguna & Tongoa language, ‘Tusi Tapu’ completed 1971 and
Took a keen interested in ecumenical matters and was instrumental in having a unique joint Protestant
And Catholic worship centre built at Forari.
Member of the Advisory Council of the New Hebrides, and because of his fluency in the French
Language, his advice was often sought by the Reisdent Commissioners. Took an active part in
Various community activities in Vila, including being a member of the Vila Cricket Club in which he
encouraged young New Hebrideans to play.
Awarded an OBE by the Queen in 1969 for his service to the people of the New Hebrides.
Retired from overseas Missions service 31.3.1972
Stayed on in the New Hebrides and took up secular employment in Vila. Member of the Port Vila
Community Council, the Vila Kirk Session, the Port Vila Kiwanas Club, and as a result of his
encouragement the Murray Hostel was built in Vila for young people coming to Vila from other parts
of the islands.
Jessie worked as PA to the manager of Burns Philp for 5-6 years – a job she really enjoyed. She was
very active in Red Cross and church work. She was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her
services to the country.
Bob finally returned to Havelock North NZ in July 1978, after a service of 31 years in Vanuatu.
Off Mission Staff 31.3.1972
Bob died 16.8.1979 suddenly at his home in Havelock North after having just returned from a holiday
visit back to Vanuatu.
Jessie was St Columba's Church Secretary for Michael Thawley, and Hawkes Bay Presbytery Clerk until
She went into Kirkpatrick House and Duart Elder Care Centre 16 July 2005, died 29 August 2013.
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu passed a memorial minute for the life of
Jessie Bernice Murray and the missionary work with Rev. Bob Murray on Tongoa and Nguna from 1947-
1972, dated 11 September 2014.
MURRAY, Rev Wallace Bruce
w Marilyn Frances m 27.1.1968
Theological Hall 1968-70
Ordained Merrivale-Waiau SP 4.2.1971
West Harbour United DnP 1.12.1977
Halkett (Kirwee ChP) 3.6.1982
St Lukes Union Nelson 9.6.1989
Minister Emeritus Jun 1999
MURRAY, Rev William Tullibardine
Formerly a Teacher
HM Hanmer ChP 1915
Ordained Home Missionary 1917
Normanby TkP 4.1919
Died early l923, lost his life while climbing Mt Egmont
MUSHET, Rev Alvin Mulford B.A.
b 24.2.1934 Wellington
w Margaret Helen b 3.5.1939 m 14.1.1961 d 14.6.1994
Educated at Scots College Wellington and Victoria University Wellington.
Theological Hall 1957-59
Ordained Greytown WpP 4.2.1960
Army Chaplain Burnham 20.8.1964
Army Chaplain Malaya 1968-9
Army Chaplain Waiouru 1971
Army Chaplain Papakura 14.12.1974
Principal Army Chaplain 1977
Army Chaplain, Army Command Wellington 14.2.1978 - discharged 1980
St Stephens-St Aidans Lower Hutt WnP SS 7.1980
Inducted Associate Minister 19.2.1981
Son of Mr L.B. Mushet below.
Died 27.7.1981 Lower Hutt in office, aged 47
MUSHET, Mr Lancelot Buchanan (Lance) F.R.A.N.Z.
In Health Dept; joined the Presbyterian Church Office 1.1926
General Treasurer of the Presbyterian Church of NZ Appointed 4.7.1941
He did much work in furthering the New Life Movement
‘was a stirring and inspired leader.’
Father of Rev A.M. Mushet above
Died 23.12.1955 in office.
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