The Foreign Missions Office was once the
busy administrative centre of our large Missions organization.
Today it's records are available as an on
line resource containing over 600 pages of condensed historical information
giving an overview of the Foreign Mission activities of the New Zealand
Presbyterian Church from 1867. This material includes India (Madras
and The Punjab), South China, New Hebrides (Vanuatu) and the Chinese in
We invite usage of this original
material and our vast resource of Missions related records and photos by private
individuals, students and anyone with an interest in studying the history
of our Missions and of the Missionaries themselves. Our Mission Archives
are a unique primary resource for those who wish to study various historical
and religious aspects of Mission activity in foreign countries including
a wide range of secular, political, ethnographic and racial related issues.
Please Read Before Accessing
Manuscript Material :
Prior to accessing the Mission manuscript material,
we strongly recommend reading the following information pages first to gain an overview of the material and how it is organized and described. This will assist you to more easily understand and navigate through the various aspects of the Mission organization and its manuscript records.
You may access the manuscript information through
the "Subject Categories" section below or by using our search engine above. The search engine will aid in pinpointing general topics
throughout the whole manuscript material however accessing the "Subject
Categories" pages will give you a more concise and controlled idea of where
you are searching. Navigation links on the correspondence pages will guide
Information Pages :
Subject Categories : (Please drag the slide bar down
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Additional Missions Related
The Foreign Missions Office Library
Mission Histories :
A history of each of our Mission areas
Mission Photos :
A selection of images from each Mission area.
Click on the thumbnails to see a larger image
This link lists old personal papers we hold (eg : personal correspondence, diaries, private family histories etc).
In Memoriam :
A short biographical tribute with photos dedicated
to our Missionaries who died on the Mission field or as a direct result of having served on the field.
Archive material of a sensitive or personal
nature may be restricted for public access at the Archivist's discretion. Staff and financial records for
Missionaries still living will not be available and may remain restricted until 50 years after death. Any
access will be at the Archivist's discretion for the express purposes of bona fide academic study or immediate
family research subject to each individual's circumstances. General public perusal of such
material will not be permitted under any circumstances.
Our Copying Policy :
In order to assist the preservation of our
archival material, the majority of our Mission material may not be copied
except for limited items required for specific and defined research purposes.
This project was initially funded by a special
grant from the 'World Council For Mission'.