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BOWMAN [Bauman] , Rev. Dr. Harold Otto B.A.,Ph.D.(Edin)
b 15.5.1904, NZ
w Doreen Barbara b 15.3.1901 m 5.1.1929
Born Hawera; at 16 he left home to be seaman on a Union Steam Ship Company vessel;
for short time only as his parents persuaded him to return home, go back to school and
get his matriculation. On completing that he joined the Public Trust, and from 1921-31
he served in Whangarei, Auckland, and Hamilton. In this period he became actively
engaged in Church activities, was a lay preacher and then became a Home Missionary.
He was Chaplain for two years in the Army at Burnham, and at Forbury Park; he was
Port Chaplain for the British Sailors Society. He had a strong sense of history; played
an important part in the writing of ‘Port Chalmers – Gateway to Otago’. He had a long
association with the Masonic Lodge - member 1928, Master 1970, Grand Chaplain 1970.
HM Richmond AP (Grey Lynn, St Mungos) 1.4.1931 (7 month term)
Broad Bay, Otago Peninsula DnP 1932 (1 year term)
Sawyers Bay Dunedin DnP 1933 (while in Hall)
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1933-35
Licensed by Presbytery of Dunedin 1935
Changed his name from Otto Bauman to Harold Bowman in 1935 “to make things easier”.
Ordained Maheno NOP 10.12.1935
Port Chalmers DnP 24.4.1941 - resigned 20.4.1951
To Edinburgh University and United Kingdom, PhD 1953
Balmoral, Auckland AP 30.9.1954 - retired 30.6.1969
Convenor of Assembly Statistics Committee 1938-
Died 29.12.1987, aged 83
BOYCE, Miss J. Mrs Preece
Turakina Maori Girls Coll, app sewing & dressmaking mistress 1917; after Sr Agnes resigned
in December 1920 appointed Matron from February 1921. She was married in vacation 1920-21
& returned as Mrs Preece, Matron; husband was useful in school & outside. Resigned June 1923
BOYD, Rev Andrew Gray
He had studied in Glasgow
Arrived in New Zealand 1858
HM Isla Bank SP
Licensed by Prebytery of Clutha
Ordained by Presbytery of Clutha 1877
Ordained Alexandra COP 28.3.1877- resigned 10.4.1878
South Dunedin DnP 1880 - resigned march 1882 - to USA
Died 11.8.1915 in Oregon USA
BOYD, Rev Douglas Campbell
b 6.11.1922 in Scotland
w Rene b 8.2.1925 m 4.9.1946
Emigrated to New Zealand with his parents when aged 3 years, his Father being a miner at Ohai.
Attended School at Ohai and Invercargill the worked as a farm hand. Offered for service during
World War two and saw service in the Egypt, Tunisia and Italy campaigns.
After the war worked as an Accountant for various stock firms in Invercargill, becoming members
of North Invercargill Presbyterian Church. Responded to an urgent call for Ministry trainees and
moved to Dunedin with his wife and family to train for the ministry.
Theological Hall 1958-59 (special course)
Ordained Grants Braes Dunedin DnP 26.11.1959
St Davids Sydenham Christchurch ChP 8.7.1965
St Columba Naenae WnP 4.9.1969
Chalmers Timaru 23.9.1976
Iona Aranui Christchurch ChP 26.8.1982 - retired 31.1.1988
“As a parish minister in each different parish, he gave 100% to make the parish ‘go’. During his
time at St David’s, he convened the Assembly’s Christian Education Committee. He and Rene
continued their special interest with young people at Chalmers, Timaru, where they ran a very
diverse youth group which young people enjoyed. A former member of that youth group said
‘Doug challenged us to live our daily life continually being aware of God’s presence in all creation,
in other people, and in the world around us, and to be committed members of His body, the Church.’
At Aranui they worked hard and built up a fine, caring and Christ-centred fellowship. Earlier, he
and Rene trained as Marriage Guidance Counsellors, and made their time available to assist people
having difficulty with their marriage relationship. Doug had a very pleasant way with people and
was greatly loved in every parish. He was straight and honest, and people respected his fine qualities.
He was always well prepared with his pulpit work that was much appreciated, as was a dedicated
pastor who had great empathy with people especially those in need. Retirement did not mean the
end of Doug’s ministry. He was a willing member of Presbytery and often served as Interim
Moderator during vacancies. He helped by leading study circles, leading worship and caring for
people.” (From Obit.)
Died 27 Nov 2002
BOYD, Rev David Kirkland (Tim)
b 20.8.1900; w Jessie Winifred b 1.1.1901 m 30.1.1930 d 27.11.1984
Parents fr N Irel; came to NZ & farmed; Tim b at Levels Sth Cant.
Ord Malvern ChP 1.12.1927
Queenstown COP 9.5.1935
Waikari ChP 10.3.1944
Lyttelton ChP 16.5.1951
Trinity Ashburton 7.4.1960 ret 31.1.1966
He edited Outlook for a time on the death of P. Smith;
edited Forum for a time.(mag for mins)
Died 9.9.1982 Ashburton, aged 82
BOYD, Rev James Hall
b 23.4.1886,Glasgow, Scotland
w (1) - no information
w (2) Edna Helena b 24.6.1893 m 4.10.1922 d 16.6.1982
Came to NZ as a young man; had trained as engineer in John Browns Shipyard
Glasgow also as Head of Department in a wholesale warehouse; attended Bible
Training Institute at Glasgow.
Joined Home Missionary service 1916. Exempted from HM Course on account of
training in BTI Glasgow.
HM Port Ahuriri HBP 1916; Ord HM Dec 1917 - resigned 1918 to NZEF
Upon discharge from forces to :
Whangamomona TkP 1919
Terrace End, Palmerston Nth 1920 res 1923 and withdrew
Inglewood TkP 1924 - reaccepted
Point Chevalier AP 1928
Mangapapa-Kaiti GP 1931
Woodville MnP 1936
New Lynn AP 1939
Mangere AP 1946
Birkenhead NSP 1947 - retired 30.4.1951
BOYD, Rev John Shaw
From the United Presb. Church of Scotland, trained at the United Presb. Church Hall.
To Australia –
Ordained Essendon/Keilor, Presb. Church of Victoria, 14 Jul 1962 (from 1863 Essenden only) – resigned 1 Oct 1872
Moss Vale, Presb. Church of New South Wales, 1880-1881
Cootamundra/Temora (supply) 1882-1883
To New Zealand -
Received from Presbytery of Sydney 1883
Inducted into Hamilton WkP 22.10.1885 - resigned 7.6.1887
Retired to New South Wales, Australia 1893.
BOYD, Rev Robert Cunningham
b 18.3.1874 Dundee, Scotland
w Jessie White b 19.11.1869 m 2.4.1900 d 5.5.1957
Elder at Martyrs United Presbyterian Church, Dundee and Home Missionary in
the UF Church in Scotland for 8 years; formerly a Colporteur; came to NZ as
HM under scheme with Dr Gibb 1921; in World War One he served with the
YMCA in France for 2 years.
HM Orepuki SP 1921; Ord HM 21.5.1921
Nightcaps SP 1924
Stewart Island SP Apr 1928
Waikaia MtP 1931 - retired 31.3.1938, as he had become partially blind.
BOYLE, Rev James Patterson
Theological Hall 1913-15
Licensed by Hawkes Bay Presbytery 10.12.1915
Ord Mahurangi (Warkworth NSP) 2.2.1916 - resigned 30.10.1917 to enlist in NZEF
during World War One; on return from Military service went into private life.
Died 28.4.1939 at Havelock North
BOYNE, Mr William Sumner & Mrs Margaret Ann
b. Hamilton. Educated at King’s College, Auckland and Auckland Teachers Training College.
w. Margaret Ann Scott b.Waihi m. 1955. Educated at Matamata College, Nelson College,
and Auckland Training College.
Set apart for Missionary service by South Auckland Presbytery 10.12.1965
Missionaries New Hebrides (Vanuatu) - Teachers
To All Saints College Sydney January 1966 in preparation for missionary work;
To Vanuatu 25.11.1966. Appointed to Napagasale District School, Tongoa
Retired 31.12.1971 (Mrs Boyne retired 7.2.1970)
BOYNTON, Miss Marie
Maori Miss - Matahi Miss School, Assist Teacher 1.4.1937,
completed service 31.1.1938
BRABYN, Mr J.W.
HM Waimate Outfields SCP 1909
BRABYN, Rev William Tilden (or Teldon)
b 5.6.1878, NZ
w Isabella Purvis b 18.11.1907 m 17.1.1929
(Isabella, [known as Ann?] remarried 9.12.1972 to become Mrs K.P. Lilly d 1982.
Under the non-de-plume of “Cousin Ann” she edited the Children’s column
in “The Outlook” for many years.)
Farmed at Milburn till he was 41 and then offered himself for Home
Missionary work, joined HM service 1916. Took part of the HM course.
Sefton 3 months (Supply)
HM Kihi Kihi WkP 10.1919, Ord HM 1.3.1921
Tirau WkP 1926
Kaikohe NP 1931
Te Kuiti WkP 1935
Kati Kati BPP 1942
East Coast Bays Auckland NSP 1946 ret 31.1.1948
BRADBURN, Mr William (Bill) & Mrs Kathy
Miss - builder; did repairs to Helena Goldie Hosp, Solomon Is 1989.
BRADDOCK, Mr H.
HM Okato TkP 1910
Kumara WsP 1911
BRADDOCK, Miss Mavis Ellen
b 20.9.1917 at Blenheim
Educated at Blenheim Primary School, Blenheim Intermediate School &
Served in Wairau Hospital for some time.
Maori Mission -
Appointed Teacher at Turakina Maori Girls’ College, Marton 17.7.1950 - resigned 30.4.1965
Presbyterian Social Services Association (PSSA) Wellington 1.1.1968 - resigned 30.11.1974
PSSA Wellington (re-appointed) 10.9.1975 - retired 31.1.1981
BRADLEY, Rev Douglas W. BSc, Dip Teaching, BTh (Hon), DipMin
Theological Hall 2006-2007
Ordained and Inducted Glendowie, Auckland AP Jan 2008
BRADLEY, Rev Frederick James B.Soc.Sc.,Dip.Ed.S.T.,Dip.Th.,A.C.A.
w Patricia Louise m 25.6.1966
Theological Hall 1970-72
Ordained Ruawai Co-op NP 8.2.1973 - resigned 31.1.1978 and withdrew.
Honorary Assistant Knox Hamilton 1984 (for 1 year)
Honorary Assistant Howick Auckland AP 11.1987
Minister within the Bounds AP Dec 2001
BRAKE, Miss Merle
Assist David Hogg Mem Hostel Whakatane 1.9.1949 res 31.12.1950
BRAME, Rev Leslie (Les) Alfred B.A. Hons; M.A. Hons; M.A.(Cantab)
b 26.10.1914 at Stowupland, East Suffolk, England
w Elizabeth (Judy) Gladys Worthington b. 6.11.1910 m. 7.6.1941 d.21.11.2001
Educated at local Elementary School and Stowmarket Secondary School.
Accepted for Ministry training in 1934 and studied at Fitzwilliam Hall,
Cambridge University and Cheshunt College under the Congregational
Union of England, Wales and Scotland.
Accepted by the London Missionary Society for Missionary service in China
Ordained and Commissioned for Mission service in China at Congregational
Church in Stowmarket 21 June 1939.
Undertook studies in Chinese language and culture at School of Oriental and
African Studies at Cambridge till Dec 1939.
Travelled to Peking (now Beijing) China via Suez under strict war conditions early 1940.
Married Judy Worthington of the ‘Society for the Propagation of the Gospel’ (Anglican)
in Beijing Cathedral June 1941.
Due to advance of Japanese Military Forces, sought refuge at Jiading in Szechwan
Province reached by a long circuitous trip via Shanghai, Gulangsu, boat to Hong Kong,
Singapore and Rangoon, then overland through Burma to Kunming in China, then taken
by a Friends Ambulance Unit by truck to Chengdu and lastly by bus to Jiading.
Remained at Jiading (Leshan) for five years, being the United Church of Canada Missions
Assisted with district Evangelistic work then with the Mission Hospital administration work.
Became involved with Evangelistic and relief work among students at Wuhan University
which had relocated to Jiading.
Due again to advancing Japanese forces into Szechwan Province, travelled to India , being
taken to the LMS Misison Headquarters at Calcutta, remaining there for 7 months.
Left for England from Bombay via Suez, arriving at Plymouth the night before V-J Day,
15 August 1945.
Carried out deputation work for the LMS, took on a teaching position at a private School
and worked in the Selly Oak Missions Library in Birmingham.
Appointed as District Missionaries in Western Samoa, including Educational work at
Leulumoega Fou Boys’ High School.
Left England for Western Samoa Aug 1946, travelling via NZ.
After two years appointed by the Samoan Church as Director of Education and given the
the added responsibility of oversight for Teacher Training and all Village and District Schools.
Spent regular furloughs in New Zealand, and arrived permanently 3rd August 1959.
Involved in establishing a Congregational Church at Papatoetoe and lectured in Old
Testament Prophets at the Congregational Theological College of New Zealand, and
appointed as acting Principal during 1969 until the College closed.
Inducted to Mt Eden View Road Congregational Church Auckland 15 August 1960.
Involved in the Committee for Church Union, the formation of the Inter-Church Counselling
Service, the Joint Chaplaincy to Auckland University, the Inter-Church Committee on
Theological Training and the Charismatic Renewal Movement.
Congregational Church - Entered PCNZ with the Congregational Church at the General
Assembly in 1969
Associate Minister St James Auckland AP 1969 - retired 31.3.1975
Died April 2009, aged 94 years.
BRANDON, Rev Brian Raymond B.Hort.Sc., B.Theol.
m. Elaine Claire Isdale 10.5.1969 at St Andrews, Hastings
Massey University Hort. Sc. Degree 1962-66
Dept Agriculture Horticultural Advisory Officer, Hastings 1967-1970
Horticulturalist @ Christian Leaders Training College, Papua New Guinea 1970-74
Theological Hall 1975-77
Ord Petone Assoc WnP 4.12.1977
Westside Hamilton WaiP 2.3.1983
St Martins Papatoetoe SAP 1.2.1990 - Retired from parish 31.12.2008
Chairman Luis Palau Waikato Mission 1987
Member of Presbyterian AFFIRM Council 1993-
Chairman VisionNet 1997-2003 (Part of Vision Network of NZ)
Moderator of Presbytery of South Auckland 2001 and 2002
Board member Daystar Magazine 2001-2009
International Secretary of Victorious Ministry Through Christ, 2001-
National Secretary of Victorious Ministry Through Christ NZ 1996-2009
President Victorious Ministry Through Christ NZ, 2009-
HM Railway Station Catlins ClP 1912
BRASH, Very Rev Alan Anderson O.B.E., M.A., B.D.(Edinburgh), D.D.
b Lower Hutt 5.6.1913;
w Eljean Ivery nee Hill b 27.7.1909 m 23.11.1938 d 30.3.1991
Educated at Scots and Rongotain Colleges, Wellington. Studied Philosophy at Otago
University graduating with a Master of Arts Degree. Given permission to take Theology
course in Edinburgh and left in 1935 to go to New College where he graduated with a
Bachelor of Divinity degree and then a Doctorate of Divinity from Knox College,
In Scotland in 1937, he took part in the formation of the World Council of Churches.
Ordained St Andrews, Wanganui WgP 20.10.1938
He was here during the war years when his pacifist convictions often made his voice a
lonely one both in the church and in society.
Applied for Mission service in China and accepted 27.8.1946; hoped to sail soon for
Union Theological College, Canton - resigned as the Chinese Church was now moving
towards Government imposed self-sufficiency in staff and resources after the
Communist takeover of Kwantung Province.
St Andrew’s, Wanganui WgP 31.1.1947
General Secretary of National Council of Churches, Christchurch 2.1947
St Giles Papanui Christchurch ChP 31.1.1952 - resigned 23.1.1956
General Secretary National Council Churches Christchurch (2nd time) 23.1.1956
Served on the Board of Governors of Cashmere High School from 1958 to 1960 and
On the Christchurch Marriage Guidance Council from 1957 to 1962.
Inter-Church Aid Secretary for the East Asia Christian Conference(EACC), Singapore
Director of Christian Aid for the British Council of Churches, London 1968 to 1970
Director of Commission on Inter-Church Aid, Refugee and World Service of the
World Council of Churches 1970 to 1974.
(He had already been assisting the EACC before taking up this position)
Deputy General Secretary World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva 1973 –
Moderator of the General Assembly 1978/79
“A strong pacifist, prominent for many years in the Ecumenical Movement in New
Zealand. Awarded the O.B.E. in 1962 in recognition of forging closer links between
New Zealand and Asia.”
“Dr Brash was passionate about peace and justice and was the face of Ecumenism.
He was a forthright and strong Preacher who believed in the Family of Humanity”
“A concern for justice for all people; a conviction that the Church should never
forget that it is called to serve the poor of the world; and unwavering commitment
to pacifism and the search for peace; and a life-long commitment to ecumenism and
the unity of the Church were all hallmarks of Alan Brash’s life. He saw these as
challenges that should confront all who confess to follow Jesus Christ and he was
absolute and fearless in his resolve to walk in that way.” (from Obit.)
Son of Mr Thomas C Brash, a Lay Moderator of the Presb. Church of NZ.
Died at Christchurch 24 August 2002, aged 89 years.
BRASH, Rev Edward Alexander (Ted) B.A.
w Marion Louisa m 6.1.1960
Marion President of the Association of Presbyterian Women (APW).
Theological Hall 1959-61
Ord Kowai ChP (Sefton) 8.2.1962
Trinity Ashburton 18.8.1966
Stratford TkP 15.2.1976 res 15.1.1983
He went to NSW on account of the rejection of Ch Union by the NZ Chs, which he felt was
urgent & important; he wanted to be a part of it in his lifetime.
Cootamundra NSW 1983
East Maitland Newcastle NSW 8.1989
Rongotea – Sanson Co-operating MnP Sep 1995
Minister Emeritus Sept 1998
Died Sept 2012
BRASH, Mr Thomas Cuddie C.B.E.,A.P.A.N.Z.
b 29.11.1873 Saddle Hill Dn; w Margaret Henrietta nee Allan,
of Taieri, b 14.2.1881 m 17.7.1901 d 1961
He commenced work in a dairy factory in Taieri, & rose through various positions of
responsibility in different parts of NZ to become 1st Sec of Dairy Control Board, a
position he held for 23 yrs. He was a member of the NZ Fruitgrowers Federation
fr 1921; & its President fr 1924-46.
He was an elder for over 50 yrs in several congs; a leader in the BC Movement from
its early yrs; & later its President. He was active in the Coms of the Ass & Pr; a Ch
Property Trustee for 37 yrs, & its Chairman for 12 yrs; Chmn of Ass Finance Com
for many yrs. He was deeply interested in the ecumenical movt; Chmn of Nat Miss
Council; memb of Inter-Ch Council on Public Affairs; represented NZ at 1st Ass
of WCC at Amsterdam 1948; he had a profound knowledge of the Ch in all its
aspects, & worked with enthusiasm for its welfare.
Mod Ass 1944 - the 2nd layman to hold the office (1st was Hon J.G.W. Aitken).
Father of Rev AA Brash.
BRAUN, Rev Dick
Maheno-Otepopo NOP SS for one yr fr 6.1992
BRAZENDALE, Rev A. M.A.
Te Atatu Union AP 2.1973
BREACH, Mr (Rev) Moses Soames (Resigned from Ministry)
Upper Kaipara NP 1865
New Plymouth TkP 1872 – ‘loosed from charge’ 1882
An enquiry into a fire which destroyed the Church determined that the fire had been lit by
some unknown incendiary (traces of an accellerant were found). Suspicion rested heavily
on the Minister, the Rev Moses S. Breach who had fallen out with his congregation due to
differences of opinion and Church attendance had consequently dropped off alarmingly.
After due consideration Presbytery resolved "That Mr Breach be now loosed from the
Pastorate of New Plymouth congregation". Instead of appearing before Presbytery as
requested he simply tendered his resignation. He was therefore declared no longer a
Minister of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.
The "Hawkes Bay Herald" reported the following event which took place six years later
on the 2 June 1888 :
"New Plymouth - A most disgraceful scene occurred today at the Presbyterian Church
here. Mr Breach, who was minister several years at the old church (since burned down)
has suddenly asserted some claim to the new building for alleged arrears of salary. He
took possession of the church on Thursday, taking off the lock and putting on a new
one, and placing a padlock on the gate....... Then a scuffle ensued between the Police and
Mr Breach which ended in Mr Breach, after considerable difficulty, being ejected from
the premises. A watchman has been placed in the building all night to guard against
another attempt on the part of Mr Breach to take possession."
At the Police Court on the 19th June 1888, he “was charged with malicious entry to the
Presbyterian Church by removing the lock from the door and replacing it with another.”
‘He was the cause of much strife.’
No further mention.
BREDIN, Rev James Henry
b 31.5.1868 Londonderry, Ireland
w Mary I. b 2.8.1879 m 26.7.1910 d 31.7.1974 Northern Ireland
Educated at Magee Theological College Ireland.
Licensed by Derry Presbytery June 1895
Ordained and Inducted to Ardaragh, County Down 1895
Received with commission from the Presbyterian Church of Ireland 1915; he began his
ministry in a charge in County Down, where he laboured until he left for NZ. He joined
his Brother and Sister who were already in New Zealand.
Inducted Foxton MnP 15.9.1915
Maraekakaho HBP 6.8.1919
St Davids Palmerston Nth 28.8.1923
Papakura SAP 12.12.1929; a short sharp illness necessitated his removal to Auckland
Hospital where he died.
“He endeared himself to the hearts of the people. He was an ardent Preacher of those
truths that he felt vital and central. He was a diligent Pastor, a friend of the people,
possessed of a bright sunny nature.” (From South Auckland Presbytery Memorial Minute)
Died 10.3.1932 at Auckland Hospital
BRENDON, Mr Richard (Dick) Walter Arthur
b. (?) Enfield, Middlesex, England w. (?) m (?) d (?)
Suffered ill health in World War One flu epidemic. A member of the Anglican Church, he came
to New Zealand after having seen action in France during the First World War. He settled in
Canterbury NZ, later joining the Presbyterian Church at Geraldine. Having a trained voice, he
joined the Church Choir and Musical Society. His Minister, Rev Madill, considered he would
be very suitable as a Missionary, and after suitable training at Geraldine, he was appointed by
the Home Missions Committee as Home Missionary to Ratanui in the Catlins, South Otago.
His circuit of 13 preaching stations in the district was over some 37 miles of hilly bush tracks
and country roads. He travelled by horseback with his Bible, prayer books and sermons. Also
started a Boy Scout Troop at Ratanui.
HM Catlins ClP 13.3.1927
Fell ill with congestion of the lungs in 1929 which affected his heart. Spent a number of
months in Owaka Hospital. Despite many encouraging reports of improvement, he died just
before his 29th birthday survived by his wife and three children.
“Mr Brendon made friends wherever he went, irrespective of denomination. Roman Catholics,
Anglicans, Presbyterians and [all others], were numbered amongst his personal friends who
were unanimous in admiration of his cheery and optimistic disposition, good nature and
broad-minded and tolerant views, and above all the practical Christianity which he brought to
bear in the exercise of his duties. He realised that the boys and girls of today are the men and
women of tomorrow, and that the Scout and Guide movements provided the best form of
training, both morally and physically for boys and girls, and he spared no effort towards the
well being and advancement of the local Souts and Guides. Mr Brendon has, during his short
term of Ministry given of his best, and has undoubtedly achieved that, which should be the
aim of all – to leave the World a little better than we found it.”
Died 14.9.1929 suddenly, in office aged 28 years
BRETTELL, Rev William Smith (Bill) B.A.
w Bernice Dorothy b 5.3.1914 m 2.11.1940
He only had three weeks of Secondary Schooling before commnecing work at the Sumner
Post Office and later in the Chricthurch Telephone Exchange. Determined to educate
himself, he attended evening classes, followed by lectures at the University, and in due
Theological Hall 1938-40
Ordained Waiwera-Warepa ClP 5.12.1940
Central Westland (Runanga) 6.5.1943
Shirley-Richmond ChP 18.12.1947
Queenstown COP 4.6.1953
Temuka SCP 18.2.1959
St Stephens Masterton WpP 3.2.1966 - retired 1.1.1971 due to ill-health
“Bill involved himself in everything he did. He liked a challenge, was very determined,
sensitive and compassionate, down-to-earth, of deep and practical faith, and a willing
and fine servant of the Church and his God.” (From Obit)
BREWARD, Mr A.R.
Office Sec Maori Synod Whakatane 1966 res 1969
Father of Rev I. Breward below.
BREWARD, Rev Ian M.A.,B.D.,Ph.D.
w Judith Marie (Judy) nee Griffiths, daughter of R.C. Griffiths, m 19.11.1960
Hall 1958-60 - Commonwealth Scholar, & studied at Manchester Eng.
Ord Assist Knox Ch Dn 15.10.1963
Prof of Ch History Hall Dn 18.2.1965 res 31.1.1982
Prof of Ch History Ormond Coll Melbourne 1982
Mod Ass 1975
BREWSTER, Mr Gibbon (Pat) B.A.,M.A. & Mrs Doris Ivy (Dorothy) B.A.
b. Otautau 24.3.1925 m. (?)
w. Doris (Dorothy) Ivy Andrews b. Lawrence 5.12.1927. B.A. Degree in English & French (Otago University 1949).
Qualified Secondary School Teacher, Teacher’s ‘B’ Certificate. Taught at Christchurch Girls’ High School
1950-51, and Education Department Vocational Guidance 1952-55
Gibbon holds a Masters Degree in Economics (Canterbury University 1951), other subjects include French,
History, Geography, English, Political Science to Stage III. Additional year’s course in Economic
Development in underdeveloped areas. Spent one year tutorial teaching and 5½ years in Public Service
(Economic & Statistical Research).
Missionaries – Indonesia
Mr Brewster appointed for 3 years to the Christian Teachers’ Training College, Salatiga, Indonesia.
Salatiga Indonesia, NCC Fraternal Workers App early 1957
Mr Brewster is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Mrs Brewster lectured half time in the English Faculty.
Mr Brewster acted as Honorary Advisor and Representative in Indonesia for C.O.R.S.O.
Resigned and returned to NZ 28.6.1960.
BRIERLY, Rev Caleb
b 9.3.1877 Aust; w Martha Jepson b 5.8.1877 m 19.7.1906 d 1.1938
Trained as Salv Army Officer in Aust 1906; for health reasons he sought a more temperate
climate & came to NZ 1911; he was Salv Army Officer at Winton; he offered for HM serv
& was accepted.
HM Waimumu (Brydone MtP) 1913
Hedgehope SP 1915, Ord HM 1915
Renwick NMP 4.1919
Taradale HBP 1924, raised to full status by Ass 11.1927
Ord Min Taumarunui WkP 24.3.1928
Kaurihohore (Hikurangi NP) 28.2.1933
Kaikohe NP 30.11.1939 ret 31.10.1943
Died 5.12.1966, aged 89
BRIERLY, Mrs R.W.C. see Hollies, Kathleen
BRINSLEY, Re.v Dr. John Richard B.A.,D.Min.(Fuller)
w Sydney Joan m 29.4.1961
Educated at Waitaki Boys’ High School, was a prefect and played in the First XV.
Completed his B.A. degree and most of his Bachelor of Music degree at Otago
University in 1957. An enthusiastic sportsman, being a member of the Otago Wrestling
team 1955-60, runner-up in the South Island Welterweight championship 1958, a member
of the NZ Alpine Club and of the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club when living in Dunedin.
Also a Crusader leader at Manurewa High School.
Knox Theological Hall Dunedin 1958-60
Ordained Manurewa Sth-Takanini SAP 2.2.1961
St James Sth Dn 6.4.1967
North Invercargill 12.9.1976, resigned 30.4.1988
Queenstown Honorary Assistant COP 28.11.1991 - resigned 29.4.1993
Minister within the Bounds COP
Minister Emeritus Jul 1995
BRISTOW, Rev Peter Charles BTh.
w Bernadette Mary m 28.12.1976
Ord Assist Whakatane BPP 13.12.1984
Inglewood Union TkP 22.9.1987
Plimmerton WnP 21.5.1992
St. James Pukekohe SAP Jul 1998
Moderator of South Auckland Presbytery 2003
Forrest Hill NsP 2004
BRISTOW, Miss Valerie- Anne
Educated at Queens High School, Dunedin. State Registered Nurse 1968,
Postgraduate Psychiatric study 1969, Postgraduate Paediatric Study in Canada 1970,
SCM Scotland 1971, and Bible College of NZ 1976-77.
A member of the South Dunedin Baptist Church.
Appt. Missionary New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Sister-in-charge Silimauri Health Centre, left NZ 8.12.1977;
Returned to NZ after 18 mths 4.6.1979
BROCKETT, Rev E. Clare B.Theol., Dip. of Teaching
Amuri Co-operating ChP Dec 1994
St Luke’s Halswell Union Church (Part Time) ChP Aug 1998 and
Part-time Hospice Chaplain at the Nurse Maude Centenary Hospice Nov 1999
Minister within the Bounds WnP 19 Mar 2002
BRODIE, Rev Eric Leslie B.A.,B.D.
b 12.11.1931 at Timaru.
w Mavis Doreen m 4.2.1956
Educated at Timaru then commenced work with the Inland Revenue Department.
Call;ed up for military service where he served with the Armoured Corps. At this time he
came under the influence of the Rev Owen Baragwanath and felt called to the ministry.
Attempted to study by correspondence but holding down a full time job made progress
difficult so he entered Knox College in 1952 to study full time for an Arts Degree at Otago
Theological Hall 1955-57
Ordained Awatere-Flaxbourne NMP 12.2.1958
Amuri ChP 25.5.1964
St Andrew’s, Suva, Fiji (AP) 18.2.1968 - resigned 7.10.1973
Retired to St Clair, Dunedin
NZ Foundation for Blind Dunedin 1974 (Assoc DnP) - retired 31.3.1982 – it pleased him
greatly that when he retired in 1991 the Foundation was placing much greater emphasis
on rehabilitation. His pastoral care of staff and those with impaired sight was of an
Session Clerk and Organist of St Clair Church Dunedin at the time of his death.
“I have always been grateful for the way in which the various lecturers and professors
helped me to clarify my own thinking in regard to the faith. But although my thinking was
clarified, I am also pleased that above all they left me with a sense of the greatness and
mystery of God – and particularly the knowledge of the love of God which is beyond all
understanding. I am saddened when I see so many who sentimentalise and cheapen the
understanding of God today. We need to rekindle the sense of the Holy God, the one
who is wholly other, above all understanding, and yet in jesus Christ has become
incarnate, lived our life, and given his all for our sakes”.
“In everything he did Eric was patient, meticulous, well-prepared and thorough.”
Died suddenly 12 Dec 1999 while on a day tramp with friends in the hills of Eastern Otago.
BRODIE, Rev John McClure B.A.
b 5.9.1874; w Margaret Graham b 2.1.1883 m 15.1.1925
War serv WW1 14.12.1915 to 6.3.1919
Ord Seacliff-Warrington DnP 29.6.1926 res 1.5.1929 - went to UK & wthd.
BROOK, Rev John Bernard B.Sc.,B.D.
w Lynette Mary Jones m 30.8.1969
Grew up as the adopted son of a Brethren family. Studied at Massey University
and at Auckland University. Active in the Auckland University Evangelical Union
and a continuing role with the Inter-Varsity Fellowship/Tertiary Students’ Christian Fellowship.
Ord Ecum Chap Massey Univ Palmerston Nth 3.2.1975
Theological Hall 1971
Licensed by Presbytery of Auckland 25.11.1973
Took up a Scholarship which enabled him to study at St John’s College, Nottingham, England
and with Rev David Watson at York.
Ordained as Ecumenical Chaplain at MasseyUniversity 3.2.1975
When the Presbyterian-Roman Catholic dialogue was set up in 1982 John was appointed
Presbyterian Convener and brought a sympathetic understanding of both traditions to this task.
Mosgiel-North Taieri DnP 9.8.1979 - resigned from ministry 3.11.1987 to join the Roman Catholic
After a period of teaching John was appointed Director of Adult Christian Education for the
Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. John also taught Scripture at Holy Cross College and in the Faculty
of Theology, and had just completed the requirements for M.Th. at the time of his death. A book,
‘The School of Prayer’, published in 1992, was an introduction to the Divine Office designed to help
both Catholic and Protestant Christians.” (From Obit)
Died suddenly 1992
BROOKER, Mr Hugh & Mrs
Tupou High School Ronga 1979, completed service 1981.
BROOKER, Sr Valerie Jean Mrs R.D. Elley
b 20.10.1928; h Reuben Donald, Elley b 31.7.1925 m 3.9.1955
Deac Coll 1951-3
Ord Deac St Davids Palmerston Nth 19.11.1953 res 31.8.1955 to be married.
BROOKS, Mr Peter (so known; actual name - VLAARDINGERBROEK, Pieter)
b. Holland 22.3.1925;
w Maria Hendrika Van Der Giesen b. Holland 8.8.1928 m 7.8.1952
Peter educated in Holland 1939-42, Senior High School of Navigation Certificate 1942-44,
Auckland Teacher Training College 1964. Holds Dutch Diplomas & Certficates in Accountancy,
German, Freanch, Dutch, English & Norwegian languages.
Missionary New Hebrides (Vanuatu) – teacher
Set apart by St Andrews Hamilton 15.12.1968
To All Saints College Sydney for Mission preparation 21.1.1969; returned after course in
Language etc and went with wife and family on 1.4.1969 to be -
Headmaster, Onesua High School, appointed. Sept 1968
Resigned 31.12.1969 and withdrew.
Died 4 Feb 2000, aged 74.
Maori Miss 1927-8
BROWN, Mr A.
Farm Manager 1910, under gen direction of Monfries at Manunui.
BROWN, Miss C.E.
Rep 1940: res thr ill-health 29.2.1940.
BROWN, Rev David Godfrey B.Th.
w Adele Jan nee Bowler m 6.2.1988
Ord Assist St Davids Ak 12.2.1987
St Andrews Levin MnP 30.7.1992
St. Andrew’s Ashburton AsP Jan 1998
Co-Convener of the Assembly Business Work Group of the Administration and Finance Committee
of the Council of Assembly to 2004
Moderator of Ashburton Presbytery 2003
BROWN, Rev Denzil James M.A., B.D., B.Phil.(St Andrews)
w Marget IsobelMcKenzie (daughter of I.F. McKenzie), b 3.3.1928 m 15.12.1951
Theological Hall 1949-51
To St Marys College St Andrews Scotland 1952-53
Ordained Taumarunui WkP 22.4.1954
Karori WnP 11.2.1960
First Church Dunedin DnP 1.7.1971
(6½ months exchange Ministry at Marietta, Ohio, USA 1982)
St Heliers AP 17.11.1983 - retired 23.9.1990
(Mar-Jul 1989 Pulpit exchange with Rev. Robert Williams at Walnut Creek California)
Convener Church Union Committee of Assembly 1963-70
BROWN, Sr Dorothy Ina Mrs H.G. French
b 12.3.1923 m 20.5.1961
Deac Coll 1955-7
Maori Miss Opotiki 12.1957
Ak Maori City Deac, Ord Deac 9.2.1958 res 14.2.1961 to be married.
BROWN, Rev Ernest George B.A.
w Elaine Elmeda m 12.2.1955
Theological Hall 1941-43
Ordained Stirling-Inchclutha ClP 2.3.1944
Columba Church Oamaru 28.2.1957 - retired 30.11.1982
BROWN, Rev George M.A.
w. (?) Ferrier b. (?) m. 1859 d. (?)
Completed his first year of Theological training in Edinburgh and then three years at
Aberdeen University, graduated 1857; an accomplished Classical and Hebrew Scholar.
Licensed by the Presbytery of Aberdeen 1857
Preacher at St Clement’s Free Church, Tory, Scotland.
He was approached on two occasions by Prof. Lumsden to go to New Zealand.
Left London 2 Oct 1860, arrived Auckland Jan 1860 as probationer of the Free Church of
Ordained Onehunga 4.4.1860 - resigned 3.3.1880 to take up an appointment in the Girls’
High School Auckland.
“He covered parish on foot, to western shores of the harbour. He served during a decade of
difficulties, the NZ Maori wars and depressed times. He was for many years Classical
Master at Auckland Grammar School, including much of the period of his ministry at
Onehunga; much of later years teaching were after he had retired.”
The bell at Onehunga Presbyterian Church was sent as a personal gift to him by friends
in 1863 and he gifted it to the Church in 1910.
Clerk of Presbytery and Theology Tutor.
Died 3.11.1930 Onehunga, 8 days short of his 100th birthday.
BROWN, Mr G.M.
Carpentry Instructor Maori Boys Farm Te Whaiti 1.9.1956
BROWN, Rev George Thomas M.A.
w (1) Gladys b 30.8.1884 m 13.1.1921 d 17.4.1925
w (2) Emma Elizabeth b - m 11.4.1927 d 21.1.1978
Hall 1908-10; then to UF Coll Glas, post-grad study 1911-3;
returned to NZ 1914
Ord loc ten Gisborne for Rev W. Grant 3.3.1915
Knox Masterton WpP 23.9.1915
Sr Andrews Palmerston Nth 16.8.1922
Pr dissolved pastoral tie, but on appeal to special Ass, appeal upheld 6.12.1933 &
Pastoral tie restored. res 18.2.1934 & went to Scot; in Brechin Scot 1934, ret 31.5.1948.
Died 21.8.1963 Scot
BROWN, Mr H.
HM Glenomaru ClP for short time & recommended for HM, 1906.
HM Normanby TkP 1909
BROWN, Rev James Acheson
b 2.10.1857; w Annie b 15.4.1872 m 16.1.1915 d 9.2.1931
Born at Fauldhouse, Linlithgowsh Scot; to Edin Univ for arts & FC Coll Glas for theol
2 yrs,when health broke down. After a period of rest, regained health, & was advised
to go to NZ; arr Wn 1899 & was put at Sth Wairarapa.
Sth Wairarapa 1899; Ord here 1902.
This was a new charge formed by Greytown with Featherston & Morrisons Bush;
the rest of earlier Sth Wairarapa going with Martinborough.
Flemington ChP 9.4.1908
Reefton WsP 4.7.1912 - found climate too harsh.
Halkett ChP 28.1.1915
Patea TkP 1.6.1923
Died 13.1.1927 Patea in office
BROWN, Miss Janice B.A.
Administration Manager in Ch Office Wn (replacing Deputy Treas) 8.8.1988; she had
12 yrs experience in Public Service; Ang in Lower Hutt. Res 31.7.1989
BROWN, Dr. John Kirk
From Gore, Southland. b (?)
Previously working as a Doctor in Gisborne.
A Doctor working for ‘Corso’ (Friends Ambulance Unit) who was appointed to the Kong
Chuen Mission Hospital of the NZ South China Mission near Canton in 1947. He fell ill
with encephalitis shortly after his arrival there at Christmas 1947 and despite expert care and
medical attention from Doctors in Canton (including an internationally qualified visiting
Doctor in tropical medicine who was visiting Canton at the time), he tragically died early
January 1948. His parents in Gore paid for the building of a ‘godown’ or storage building
on the Kong Chuen Compound in his memory together with a plaque which was apparently
still in situ as late as the 1980’s. (The buildings were demolished in 1998)
Dr Brown was buried in the new Christian Cemetery at Paak Shui Tong near Kong Chuen,
Died Kong Chuen Hospital, 12 January 1948
BROWN, Rev Lionel Edward B.A(Hons).
w Rachelle Frances m 19.11.1966
Ord Assist St Andrews Hastings HBP 21.2.1968
Hokitika Union WsP 8.8.1974
Malvern Co-op Darfield ChP 31.1.1980
St Andrews Balclutha ClP 7.12.1989
Minister Emeritus ChP 10 June 2003
BROWN, Rev Liston Kirkwood
w Gladys Ida b 29.7.1907 m 5.4.1934
Brought up in Mosgiel.
Theological Hall 1929-31
Licensed by Dunedin Presbytery 21 Oct 1931
Ordained (locum tenens) Waipu NP 4.4.1932, service terminated when the Rev J.D.
Macfarlane was inducted 11.11.1932
Maraekakaho HBP 10.4.1934 - resigned 31.1.1937
Titoki NP 1.2.1937
Hunterville WgP 29.2.1940
Centre Bush SP 18.8.1943
St Andrews SCP 4.5.1945 - resigned 31.5.1952
Brighton DnP 18.8.1960 - resigned 30.6.1966 due to ill-health.
Minister within the Bounds DnP
Minister Emeritus Oct 1968
“Liston Brown is remembered as a highly respected and much loved minister”. (From Obit.)
Died 7 Feb 2003, aged 99 years.
BROWN, Rev Maurice Anderson B.A.
w Mary Catherine m 10.8.1967
Left High School before matriculation. Had four years at Dunfermline High School, and thereafter served a
Horticultural apprenticeship. More recently had one year's experience as a teacher of Botany and Zoology
in assitry of the Church of Scotland but he was unable to obtain Provisional Matriculation until he was 25.
Despite recommendations from the Presbytery of Dunfermline and Kinross and a testimonial from his Parish
Minister with the good wishes of the congregation he was unable to be admitted to the modified course as
the Church of Scotland's Assembly Committee was not able to relax the requirement that he be over 25.
A member of the Erskine Parish Board of Management for 3 years and a Sunday School Teacher and
Superintendent for 3 years.
Emigrated to New Zealand with a view to entering upon studies for the Ministry.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1964-66
Ord Assist St Andrews New Plymouth 13.12.1966
St Clair DnP 20.2.1969
St Ninians Riccarton ChP 30.11.1978
St Johns Wellington WnP 30.1.1986
Minister Emeritus Jan 2000
BROWN, Miss Morven Cree
Overseas Worker, with Overseas Missionary Fellowship in Philippines 1979-84
BROWN, Rev Neal Rowatt B.A., Dip.Agr., Dip.Ed., Dip AP, MNZAP.
w Alison Wilma m 11.5.1968
Ord Assist Hawera TkP 6.4.1972 res 30.6.1975
Area Consultant PD&M Dn 24.7.1975
St Clair DnP 31.1.1980 res 31.12.1986
Counsellor, Cameron Centre, Support Services Dn 2.3.1987
Minister within the bounds COP Dec 2000
BROWN, Rev Philip William
w Alison Marina m 27.12.1958
Ord Waikari ChP 25.2.1965
Otautau SP 28.5.1970
Otautau Union SP 4.2.1973
St Margarets Co-op New Plymouth 22.2.1976
Trinity Ngongotaha Rotorua BPP 2.5.1984 - resigned 31.12.1988
Minister Emeritus Jun 1999
BROWN, Mr R.
Maori Miss - Apprentice Printery Whakatane 1963
BROWN, Rachelle F.
St Andrew’s Balclutha CIP Dec 1999
St Luke’s, Halswell Union CHP 14 May 2003
BROWN, Mrs Rahera
Pentland Ave Maori Girls Hostel Ak, Assist Matron 1.8.1968
for 6 mths.
Taneatua Miss School 1.3.1956
David Hogg Mem Hostel Whakatane, Matron 1.6.1956
BROWN, Rev Reginald William
w (1) Jean (widow of Rev A.M. Climie) b 4.11.1893 m 7.1.1941 d –
w (2) Margaret Mary (Peg) b - m 28.11.1970
He spent his early yrs in clerical work.
HM (Unordained) Hornby ChP 1.3.1933 to 34
Ord Kelso MtP 20.4.1938
Ashburton Sth 25.6.1941 (1st wife died here)
N E Valley DnP 27.6.1949
Centre Bush SP 10.3.1955
Teviot (Roxburgh COP) 17.4.1957
Picton NMP 6.2.1964 ret 20.4.1968
Died 25.12.1982 Oamaru, aged 79
BROWN, Rev Robert Andrew B.Sc.
w Marjorie Rosa m 29.8.1959
Theological Hall 1964-66
Ordained Ahuriri-Putorino HBP 2.3.1967
Tokoroa WkP 13.5.1971
St Andrews Balclutha ClP 3.2.1977
Epsom AP 27.10.1988 – resigned 31.10.1994
Minister Emeritus Jan 1995
BROWN, Dr. Roger & Mrs Kathy
Helena Goldie Hosp Munda Solomon Is, Dr at Jan 1990-2
BROWN, Mr W.
Came out in HM scheme under Dr Gibb
HM Milburn ClP 1921 res 5.1921 for health reasons & returned to Irel.
BROWN, Rev W. Panton
fr Scot 1878 as prob
Ord Martinborough, Lower Wairarapa 1879 res 1880
Waikaia MtP 1882 res 1894
Oteramika SP 1895-6
Macraes NOP 1897
Hindon DnP 1902
BROWN, Rev Willis Noel B.Sc., S.T.M. (Dubuque)
w Judith Marion m 16.2.1963
Theological Hall 1962-64; exit certificate 10.1964 licensed by DnP
Hospital Intern Course with Rev. I.B. Wilson in Dunedin Hospital 1965;
To US for CPE at Hospitals of the Mayo Clinic 6.1965
Ordained by Presbytery of Sheldon-Jackson at request DnP 5.1966
Chaplain Richmond Memorial Hospital, Richmond VA 9.1966 – 8.1967
Oronoco Pres Church 8.1967
Chaplain University of Michigan Hospitals 9.1970 – 1.1980
PSSA Auckland (became Support Ak) Pastoral Consultant 26.1.1980 - res 31.12.1989
Hospital Chaplain Advocate Hospitals, Chicago USA 4.1990 – 8.1996
Hospital Chaplain University of Chicago Hospitals 9.1996 – 8.1999
Hospital Chaplain Northwestern Memorial Hospital 9.1999 –
Editor, The Orere Source 1992 –
BROWN, Rev William Walter
b Invercargill - never married
Theological Hall Dunedin 1893-95
Ordained Dipton SP 25.1.1897
Limestone Plains SP 19.8.1900
Stirling ClP 5.12.1906
East Taieri DnP 23.1.1919
War service with YMCA and as Chaplain in Featherston Army Camp, and Hospital Ships 1917-19
Killed in motor accident on way to Allanton Church, Sunday 22.8.1920
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