Register of New Zealand
Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
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RENNIE, Rev James Fyfe M.A.,B.D.(Hons) (Aberdeen)
b 13.1.1897 at Tarvie, Scotland
w Kathleen Mary b 1.6.1902 m 19.4.1939
Joined the Royal Navy as a young man and trained as a wireless operator. Served mainly
in Corvettes which escorted convoys of ships carrying foods & supplies during World War
One. Mentioned in Admiralty despatches for his services.
After the war, he decided to study for the Ministry, spending the next 6 years at Aberdeen
Knox Church Aberdeen(?)
Assistant Minister, Riccarton
Minister at Daviot, Scotland
Having met many New Zealander's during World War Two, he decided to emigrate here with
his wife and two Daughters in 1950.
Ind Winton SP 19.4.1950
Paeroa WkP 7.3.1956 - retired 7.3.1963
Retired to Whangarei then to Hamilton to be closer to family.
"He was a big man in every sense and his ministry was inspired by his forthright preaching
and his understanding of doctrine. He always retaineda his Scots accent which some
parishioners took time to adapt to." (From Memorial Minute)
Died 20.3.1980 at Trevellyn Home, Hamilton
RENNIE, Rev Peter Clarkson
b 17.7.1866 Ratho Scot; w Annie nee Bruce b 27.11.1868 m 18.9.1902 pred h
He felt Call to min early & worked to raise money to go to Edin Univ, & New Coll
Edin; he served a couple of charges in Scot, & after marriage left for Aust; for 2
yrs was Min of charge in Perth W Aust; as the climate affected his wife's health
they decided to come to NZ; arr Ak 1906; Ord 1903
Khandallah WnP 1906, supply while Min on visit to UK
Wadestown WN supply 1906
Ind Brooklyn WnP 1906
Otepopo-Kakanui (Herbert NOP) 1908 ret 31.3.1932
Mod OSyn 1925; in ret lived in Oamaru
RENWICK, Rev George
b 21.5.1880 Corsbie Scot;
w Martha W.C.L. b 5.7.1885 m 3.1.1912 d 16.8.1972
He worked on Father's farm at Selkirk; then to BTI Glas & worked in slums of
Glas; to New Coll Edin 1907-8; to Canada, Manitoba Coll Winnipeg 1909-10;
served in rural areas Canada 15 yrs; responded to appeal of George Budd to
come to NZ. Recd Ass 1926 Ord 1908
Ind Lumsden SP 17;12;1926
Woodlands SP 29.8.1930
Cromwell COP 16.12.1936
Waihao Valley SCP 2.11.1944 ret 1.11.1947
Died 18.4.1964 Timaru
REW, Christina Scott
b 28 March 1882
w Wilfred F Bisset m 29 June 1908 in Auckland
Missionary, Egyptian General Mission at Belbeis
Left on Moeraki from Bluff, 26 November 1906
Left on the Moldavia from Sydney, 6 December 1906
Landed at Port Said, December 1906
Returned on sick leave, sailing on the Gneisenau, Southampton to Sydney, December 1907
d in Invercargill aged 46 years old
REX, Rev Helmut Herbert M.A.,D.Theol .(Tubingen)
(His name was formerly Rehbein, but he changed it to Rex, a Latin form and so international, 1945.)
b 15.2.1913 Potsdam Germany;
w Renate b 30.10.1915 m 14.2.1939 d 4.6.1968 (suddenly & tragically)
He studied in Berlin in 1930s; was in the Confessing Church, & came to NZ as a
refugee & pastor.
Ordained 1938; receiuved by Assembly 11.1939 (Brought out by Assembly)
Lecturer in Church History, Theological Hall Dunedin (temp. appt.) 1939 - appt. made permanent 1947)
Proffessor of Church History Theological Hall Dunedin – appointed by Assembly 1953. Inducted 1.3.1954
Retired due to ill-health 29.2.1964.
He held classes in literature 1950-60; introduced hermeneutics 1955; he was largely responsible for
developing Religious Studies in Arts Faculty at Otago University 1963; he had great interest in and
knowledge of Maori culture and affairs; served on Committee planning the Maori Synod.
He suffered from ill-health for most of his life after suffering from malnutrition during World War One.
REYNEKE, Rev Coenraad J. S. (Jaco)
married Anél, c 1989, medical doctor, Papamoa Pine Medical Centre
Security Officer 1987-1991, and Library Assistant, 1991-January 1992, University of South Africa
Youth worker, Afrikaans Boys High School, Pretoria, 1989-1990,
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Biblical Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA), 1989
Crisis counsellor, Emergency Department, Pretoria Academic Hospital, 1991-1992
Bachelor of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1992
Counsellor, youth teams training, Service Year for Christ, 1995
Minister, Dutch Reformed Congregation, Zeerust-Noord, July 1995-March 2003
Master of Theology in Clinical Pastoral Care, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, December 1996
Diploma in Church Management, Success College, South Africa, October 2000
Arrived in New Zealand, 6 April 2003, worshipping at St Paul's Papamoa, effectively providing supply ministry from August 2004 until received by the PCANZ
Conducting Afrikaans-language services at St Enoch's Tauranga, 2003
Received from the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa as –
Minister within the Bounds, Bay of Plenty Presbytery 15 March 2005
Ph.D., University of Pretoria, South Africa, 14 April 2005: A Practical Theological research of the adaption process of a family that moved from South Africa to New Zealand
Inducted minister (part-time), St Paul’s Co-Operating Parish, Papamoa Bay of Plenty Presbytery, 26 March 2006
Called minister (part-time), Afrikaans Christian Church, Tauranga, at St Columba's and St Enoch's, August 2009
Inducted St Enoch's Tauranga, Kaimai Presbytery, 18 October 2018
REYNOLDS, Rev Edmund Henderson (Eddie)
w (1) Lois b 16.8.1916 m 13.5.1950 d 6.6.1975
w (2) Violet - no information rem
He was Min of Cong Ch for 14 yrs, & came into PCNZ with Cong Ch at Ass 1969.
Assoc St St Andrews-Trinity Whangarei Uniting Ch (responsible for Tikipunga, &
part-time Chapl at Whangarei Base Hosp) 1969 ret 30.6.1974; in ret lived
Whangarei & supplied.
REYNOLDS, Rev Elva
Meth Ch - Deacon
St Andrews United Hokitika WsP - 31.1.1991
RIACH, Miss Anne Forbes
b. at Auckland 29.7.1929
Educated at Hautapu Primary School, Cambridge District High School, Helensville
District High School, Epsom Grammar School and Auckland Business College.
Holds a Teachers “C” Certificate. Public School Teacher for 5 years (Standards 1 to 4)
Missionary Teacher - New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Onesua High School Inducted 12.1957
Appointed to Onesua High School 1.2.1958
Left for New Hebrides 21.2.1958
Attended short training course at All Saints Training College Sydney, Jan to Jun 1964
Resigned 1967 and off staff from 15.10.1967
RICE, Rev David
Thames Union WkP SS 8.1991
RICHARDS, Rev A. Morgan
w Edith b 1.12.1872 m 7.2.1906 d 22.11.1962
He was a Secondary School Teacher before entering the ministry of the
Presbyterian Church of Wales.
Licensed and Ordained by the Presbyterian Synod of South Wales Aug 1903
Came to NZ 1913 and received by PCNZ Assembly 16.12.1913
Ind Tamaki AP 10.2.1914 (included Howick & St Heliers) [one record gives date as 12.2.1914]
Morrinsville WkP 4.7.1918
Takapuna NSP 4.2.1926 - fostered and initiated East Coast Bays - retired 31.10.1933
Silverdale & East Coast Bays (this may also have been known as Takapuna
Outfields) NSP 1934 - retired 1933, but continued to serve here till 1941 as supply minister.
Father of Rev A.M. Richards; ill-health and infirmity led him to relinquish preaching
and Church work in 1942.
RICHARDS, Rev Alun Morgan M.A., Dip.Journ.
b 6 March 1907 at St Melon’s, South Wales
w Muriel Gertrude Hunt b 23 September 1908 m 3 April 1933 d 6 July 1988
came to New Zealand in 1912 with his parents, Rev Morgan and Mrs E Richards.
Educated at Pakuranga and Morrinsville Prinmary Schools, Hamilton High School.
While at Auckland University, Alun’s refusal to do compulsory military training in 1927 sparked the campaign that ended compulsory military training, but he nearly went to jail for his refusal and in 1929 he was deprived of his civil rights for ten years by resolution of Parliament as punishment.
The General Assembly passed a motion on 22.11.1927 affirming the right of conscientious objectors against war (arising from the case of A.M. Richards).
Obtained a first class honours drgree and a diploma in journalism from Auckland University.
Home Missionary, Silverdale North Shore Presbytery, 1929
Theological Hall 1931
Awarded John McGlashan Scholarship Award, £50 a year for three years, studied theology at New College, Edinburgh 1932-1933.
He travelled through France and Nazi Germany with his wife on a tandem bicycle, and Alun also visited Communist Russia.
On his return to New Zealand he submitted a report from his professors at Edinburgh, together with exercises, and the Theological Hall granted an exit certificate.
Ordained Totara Flat, Westland Presbytery, 16 July 1934 - resigned 30 June 1938 as he was not really cut out for pastoral work
Organiser for extension studies at Victoria University 1938 – lost his job when he spoke against the war and the professorial board voted to dismiss him. He held that all war was futile, and thought it better for countries to let themselves be invaded and respond with civil disobedience. During the war he worked in the Pro Internal Marketing Division giving away products such As apples that could not be exported because shipping was disrupted. Also as :
WEA Lecturer and Carpenter/Joinery worker at Fletchers, Honorary Editor of “SCM Student” and“Church & Community” c.1939-1946, 2ZB copywriter.
“NZ Listener” correspondent 1943 to 1944
Corso Organiser 1946 to1947
Editor “Outlook” Christchurch 1 March 1948 - resigned April 1955
He transformed the “Outlook” into a lively and interesting magazine dealing with social as well as religious topics.
St James, Wellington Presbytery, 27 September 1956 - resigned 30 September 1964
Normanby and Acting Minister at Hawera, Taranaki Presbyery, Stated Supply, 1 September 1967 - resigned 31 December 1968
Balmoral, Auckland Presbytery, Stated Supply, 1 July 1969 to 31 December 1969
Otara-East Tamaki, 1 February 1970 to 31 March 1970 - retired 5 March 1972
He wrote seven books, innumerable articles for magazines and letters to editors, and contributed to many conferences.
Son of Rev M. Richards.
“Alun was a pacifist and a theologian, a thinker of considerable originality, and a man often ahead of his times. He never found it easy to work to instructions, or within structures. He wrote and thought in his own style, and he often led his listeners to think in new ways, and about things they had never before considered.” (from Obit.)
Died 22 August 2000
RICHARDS, Rev David Alexander B.A., B.Th.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1987-89
Licensed St Davids Newfield, Invercargill SP 19.11.1989
Ordained Assistant Minister Trinity Timaru part-time SCP 28.2.1991 - resigned 13.7.1992
Welcome Bay Community Church,Tauranga Jun 1994
Lodged Certificate BOP Jan 1997
Undertook Missionary work in Burkino Faso Africa under World Outreach, an independant Mission organisation, 5 years
Resigned & Removed from Ministerial Roll (Bay of Plenty Presbytery) 10 Aug 2004
RICHARDS, Rev Helen Frances N.Z.R.N., R.M., P.C.Psy. (Refer to entry under Rev HF Wallis)
RICHARDS, Rev James
HM Renwick NMP 1905
Inglewood TkP 1908
Huntly WkP 1913
Renwicktown NMP 1916
Hanmer ChP 1918
Picton NMP 1919
Riwaka NMP 1921 res fr HM serv 1923 & wthd
RICHARDS, Mr John
HM Clydevale ClP 1911
Colac Bay SP 1913
Rep 1913: entry to Hall left to Com last yr; he has never intimated that he does not
intend to pursue studies in Hall at present.
Res fr HM serv 1914; no further mention.
RICHARDS, Rev Laurence (Laurie) Gilbert B.A.
w Jennifer Miriam m 5.1.1968
Theological Hall 1965-7
Ordained Kaikoura NMP 10.12.1968
Leeston Co-op ChP 2.9.1982 – appointent completed 31.12.1988
Assoc of ChP 1989
Workplace Support Chaplain Christchurch Jan 1989
RICHARDS, Mr T.
HM Totara Flat WsP 1909-10
RICHARDS, Mrs W.O.M.
Auckland Maori Boys Hostel, Assistant Matron 22.7.1957
RICHARDSON, Rev Brent
Children's Pastor, Hornby Presbyterian Community Church, Christchurch for eight years
Hornby Presbyterian Community Church, January 2011
Timaru Presbyterian Parish, Alpine Presbytery
RICHARDSON, Mr F. Colin & Mrs
Overseas Workers - Bangladesh
Dacca Bangladesh 1981-4-
RICHMOND, Rev C.O.
fr United Ch of Canada
Opotiki BPP SS 1965
RICHMOND, Mrs J.R.
h Rev B. Richmond, Ch of Christ, Indonesia
Kasamban, E Java, Indonesia 1973
RIDDELL, Rev Doreen May QSM
Educated at Hamilton High School 1946-1950. Holds a Teachers ‘C’ Certificate.
Deaconess College, 1956-1958 (Advanced Course Diploma)
Ordained Deaconess for Missionary service, 2 December 1958
Ordained Deaconess Marama PSSA Children’s Home Lawrence, 1 February 1959
Accepted by Overseas Missions Committee for work in India, 25 August 1959
Appointed to Overseas Missions Staff, 14 September 1959
Inducted to Mission service at Knox Church, Hamilton, 14 October 1959
“Own Missionary” of the Bible Class Union
Left Auckland, 23 October 59
Appointed Women's Worker to work with women and children in the Jagadhri District.
After language study took up that work in 1961-1962.
Appointed Headmistress of the Christian Middle School for Girls in Jagadhri, early 1963.
Short Missionary Training Course at All Saints College Sydney, July - November 1964
At this time the decision was made to close the Christian Middle School and establish
a co-educational independent new school using English as the medium of instruction.
Appointed founding Principal of St Thomas School Jagadhri May 1966 - retired July 1993,
being replaced by Mrs Kamla Singh.
Associated with the Friends of Jagadhri group after her retirement
Issued with the Theological Hall Diploma in 1974, along with others who had previously
completed the advanced Deaconess College course and attended the Theological Hall.
Ordained Minister (Overseas Missions) 1 June 1976
Minister within the Bounds, Waikato Presbytery, 31 December 1993
‘In July 1993 Doreen brought to a close 34 years of faithful, dedicated and effective
service as educator at St Thomas School, Jagadhri in North India. Doreen has
distinguished herself both as a classroom teacher and administrator. Under her
leadership St Thomas School has earned the reputation of offering quality Christian
education to some 1,300 young men and women, many of whom come from Sikh
and Hindu homes’.
Minister Emeritus, 1 April 1995
Convener of Friends of Jagadhri after the death of its founder Hugh Beattie, 1997-2014
Compiled the coffee table book for Global Mission, Light and Love, One Hundred Years in North India, 2008
RIDDLE, Mr A.
HM Picton NMP 1877
Granted full status 1880 by Assembly - no further mention.
RIDDLE, Rev Douglas Milne O.B.E., B.A.
b. Jagadhri, India 27 January 1922
w (1) Marion Matheson McKenzie b Stratford, 13 April 1923 m 1 December 1948 d Chandigarh India 8 March 1965 – (a daughter of the Very Rev JW McKenzie; trained as a teacher at Auckland and Dunedin Training Colleges, also passed her Junior State Nursing Examinations.)
w (2) Desma Jessie Campbell b 12 October 1930 m 12 October 1966. d. suddenly 8 September 2004 (refer entry for Sr Desma Campbell)
Doug educated at Woodstock Mission Boarding School India (7 years), Takapuna Grammar School (2½ years), and Auckland University where he gained his Batchelor of Arts Degree (1946).
Doug’s Royal New Zealand Air Force “Wings” awarded at Advanced Flying Training School at Wigram, 1945.
Knox Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1946-1948
Appointed to staff of Punjab Mission, 15 November 1948
Licensed by Presbytery of Auckland 17 November 1948
Ordained for Overseas Missions Service, 9 December 1948; both sailed for India, Kharar 23 December 1948, arrived 31 January 1949
“Own Missionary” of Knox Church, Dunedin
Punjab Mission Langauge School 1949-1953 (Punjabi, Hindustani and Urdu)
Appointed District Superintendent of the Kharar District of the United Church of Northern India, 1949
“Rev Riddle does evangelistic work among the 250,000 people living in the 600 villages which comprise the Kharar district, and superintends the work in the five sub-districts which are in charge of Indian Preachers. Work is divided between teaching village Christians, evangelistic work among non-Christians, and organising conferences, retreats, and summer schools for the area. In winter he conducts camping tours among the villages, in summer he makes day trips to villages. The majority are Sikhs, many of them refugees from Pakistan, but also a large group of Hindus. Christians are mainly from (the) depressed classes. Spoken languages are Punjabi and Urdu, but Hindi is now being taught in schools.”
Appointed Minister of Christ Church, Chandigarh, 1958-1966
Flood Relief Instructor and Organiser for the Government of the Punjab, 1956-1967
Secretary then Moderator (1965) of the Ambala Church Council of the United Church of Northern India.
Secretary of the North West India Christian Council.
Secretary of the Missionary Language Board and Superintendent for the Hidustani Course.
Secretary of the Inter-Church Committee of the Chandigarh Christian Church.
Awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE), 1967
Awarded Citation for Meritorious Service (CMS) by the Government of the Punjab.
Appointed Minister of Morrison Memorial Church, Dehra Dun, 1966-1968
Resigned from Mission service, mid 1969
President of the Leprosy Mission, 1969-1979, attending the International Conference in 1979.
Hillsborough, Auckland Presbytery, 2 October 1969 - resigned 15 November 1974
Member of the Overseas Missions Committee from 1969, and Convener, 1974-1975
Chairman of the Joint Interim Board for Mission (Presbyterian / Methodist) 1975-1976
Greymouth District Union Parish, Westland Presbytery, 9 September 1976
Assistant Minister (part-time) St George’s Takapuna, North Shore, North Shore Presbytery, 24 March 1983
Moderator of North Shore Presbytery, 1987
Minister Emeritus, North Shore Presbytery, 31 August 1987
Son of the Rev TE Riddle and Grandson of the Rev PJ Riddle.
Died 7 August 2016, aged 95 years, after a brief illness
RIDDLE, Mrs D.M. see Campbell, Desma
RIDDLE, Miss Gladys Lister
b. Fairlie, South Canterbury 5 Jan 1903. Educated at Timaru Girls’ High School, and after
matriculating, trained as a teacher at Dunedin Training College. Holds a Teachers “C” Certificate.
Had 30 years experience in Primary Schools and prior to Missionary service was a member of the
staff of the Normal School in Christchurch. Was well known in Youth circles, having been a Bible
Class Leader for many years and latterly a member of the Assembly’s Youth Committee.
Missionary Teacher - India
A well-known youth worker and experienced teacher who, after her retirement from teaching,
volunteered to take Miss BJ Hardie's place as Principal of Jagadhri Girls’ School.
“Own Missionary” of St Paul’s Church, Christchurch
Sailed for India 17.2.1951
Two years language study
Additional to teaching the basic subjects, she also imparted many other skills to her students such
as gardening, growing crops, sewing, cooking and home economics
Returned to NZ for furlough 26.9.1956; advised on medical grounds not to return to India.
Off staff 31.3.1957
Took over the responsibility for the Overseas Prayer Fellowship in 1959 and continued with this
until 1966 when ill-health forced her to resign.
Her later years were spent at the Margaret Wilson Home in Timaru.
“She was an encourager – she had a gift for perceiving the potential for good in young people”
Died 6 September 1991
RIDDLE, Rev Patrick Johnstone
Came out to NZ as an Evangelist in 1873 under the nomination of the Free Church of
Scotland’s Colonial Committee to work under the Student Missionary Scheme of the Church.
Home Missionary Student Port Ahuriri HBP 1873
Licensed & Ordained by Hawkes Bay Presbytery 27 April 1877
Ord HM Picton NMP 5.1877; granted full status by Ass & ordained 17.3.1880
Wairoa HBP 19.1.1881
Waiuku SAP 25.4.1884
Rakaia AsP 22.8.1888 (one record indicates 7 Aug 1888)
Papanui & Belfast ChP 28.4.1907 - retired 1.9.1908 due to ill-health
“He was called to four Pastorates, and, in each of them, his gift as an Evangelist, together
with his experience and zeal, resulted in real revivals”
Father of T.E. Riddle and Grandfather of Rev DM Riddle.
Died 1909, aged 64
RIDDLE, Mr Stephen
HM Opunake TkP 1902 - failure of eyesight caused him to res, as he felt
unequal to the work; nephew of Rev P. Riddle.
RIDDLE, Rev Thomas Ewart
b. 17.8.1878 Picton NZ;
w Isobel Milne b 5.8.1885 m 29.3.1917 d 12.5.1964 (daughter of Rev P. Milne Snr, of New Hebrides; she went to
India 1913. She had also known the Rev TE Riddle while in the New Hebrides – refer separate entry)
He was the son of Rev P.J. Riddle who was sent to NZ by FC Scoland in 1875; Early education at High Schools in
Chrsitchurch and Ashburton and later at Canterbury University and Otago University. He was a student of the
Northern Presb. Church, studying extra-murally while undertaking Home Missionary work along the main trunk line
south of Taihape.
HM Ohingaiti student preacher 1898
Foxton MNP student Preacher 1899-1900
After studying Arts in NZ he left NZ on the “Gothic” 12.9.1900 to Edinburgh for Theological studies, at New College;
Joined the Pleasance Mission in Edinburgh and acted as an Assistant to a City Church for 6 months. Later
appointed Warden of the New College and gained experience in slum work.
Returned to NZ 24 .7.1902 via the “Monowai”.
He offered to go to New Hebrides (Vanuatu) as successor to Rev T. Smaill, Epi. Left in 1903 via the “Warrimoo”.
Ordained as Missionary 10.3.1903 and went to Epi, New Hebrides; Mrs Helen Smaill accompanied him as
housekeeper and assistant; he translated Matthew & Galatians into the Nikoura language. Owing to decreasing
population on Epi he resigned from 30.6.1911 (after 8 yrs 6 mths) to go to India where the field and need was
Returned to NZ Nov 1911.
He left for India on 24.12.1911.
During WW1 he arranged to join the Indian Exped Force as a YMCA Chapl, and he left Bombay with a
Contingent of them on 13.10.1914 to join the Force in France. He fell seriously ill (cerebro-meningitis) in Marseilles
Aug 1915, and spent 10 mths in Hospital. When he recovered he returned as Hosp Chaplain in France. In 11.1915
he left France for Mudros Egypt, and after some time there he went to Mesopotamia in After a period there he
joined the Lancers at Peshawar.
He joined up with the Indian Cavalry and rose to the post of Commander of a Squadron, retiring at the close of the
War with the rank of Captain. As soon as he was released from military service in Feb 1919 he returned to Jagadhri
and took charge of the Evangelistic work. Jagadhri District Evangelistic work then from 1923 Evangelistic work in
Rev Riddle had the distinction of being a very close friend of the late Sadhu Sundar Singh and in company with
Dr JC Taylor of the American Presbyterian Mission, they went on a perilous journey of 228 miles over 28 hazardous
and adventurous days towards Tibet searching for the Sadhu after his mysterious disappearance in 1930.
Although no trace was found of the Sadhu, Rev Riddle believed he died during a cholera epidemic that swept away
many pilgrims along the Ganges valley at that time with the bodies being thrown into the river.
He retired 10.1.1947 and with his wife returned to NZ on 10.1.1947.
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand 1938.
Father of Rev DM Riddle, son of Rev PJ Riddle.
RIDDLE, Mrs T.E. see Milne, Isobel
RIDOUT, Rev Grant
Wanganui High School 1994; Bethlehem Tertiary Institute 1997; Master of Theology, Laidlaw College, 2010
Youth and young adults Pastor, Massey Presbyterian, 2011-2017, for seven years
Intern, Kohimarama Presbyterian, Auckland, Northern Presbytery, 2017-2018
Graduated 5 December 2018
RIDGWAY, Mr Frank
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
Formerly a Cabinetmaker, Carpenter and Painter. A graduate of the NZ Bible Training Institute.
Joined the Home Misisonary service on 12 months probation 1939
Unordained HM Whakapapa – resigned 18.5.1939 after serving for 3 months.
RIDLER, Mrs Valmai Tydfil & Mr John (Jack) Wilfred
Valmai b. Wales 15.8.1918
Educated at Granity District High School. Gained her Nursing Diploma in conjunction with Victoria University,
Wellington. Nurse at Wellington Public Hospital from Dec 1943, Plunket Nurse at Dunedin Apr 1954,
P.G. Administration & Nursing Education Wellington 1952, Tutor to Students Nurses 11 years, health education
in schools 2 years. Has worked in Holland, Denmark and Fiji.
Jack b. Wellington 28.5.1902
Educated at St Patrick’s College Wellington (2 years), 21 months carpentry apprenticeship 1946-48. Brought up as
a Roman Catholic. Divorced his first wife in 1951 after 7 years separation.
Missionaries - New Hebrides (Vanuatu). Set apart for Missions work 9 Aug 1964 at Westport
Left NZ 18.8.1964, Mrs Ridler appointed 23.6.1964 to be Relieving Matron at Vaemali Hospital on Epi Island.
Mr Ridler to assist with general maintenance etc as required.
Resigned and returned to NZ on 7.8.1966.
Off staff 23.9.1966
Jack died 1969
Mrs Ridler continued to serve in Mission work with service in Africa (Uganda?) from 1981.
stud at PWTI 1910 (final yr)
Rep 1910; she has applied to LMS for Miss work.
RIDLEY, Rev Kevin Robert B.Sc.,B.D.(Melb)
Ord Tuatapere-Orepuki SP 19.12.1976
Heriot MtP 7.2.1984 res 1.12.1986 & went to Gold Coast
parish, Mowbray Pr, Aust.
RIDOUT, Rev Grant BTheol (Laidlaw), Dip Tchg (Primary)
Wanganui High School 1994; Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, Tauranga, 1997; Laidlaw College, February 2008-2010
Youth and Young Persons Worker, Massey Church, April 2011-April 2017
Ministry Intern, Kohimarama Presbyterian Church, 8 May 2017-2018
Graduated 5 December 2018
Licensed, inducted, and ordained, St Stephens Parish, Auckland, Northern Presbytery, 13 December 2018
RIINI, Mrs Mona (Lay)
Moderator of Te Aka Puaho
RIINI, Rev Sonny Ngatai Te Hiko O Te Rangi
b. 1929 at Whakatane
w. Mona Riini b.(?) m.(?) d.2003
Sonny Educated at Rutoki and Whakatane.
Ordained Whakatane Maori (self supporting) 10.10.1981
He had pastoral oversight of the Taneatua and Ruatoki areas of the Parish.
He was actively involved in evangelical outreach, cottage meetings and various
Other parish activities and worked diligently in linking the parish with Apostolic,
Christian fellowship, Rongopai, Mijaia, Ratana and Weteriana Churches.
Whakatane Maori, Amorangi 9.2.1986
Auckland Maori Pastorate 1987 – appointed as a Social Worker in the Auckland
area where, as a member of a team ministry, did invaluable work in many fields
and also ministered to the Good Shepherd Parish in Otara - resigned 21.5.1987
Became a valued member of Te Runanga Whakawhanaunga I Nga Haahi o
Aotearoa where he took on a much wider spectrum of work in the ecumenical
field and later became a valued consultant in Maori issues in the community
but more particularly in national Treaty of Waitangi matters.
Appt. Senior Lecturer in Maori and Cross Cultural Studies in the Auckland College
of Education, also acting as counsellor, and sometimes as Acting Director,
Kaumatua, Facilitator Equity for Treaty of Waitangi workshops and had spiritual
oversight of the College.
To Minister within the Bounds
Installed as te Ahorangi ki te Haahi – Maori Mission Resource Teacher to the
Church May 1991 - Inducted at Ohope Marae 19.5.1991
Served on several Te Aka Puaho and Assembly Committees and represented the
Church and Te Runanga Whakawhanaunga I nga Haahi at international events.
RIMMER, Rev Ernest Alfred
b 7.6.1873; w Ethel Caroline b 22.4.1881 m 16.6.1908 d 20.10.1959
HM Mangaweka WgP 8.11.1923, Ord HM 1923
Ngaruawahia WkP 1925
Hobsonville AP 1929 - forced to ret thr ill-health 6.1930
RIPIA, Rev Peter Sunny
Southern Urewera Maori Te Aka Puaho (Non-stipendiary) 15 December 1991
Lodged Certificate December 1991
Died 21 July 2007
RIPIA, Mr Te U.
Artisan Miss 1966
RIPLEY, Rev Ned Eric Q.S.M., J.P., B.Theol.
born 23 January 1933
wife Alice Taiupu married 5 September 1959
Ned grew up in American Samoa and trained for ministry with Congregational Church, Auckland.
Congregational Church, received with Congregational Church at Assembly 1969; Ordained 1966
Otara Pacific Island Church, South Auckland Presbytery, 1966 — resigned 26 July 1981
Dean Maori and Polynesian Studies, Theological Hall Dunedin began 8.1981, Inducted 27 February 1982
Awarded Queen's Service Medal for Public Services (QSM), 1982
Retired to American Samoa, 31 December 1989
Minister Emeritus, March 1990
died 9 October 2018 in Auckland
Te RIRE, Rev Arapeta see under T
Glenomaru ClP stud, supply early part 1903
No further mention.
RITCHIE, Mr Alexander
HM Hornby ChP 1939
RITCHIE, Rev Barbara J. (née Sr. Barbara J Hagan)
b 29 November 1925
h Thomas Graham Ritchie m 17 February 1968
(Refer entry under Sr Barbara J Hagan for pre 1968 details)
Ordained Assistant, Howick, Auckland Presbytery, 20 February 1983 - resigned 31 January 1985
Minister within the Bounds, Auckland Presbytery, 1985
Minister Emerita, Waikato Presbytery, 9 November 1990
Died 3 March 2016
RITCHIE, Rev Charles Alexander
w Joyce Valerie Jennings b 30.5.1919 m 8.3.1944
Theological Hall 1943-45
Ordained Patea TkP 11.12.1945
Associate Minister First Church Invercargill SP 15.4.1949
Gonville WgP 29.1.1953 - resigned 7.3.1955 and withdrew.
RITCHIE, Rev William M.A.
born 1 October 1856, Scotland
wife Elizabeth born 20 November 1852 married 14 November 1888 died 29 July 1940
From Church of Scotland, Scotland, studied Glasgow University, Glasgow Theological Hall
Ordained 1888; served in Carronshore parish, Scotland.
Came to New Zealand end of 1898;
Inducted Wairarapa South, Wairarapa Presbytery, 12 January 1899
Kaiapoi, Christchurch Presbytery, 9 May 1901 resigned 31 May 1903
Edendale South (new charge, Mataura Presbyery) 1904 — retired 1908
After retirement engaged for some years lecturing and organizing for New Zealand Alliancs (for abolition of liquor trade); in 1910 came to Palmerston North and engaged in business till death.
Died 8 September 1945, Palmerston North, suddenly at his residence.
RIVE, Rev Mervyn
Local ordained minister, Masterton St James Union Parish and Featherstone St Andrews Union Church, Presbytery Central Nukuhau Tapu, May 2013, - resigned 31 August 2015
ROADHOUSE, Rev Brian R.
Taupo Union BPP SS 29.1.1989
ROBATI, Rev Vaiora U.
Pacific Islanders Church Mangere AP May 1996
ROBATI-MANI, Rev Robert G.U. Dip.Min.
Kawerau (Stated Supply), Bay of Plenty, April 1998
Grant’s Braes Union Parish, Dunedin Presbytery, November 2001
Otara Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church, South Auckland Presbytery, 24 August 2008
Minister, Cook Island Presbyterian Church Newlands, Presbytery Central Nukuhau Tapu, 31 January 2015
Project to digitise the Cook Islands Maori Bible, 2011 — launched 14 December 2017, Takamoa Theological College, Rarotonga
ROBB, Rev William Officer
b 16.4.1854; w Nellie b 15.3.1874 m 23.6.1898 d 28.5.1953
From PCI; originally sent out to Pres Ch of Queensland; arr Nz 1880 as prob.
Ord Waipawa HBP 3.11.1881 (supplied fr 2.1881) res 22.6.1882
Blenheim NMP 8.11.1882 ret 30.9.1927 - 45 yrs.
He was Clerk of MNP for 52 yrs, including 7 yrs after ret.
'Surely a world record !' (Howes)
Died 20.11.1936, aged 82
ROBERTON, Rev R.
Ord Otematata SP (Ang, Meth, Pres Chapl) 1969
ROBERTS, Rev Hapi Percival
Ord as Amorangi Min, Chapl Turakina Maori Girls Coll MSyn 24.11.1991
ROBERTS, Rev Messina
Licensed Te Aka Puaho 24 February 2007
Amorangi, Whakatane Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho 18 March 2007
ROBERTSON, Mr A.C.
HM Ratanui ClP 1904 res 12.1905 & left HM serv.
ROBERTSON, Rev Alan Douglas M.B.E., B.A.
b 20.10.1909 Wellington
w Beryl McLachlan b 8.4.1911 m 14.3.1933 at Morrinsville.
Initially worked in banking. BA degree from Otago University.
Joined the Home Missionary service 16.11.1935 – resigned 28.11.1940
HM Sawyers Bay Dunedin DnP 1935 (continued while in Hall).
When money was short he walked between Sawyers Bay and Dunedin.
Theological Hall 1938-40
Ordained Shirley-Richmond ChP 28.11.1940
Served a term as Chaplain with the NZ Armed Forces, including time overseas in the Islands.
Continued as a Territorial Chaplain until 1949.
North Invercargill SP 21.5.1947
Director Presbyterian Support Services Auckland 4.12.1958 - retired 31.1.1975
“During his 35 years of ministry, Alan Robertson served on numerous Assembly committees
including Applications and Receptions (Convener), Bills and Business, Ecumenical, Finance,
Life and Work, Maintenance of the Ministry, Publications, Youth, also Special Committees,
Active Service, Commission on New Housing Areas, Rehabilitation, Status of Home
Missionaries (Convener), and Theological Hall Committee.
This list gives some indication of the enourmous value Alan Robertson’s skills and talents
were to the wider church alongside his faithful parish ministry. However it was probably
Alan Robertson’s position as Director of Auckland PSSA which provided scope for his
immense vitality, determination, lively mind and imagination. As a board member of
Southland PSSA, there began a contribution to church and community social services
which flourished and matured into his becoming recognised as a pioneer, innovator and
leader in the field. (from Obit)
Died 21 July 1996
ROBERTSON, Mr Archibald Valentine & Mrs Isabel Winifred
w. Isabel Winifred Ferguson (Daughter of the Rev AM Ferguson) b. Richmond m. 5.1.1963 (Mrs Roberts
educated at Matamata College and Ardmore Teachers College. Holds a Teachers “C” Certificate.)
Mr Robertson educated at Northcote College. Holds an Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ Licence (no 697),
including category A (airframe) gained in New Plymouth and category X (Compass) gained in Tauranga.
Missionaries - New Hebrides (Vanuatu) – dedicated for Missions service Nov 1963
Mr Robertson appointed to replace Mr Hutchinson until Mr Pilkington completed training and ready to take
On staff from 1.1.1964
Left for New Hebrides 3.1.1964
Onesua High School - Teachers
Fulfilled relieving appointment and returned to NZ 7.1965
ROBERTSON, Rev Colin
b. 1856 Geelong
Licensed by the Presbytery of Melbourne (Presb. Church of Victoria) 19.12.1883
Ordained Winchelsea-Barrabool-Birregurra (Geelong Presbytery, Vic) 28.7.1885 to 19.11.1895
(Birregurra disjoined 28.12.1886)
Inducted Cranbourne 3.12.1895 to circa.1903
To New Zealand –
Received by the Presb. Church of New Zealand 15.11.1904
Inducted Whangarei NP 20.12.1904 - resigned 1907
Returned to Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria
Corryong 1911 to 1913
Trafalgar 1913 to 1920 (one records states that he commenced here in 1918)
Streatham 1920 – retired 1926
ROBERTSON, Mrs D. see Allan, Ann
ROBERTSON, Sr Dorothy
b 22.9.1894 Sydney; educated at Oamaru North School, Waitaki Girls’ High School
and Oamaru Technical College; after business training worked as Bank Clerk in National Bank
for six years. With the intention of becoming a Missionary nurse, she trained as nurse at
Missionary China - set apart and dedicated as Missionary at St Paul’s Oamaru 15.9.1926;
departure delayed on account of political unrest in China; arr China 3.1.1927
Po Wai Hospital, Kong Chuen 1.1927 to 25.2.1943
Rep 1934: Apart from responsibilities of administration & practical nursing, the main share of the
work of training Chinese nurses fell on Sr Robertson and Sr Reid.
“Own Missionary” of the Young Women’s Bible Class Union from 15.7.1938
Civilian Internment Camp, Honam Island, Canton 1943 to 31.8.1945, although had been confined to
Hospital grounds by Japanese Military for some months at commencement of WWII.
Po Wai Hospital, Kong Chuen 26.9.1945;
Returned to NZ arrived 21.2.1946; returned to China 5.12.1946;
Seconded to the Honam Health Centre of the Medical College, Lignan University Canton where
She undertook Tutorial and Public Health work. Returned to Po Wai Hospital about 1950.
When Misionaries had to leave China she found urgent work in Leprosarium on Lamma Island,
Hong Kong April 1952. Undertook general nursing work with opportunities for Evangelism,
being the sole medical representative on the island.
Returned to NZ after 30 yrs of strenuous and devoted service by the “Eastern Argosy” 17.3.1957.
Retirement from Missions Service effective from 30.11.1958
Ordained as Deaconess to St Pauls, Oamaru NOP Dec 1957
“She went to China after experience as a bank clerk and a thorough training for the nursing profession.
Throughout her life she was a student; many branches of knowledge fascinated her. He preparation in
NZ and her consequent, disciplined Christian life fitted her to meet with quiet efficiency the varied
demands that life in China and Hong Kong called for. Whether as Matron of Kong Chuen Hospital or as
Acting Medical Superintendent; whether as Superintendent of Nurses or as Tutor Sister, whether in
charge of Public Health experiments at Honam in Canton or at her free clinic among the village communities
of Lamma Island, Hong Kong, she revealed the same steadfast efficiency. Times of danger and difficulty
revealed more clearly her courage and wisdom. Those close to her realized something of the depth and
breadth of her life of intercession.”
“We remember with gratitude her devoted service in China and in Hong Kong and in our own congregation
[Oamaru]. Through her faithful and loving service she brought honour to the Nursing profession, the
missionary enterprise of the Church, and to the Deaconess order.”
Died 19.1.1962 Oamaru, aged 67, in office
ROBERTSON, Rev Frederick B.A.
b 13.11.1894 Australia
w Jeannette Greenlees McCorkindale b 23.11.1899 m 27.8.1924 d 15.4.1987
He came to NZ as a boy; educated in Christchurch.
War service with the 1st NZ Expeditionary Force from 13.3.1915 to 22.1.1920
Theological Hall 1920-22
Ord Kaiapoi ChP 20.3.1923
Lincoln ChP 4.9.1924
Kaikoura NMP 4.10.1928
Pukerau MtP 24.6.1937
Bluff SP 15.12.1944 - resigned 31.1.1946 and left for Scotland.
Auchtermuchty, Scotland (Church of Scotland) 1947 - later Mid-Calder; Strathdon, Aberdeen;
Chapelton (near Glasgow) - retired 31.3.1960;
His last 6 years spent in failing health back in Christchurch.
Died 19.7.1969 Christchurch.
ROBERTSON, Rev Frederick Herbert M.A.
b 31.12.1911 Auckland
w Dorothy Veronica b 24.4.1908 m 3.12.1938
Educated at Auckland University, MA. A student training for the ministry.
Joined the Home Missionary service 1.6.1933
HM Henderson AP 1934 to 5.7.1935
Theological Hall 1936-38
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 13.12.1938
Ord Runanga WsP 7.2.1939
Director, Campaign for Christian Order, organized by the National Council of Churches,
Havelock North HBP 16.3.1944 - resigned 30.6.1951
Founder & Rector, Lindisfarne College Hastings 5.7.1951
He threw himself into working for the PSSA when in Havelock, with the result that a
Children's Home was established, two Homes for the aged, and Hawkes Bay PSSA
organized as separate from Wellington PSSA.
Convenor of the Board of Education; member of the Church Union Committee;
International Relations Committee; Press & Publicity Committee.
Died 15.12.1954 in office
ROBERTSON, Rev Frank William
b 5.9.1878 Tasmania; w Ethel E.M. b 12.5.1891 m 2.2.1916 d 21.7.1976
He came to NZ as a young man.
Ord Eltham TkP 16.2.1911 res 31.8.1914
Paeroa WkP 15.6.1915
Waipawa HBP 31.10.1917 (fr 1941 Waipawa-Otane)
ret 15.3.1944; Clerk HBP many yrs. Junior Clerk
Ass 1933; Clerk Ass 1936 to 28.2.1945
ROBERTSON, Rev Ian Manson B.A., PGDipArts., Dip.Ed.
w Joan Marilyn m 15.12.1961
Theological Hall 1961-3
Ordained Kurow NOP 27.11.1963
St Marks Pine Hill DnP 8.4.1969
Green Island DnP 27.2.1975 - resigned 31.1.1984
PSSA Dunedin, Family Care 18.3.1984 – retired Jan 1999
Minister Emeritus DnP
ROBERTSON, Rev James B.A.
b 26.9.1884; w Jean W.R. b 8.11.1890 m 27.1.1926 d 3.5.1977
He was sent out fr Scot to be HM by UF Ch 1914
HM Otorohanga WkP 1914, Ord HM 1915 res 1916 to study
NZEF War serv 14.3.1917 to 25.5.1919
Ord Min Alexandra COP 3.3.1925
Cashmere Chch 3.4.1930
Marton WgP 16.7.1942
Orakei AP 25.8.1953 ret 31.8.1954
ROBERTSON, Rev John Hislop M.A. (Edin.)
b 11.6.1880 Arbroath Scot; w Christine J. R. nee Robertson b 7.1.1887 m 1.2.1910 d 1.11.1980
On the death of his Father, Rev John Robertson M.A. the family moved from Pendleton, Manchester
where his father had been ministering, to Edinburgh. John H. Robertson attended the Royal High
School, then worked as a law clerk prioir to study at Edinburgh University and the Free Church New
College. When in his 2nd yr at New College, Dr Merrington came to seek men for Aust & he was
interested. He went to NSW, finished his theol. course in Sydney; he was then Ord at Berry NSW;
after that at Bathhurst; after a visit to NZ he was called to Limestone Plains. Ord 1907.
Ind Limestone Plains SP 15.3.1916
Queenstown COP 15.10.1919
Woodlands SP 29.10.1925 res 31.3.1930 ill-health
Waikari ChP 26.10.1933
Lyttelton ChP 9.9.1936
St Peters Chch 29.2.1940 ret 31.1.1942 ill-health.
He has son in Min; Father-in-;aw of Rev N.C. Hall;
Father of Rev Struan Robertson; brother of Rev W.J. Robertson, and father-in-law of Rev NC Hall.
ROBERTSON, Rev Keith W. M.A.,M.Litt., B.D., Dip.Tchg.
b 21.2.1928; w Margaret Jean m – (Mrs Robertson a Parish Elder for 7 years and was
commissioned as a Lay Assistant to assist Keith).
Deputy Principal, Gore High School, 1970-1974
Principal of Wakatipu High School Queenstown for 11 years.
Queenstown Parish Elder for 10 years,
Central Otago Presbytery Clerk 8 years,
Theological Hall 1986-88; licensed by Central Otago Presbytery, 4 December 1988
Ordained Maungatua-Strath Taieri, Dunedin Presbytery, 31 January 1989
Minister Emeritus, 31 December 1993
Dunedin Chinese Church, 1994-1999
Retired to Queenstown
Died 18 July 2012 after a long illness
ROBERTSON, Mr Lawson Arthur DipAg.
b. at Dunedin
w. Dorothy Lois McMillan (or Robertson?) m. 19.12.1959
Educated at North East Valley Primary School Dunedin & Mosgiel District High School.
Later attended Lincoln Agricultural College Canterbury where he was awarded the Diploma
of Agriculture. Farmed for some time.
Maori Mission -
Appointed Agricultural Instructor at Te Whaiti-Nui-a-Toi Farm & Training School 26.1.1957
ROBERTSON, Mr Lee
St Aidan's Putaruru 2011
ROBERTSON, Mr Peter
Lay Assistant Pakuranga 1987-1993
ROBERTSON, Sr Rachel Mrs G. Jenkins
b 15.1.1920 in Auckland.
w Gwilym John (Bill) Robertson 1947 separated 1974
Father was a bank accountant and relocated to Gisbourne, Christchurch and Napier.
Spent 6 months in Pahiatua with her uncles family after the Napier Earthquake 1931
Family reunited at St Andrew's Hamilton, Sunday School at age 14 and Bible Class teacher at age 19
Deaconess College Dunedin
Youth worker Deaconess St Paul's Wanganui 1944
Ord Deac 1946
St Pauls Wanganui 1945-6
Manager Fairfield Presbyterian Church Hamilton 1960s-1970s
Moved to Auckland 1974 resident at Powley House Village 1980s active at St Saviours Anglican Church Blockhouse Bay
ROBERTSON, Miss Rowan
Deac Coll (social service course) 1959
Childrens Home Timaru 1960
ROBERTSON, Rev Struan Athol B.A.
b 6.11.1922 at Queenstown.
w Audrey Josephine b 12.1.1924 m 7.1.1947
Educated at Woodlands and Limehills in Southland, then at Waikari in North Canterbury where
he was school dux, Rangiora High School, then at Christchurch West High School.
Accepted by Christchurch Presbytery as a student for Ministry in 1939.
Drafted into the Army in 1941, serving in the Divisional Signal Corps in Blenheim. In 1943 transferred
to the Royal New Zealand Air Force and trained as a pilot, first at Harewood in Christchurch then in
Canada before seeing war service in Great Britain.
Returned to New Zealand in 1945, resuming his studies, graduating BA in 1947.
Theological Hall 1948-50
Licensed by Christchurhc Presbytery late 1950.
Ordained St Paul's Katikati BPP 12.12.1950
Waitara TkP 22.7.1954
Moderator of Taranaki Presbytery 1959
Chaplain RNZAF Whenuapai/Hobsonville Auckland 30.5.1959
Chaplain RNZAF Lauthala Bay, Fiji 20.10.1962
After his Chaplaincy appointment offically concluded, he remained on the Air Force Active Reserve
as a Chaplain with some related duties until 1977.
Patea TkP 19.11.1964
St Margaret's Belmont NSP 8.8.1968 - resigned 30.9.1977
While at Belmont, he was greatly influenced by the Renewal Movement of the 1970's.
Moderator of North Shore Presbytery 1977.
Appointed Presbyterian Officiating Chaplain to the Royal New Zealand Navy, Devonport Auckland 1970-75
Wellsford Co-operating Parish NP 27.6.1978 - retired 1983
Minister Emeritus 16.8.1983
"In retirement Struan continued in a life of ministry assisting at Warkworth, at both St Peters and Greerton
Union Parishes in Tauranga, at St Giles Te Atatu, and at Pt Chevalier Co-operating Parish.
Both in his active and retirement years, Struan kept or wrote historical records and notes of all the parishes
in which he had provided ministry, and wrote several occasional histories of some of these.
As a Minister, Struan will be rembered as a sound scriptural preacher an dteacher, who included all forms
of prayer in leading worship, a ministry of prayer in pastoral work, sensitive engagement in the healing
ministry, an active interest in the church's historical heritage, and pastoral care for people as an active priority."
Served as Honorary Chaplain to at least one ex-service association over the years.
Son of the Rev JH Robertson; Brother in law of the Rev NC Hall.
Died 2 Aug 2007 at Selwyn Retirement Village Hospital Auckland aftera short illness, aged 84 years.
ROBERTSON, Rev Stuart Alexander
w Lilian Rosena b. 31.5.1920 m. 7.9.1945 d. 4.8.1999
Attended a Brethren Mission in his hometown of Timaru. Then studied at the Bible
Training Institute 1939-40 with the aim of becoming involved in overseas mission work.
Conscripted by the Army, he served in the Auckland area with the YMCA until the end
of the war. After the war he returned south in 1945 to Ashburton where he went into
partnership with his Brother as a butcher. He attended St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
and undertook some lay Preaching in rural districts. In 1947, the Director of Home
Missions, the Rev AD Horwell, persuaded him to enrol in an ordination course designed
for returned servicemen.
Inducted as Home Missionary at Greytown WpP Aug 1949
During his time at Greytown, he completed his ordination course by correspondence.
Ordained HM 10 Feb 1953
Ruawai NP 15 Mar 1954 – built a Church and a congregation.
Wellsford NSP 1955 – again he had to build a Church and a congregation.
Theological Hall (special emergency course) 1957-58
St Aidans Linden WnP 18.12.1958 – This was a “New Life” Parish, which required him to
again build up a congregation and oversee the building of a Church.
Feilding MnP 3.2.1966 – the Church burnt down in 1965 (arson), which required him to
oversee the building of yet another Church – the fourth in his Ministry.
He also became active in the Presbyterian Social Services Association, helping to establish
Combrae Retirement Home and becoming a Presbytery representative on the PSSA Central
Region Board. In 2002, he was made a life member of Presbyterian Support Central in
recognition of his commitment and loyal service.
Ngaio Union Parish WnP 3.3.1977
During his time at Ngaio, Stuart had to meld two congregations into one and dispose of a
surplus Church and Hall. His reconciling skills were well used in this parish.
Minister Emeritus MnP 31.1.1982
Stuart retired to Palmerston North where he was then employed on a part time basis by
St Andrew’s Church where he was a pastoral visitor for five years.
“Stuart had a long and fruitful ministry. He was a man of strength and integrity. On him
rests the gentleness of the Holy Spirit and the love and compassion of Jesus. He was able
to reflect the glory and grace of Christ as he built up people in the faith and built up the
church, both spiritually and temporally.”
(From Pres. of Wanganui/Manawatu Memorial Minute”)
Died at Palmerston North 11 Dec 2005, aged 85 years.
ROBERTSON, Rev Stuart Struan G.
w Annie Elizabeth Johnson b 22.7.1902 m 5.4.1933 d 15.1.1995
A true ‘Otagoite’, his Great Grandfather had sailed to Dunedin aboard the ‘Philip Laing’
in 1848. Born and brought up on the family farm at Highcliff on the Otago Peninsula.
Took on casual farming work before taking over his own farm near Clinton. Although a
successful farmer, he became drawn to Ministry and entered the Home Mission service
as from 1.2.1947. Has attended a Technical College for two years.
Waitati DnP 1947
Hedgehope SP 1948
Coal Creek COP 1951; Ord HM 18.12.1951
He established a Church at the Roxburgh Hydro Electric village during this time.
Dunback-Macraes NOP 1954
Theological Hall (emergency course) 1957, raised to full Ministerial status in 1957.
Morven SCP 20.5.1958
Waitati DnP 22.9.1966
Maheno-Incholme NOP 26.11.1968 - retired 31.12.1972
“[He] was blessed with a long and happy retirement in Dunedin. These were rewarding
years for someone so artistically gifted and took up playing the cello and flute in local
orchestras. In his younger years, Stuart wrote his own music, but in later years he
turned more to poetry writing. As an artist, he had a gift for pencil work.” (from Obit.)
Died July 1999
ROBERTSON, Rev Thomas Frew
w no info, pred h
Licensed by the Free Church of Scotland Glasgow Presbytery 1872(?)
Ordained by the Free Church of Scotland Dumbarton Presbytery (one record indicates
Strathblane) Apr 1878
To New Zealand :
Ind St Stephens Ponsonby Auckland AP 25.7.1889 - retired 7.2.1905 (one record
indicates 16.11.1905) due to ill-health.
'Although a great sufferer for many years, he was always cheerful & patient.' (Obit)
Died 30.8.1917 at Auckland (one record indicates date of death as 24.8.1917)
ROBERTSON, Rev William John M.B.E.
b 15.3.1874 Arbroath Scot; w Jemima D. W. b 11.4.1869 m 4.12.1901
Mokoreta MtP 1913
Otago Peninsula Outfields stud 1916 (while in Hall)
Ord Waikiwi Invercargill 5.3.1919 ret 5.3.1939
He began farming in Scot; served in Boer War in Scottish Regiment. Brother of Rev
J.H. Robertson. Mod OSyn 1931. He made a great contribution in Social Service;
his great ambition waas a Home for elderly, which was established in 'Peacehaven',
Invercargill, for which he was awarded MBE; Chairm of PSSA Invercargill 1932-9,
& 1947-57; Clerk of SP fr 7.1923 to 4.1927.
Died 22.2.1966 Peacehaven, Invercargill
ROBERTSON, Dr William Stewart M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S. (Edin.)
w Agnes (Nancie) M. b 8.5.1886 m 31.8.1909
Rep 1907: From 1897 he spent 4 yrs 6 mths as Missionary for Poona & India Village
Mission at Poona in India, engaged in itinerant evangelistic work & famine relief;
gained familiarity with Marathi language.
Then returned to NZ & passed medic prelim under tuition of Rev J.A. Asher.
He applied to Edin Medic Miss Socy & worked his passage to London as ord seaman.
He has pursued his medic studies in Edin & expects to sit finals 5.1909, & then go to
India. Ord as elder before sailed for India 1910, arr 18.11.1910. He was detailed for Govt
service at Muree from 3.1916 till 10.1916; became Prof of Operative Surgery at
Lahore 10.1917, while the regular Prof was at War.
Punjab India 1910; at his own request 1.2.1921 he was replaced & freed from our
staff, with furlough till 31.10.1921, owing to medical advice that he was physically
unfit for further service on the Punjab plains; res as Miss of PCNZ 31.1.1921, also
because of difficulties with the educ of his 4 sons. He went into Govt service as
State Surgeon in the Native Indian State of Chamba (in the high country) 1921.
(If anyone can provide further details of Dr Roberstson’s life we will be happy to
add it to this entry)
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