Register of New Zealand
Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
Stiles to Symons
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STILES, Rev Mrs Gladys May B.A., L.Th.(Hons)
h. Glenville Gordon Stiles m. 4.7.1953
Hall (St Johns College Auckland) 1978-80
Ordained Assist St Johns-St Philips Papatoetoe SAP half-time 1981
Otara-East Tamaki SAP PIC 14.5.1982
Orakei AP 11.2.1987, also Co-ordinator for Council for Mission and Ecumenical Affairs.
Minister Emeritus AP Mar 1997
West Coast Uniting Church Council 8 May 2003
Minister Emeritus WsP 2004
STINSON, Rev Thomas B.A.
b 8.2.1864 Ballymograne, Co Tyrone, Irel;
w Ethel b 25.3.1868 m 10.11.1902 d 13.3.1941
Ord Ballymograne 1887, as successor to his Father; he was son of Manse. After his
Father's death, the cong had waited 2 yrs until the son was lic & able to be ord &
ind to his Father's charge. He came to NZ 1902 with commission fr PCI.
Ind Trinity Timaru 13.5.1902 (Wm Gillies was Sen Min at the time). This was his
only charge in NZ, where he served 26 yrs, ret 31.3.1928
He took an active interest in Timaru BHS; active in Temperance Movt; spokesman
for Prohibition Party in Sth Cant; under his guidance the PSSA Sth Cant was
formed & Children's Home in Timaru established; champion of Bible-in-schools.
In ret lived in Peel Forest.
STIRLING, Rev Blair
Licensed by Christchurch Presbytery to National Ordained Ministry
Ord Hornby ChP 12.2.2012
STOBO, Rev Andrew Hamilton
b 28 Aug 1832 at Strutherhead, Parish of Avondale, Lanarkshire, Scotland
w.(1) b. (?) m.(?) d. 1884
w.(2) J.R. b 13.1.1859 m - d 13.5.1928 – There were three sons by this second
marriage, one being killed during World War One.
Attended Sandford Village School, Lesmahagow Parish School then finally
Strathaven Parish School.
Entered Glasgow University in 1847 with the intention of entering the Ministry
of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Ill health caused him to temporarily leave
his studies, starting at the Free Church School in Strathaven.
Entered New College Edinburgh in Nov 1852.
After completion of his studies he was engaged as a Missionary at Uddingstone.
Licensed to Preach by the Free Church Presbytery at Hamilton 4 Nov 1857
Appointed to the Territorial Mission (now Free Church St Andrew’s), Castle Street, Montrose.
Resolved to go to the colonies and was appointed by the Colonial Committee
of the Free Church of Scotland in 1859 to proceed to Invercargill, New Zealand,
a new settlement which was applying for a Minister.
Left the Clyde on the “Storm Cloud” and landed at Port Chalmers 27 April 1860.
Came to New Zealand as Probationer.
First 6 months “Preached in various places up and down the Presbytery [Otago]”
Ordained at Invercargill 29.6.1860
Resigned 31.12.1879 due to ill-health.
Invercargill Outfields (easier task - on account of his health) 1882
(charge included Appleby as centre, Clifton, & Georgetown.)
Moderator of the Synod of Otago and Southland 1868
Took a trip back to the “Homeland” in 1896, his health gradually declined thereafter.
Died 24.12.1898, aged 66 years.
STOBO, Miss Catherine Elizabeth Douglas
She was admitted to the Beneficiary Fund on 1.2.1939 and retired 31.1.1950. This indicates
that she was employed by the Presbyterian Church, but in what capacity or field is not known.
STONE, Mr David R.
P D & M Consultant Hamilton (exchange) 1981
STORKEY, Rev Douglas William B.A.; M.A.
b 20.7.1917 at Napier (one of twins).
Educated at Central High School Napier, Napier Boy’s High School and then attended the
Auckland Teachers Training College and Auckland University to train as a Primary Teacher.
Held teaching posts at Hastings Street School and Putorino School before he decided to join
the Ministry. While at Teachers College he was very active in the Student Christian Movement.
He was strongly influenced by the Rev Bower Black at St David’s in Auckland and earlier by
the Rev John Asher at St Paul’s in Napier.
Theological Hall 1941-43
Undertook extra study at Otago University, graduating with his B.A. in 1942
Licensed to the work of the Ministry at St Pauls Napier 1943
Ordained Locum Tenens Knox Masterton WpP 17.11.1943
Inducted Knox Masterton 2.5.1945 - resigned 16.5.1947
Chaplain to NZ Occupation Force in Japan (J-Force) 17.5.1947 to 1948
St Mungo’s & St Peters, Grey Lynne, Auckland AP 24.2.1949 - resigned 31.7.1952
(Studied part time at Auckland University, graduating with an M.A. in 1950)
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clapham, London, UK (Stated Supply) – 6 month term
Kent Terrace (now Mt Victoria) Wellington WnP 15.12.1953
Knox Church Dunedin DnP 8.6.1961
St Andrews on to he Terrace, Wellington WnP 27.5.1971 - resigned 4.3.1974
Chaplain Lindisfarne College Hastings 10.3.1974 - retired 31.1.1983
“Doug Storkey is a very sound theologian, a brilliant orator, a wide reader, who is well steeped
in good literature, and the possessor of a sense of humour which he knows how to use with
penetrating effect in all his preaching” (Rev Dr. H Ryburn)
“He also influenced a wide community of readers throughout Otago and Southland through his
weekly religious articles in the Evening Star, and an even larger audience through his regular
broadcasts. He had a genius for relating to people from a huge variety of backgrounds. He also
had a glorious sense of humour which helped. He had a great ability to draw on his own experience
and to never patronise people. (He) also had an interest in broadcasting. As well as convening the
Presb. Church Broadcasting Committee, he spoke out on apartheid. He sparked off the
anti-apartheid campaign with a sermon at Kent Terrace in Wellington. A tremendous orator,
whose sermons (at Lindisfarne College) inspired many a student. A caring and compassionate
man who was always available for wise and considered counsel. Doug’s warmth and genuine
concern has influenced the life of many.
Doug Storkey was too honest a thinker to divorce himself from the modern trends of thought
in the theological world, but convinced by what he always regarded as the basic truths of
scripture, and influenced by the brilliant theologians of his day, as a theologian he remained to
the end what might be termed a balanced and wholesome traditionalist, and as a preacher of the
Gospel he consistently presented his message as a warm-hearted evangelist.” (From Obit.)
Retired in Hastings before moving to Longview Rest Home due to failing eyesight and health.
Died 7 Jan 2003 at Longview Rest Home, Tawa, Wellington after a short illness.
STOUT, Rev Laurence Douglas (Doug)
b. 1932 on Fair Isle, Shetland Islands
Became Postmaster on the Island at age 18 after the death of his Father. Came to NZ with other
family members at age 27. Became an Accountant in Wellington.
Theological Hall 1967-69
Cromwell-Arrowtown COP 2.10.1975
East Gore MtP 13.9.1983 - retired 31.12.1992 due to ill-health
Shared voluntary Ministry to the Chinese Presbyterian Church Dunedin DnP 1994 – while here
he began to learn Mandarin.
“No manse could have been more fully open, not hospitality so readily given, not holidays so
seldom taken. Doug Stout was a faithful, caring minister of the church. With his great heart
and christian humility, he could reach all people, and especially the less privileged. To all
who lived or worked with him, he was a brother – and a saint.” (from Obit.)
STOWELL, Rev George K.
w. (?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
From Scotland - arrived 1878
Helensville (Lower Kaipara) - student preacher 1879
Mangapai, Kaiwaka, Maungakaramea and district NP (supply) 1880
Picton- student preacher (supply) 1882
Ordained and Inducted Picton NMP 17.4.1884
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales
Gladstone (supply) circa 1887 to 1890
Returned to New Zealand -
Kumara WsP 2.1891 - resigned 2.1893
Riwaka NMP (supply) 1893
Waikari ChP 1895
Waitaki NOP 1897
Hunterville WgP 1901
Waipawa HBP 8.1902
South Wairarapa (Featherston) 5.2.1909 - retired 15.7.1916
Died 16.12.1929 at Cairo, Egypt (while on a trip to the Holy Land)
STRANG, Rev John Stanford (Jack) B.A.
b 23.4.1909; w Helen Reid b 3.9.1910 m 11.9.1934
Hall 1931-3 - He began as private stud; was accepted as stud for min 1932.
Ord Catlins (Ratanui ClP) 22.11.1933
Fairlie (Mackenzie County SCP) 10.9.1936
Chapl 2NZEF 8.8.1940
St Ninians ChP 25.2.1942
Trinity Nelson NMP 19.5.1953
Assoc Knox Ch Chch 11.12.1969 ret 30.11.1973
STRANG, Dr Peter James Harvey M.B., Ch.B., Dip.Obst.
w Marion Ruth Freeman b. Dunedin m 19.12.1964 (Secondary School Teacher, B.Sc., Dip. Teaching)
Educated at Kings High School. A Comminucant member of the Presb. Church of NZ since 1958.
Appointed Medical Missionary, Papua New Guinea
To All Saints College Sydney for short Missionary training course 24.8.1970
Arrived at Iruna, Papua New Guinea 22.10.1970, took place of Dr N. Thomson
Gemo Island, Co-ordinator of Ch health services in liaison with Government 1973
Resigned From Overseas Mission staff 30.6.1974 and withdrew.
Munda, Solomon Islands - left NZ 1.1987 - replaced Easons as Medical Superintendent at Helena
Goldie Hospital 1987-88.
Father of Mrs Jan Hamill (wife of the Rev Dr Bruce Hamill)
STRICKLAND, Rev Dr David Robert B.A.,M.Div.,Ph.D.(Edin)
w Ellen Artinian m 17.12.1967
From USA, United Pres Church
Licensed by the Presbytery of Le high, Pennsylvania, USA 13.6.1972
Also studied at Edinburgh, Strasbourg & Munich
To New Zealand –
Received by the PCNZ General Assembly 1974
Cromwell (Stated Supply) COP 1.12.1973
Ord Titirangi AP 28.3.1974 - resigned 23.6.1989
Returned to USA –
Palo Christi Presb. Church, Paradise Valley, Arizona USA
STRICKSON-PUA, Rev Muamua S. BSW. (Ed)., CQSW.
STRICKSON-PUA, Ms Linda Ann B.Ed., Post Grad Dip
Mua worked previously as a detached youth worker with King Cobra gang (1980-81);
Radio DJ & Producer at Otago FM for Pacific Island programmes (1987-89); Radio Reo
Atumotu 1593 AM Breakfast Show Host, Sports Commentator & DJ (1993-1998).
Theological Hall 1986-89
Ordained Pacific Islanders Church Com, Youth Consultant Auckland 16.8.1990
Term completed 31.1.1994
Minister within the Bounds (Muamua) AP Jan 1994
Chaplain & Pasifika Development
Tutor for Tagata Pasifika Resources & Development Trust.
Pacific Island Church Synod Executive for the English Speaking Group.
Both working in an urban Pasifika Community development and Ministry Outreach programme.
Working with Pasifika Artists, Gay & Lesbian communities, networks of Educationalist, Youth
Workers, Unionists, and Unemployed. From sports and healing to social services, also serving
diverse Pasifika communities including Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, and
Tuvalu. Also working with Tangata Whenua and Treaty of Waitangi groups. For the last ten
years this shared Ministry has been covering the areas and communities that the traditional
Church do not pastor to, their role being supportive and as a presence of love and peace.
STRINGER, Mr Charles Richard
He was a public school teacher at Orawia Sthland; volunteered for Miss & was app
for 2 yrs in New Hebridess (Vanuatu);
Dedicated for Miss serv at St Pauls Oamaru 21.3.1928,
arr Vila 7.5.1928
He commenced teaching at school at Wuro, Ambrim & started to learn the Ambrim
language. He continued teaching in Vanuatu till 12.1928, when the Miss buildings
were destroyed & he lost his personal effects. In 1929 most of his time was spent
in Nth Ambrim & bush villages, & Mansfield's serious illness in 1929 threw an
extra burden on Stringer. He res 30.9.1929 & returned to NZ.
STRINGER, Rev J.A. Dip.Theol.
Wairoa Union GP 2.1975
STRINGER, Rev Robert
Meth Ch - Miss Solomon Is
Solomon Is 1971 - returned to NZ 1977 after 6 yrs serv.
STUART, Rev. Dr. Donald McNaughton D.D. (St Andrews)
b 5.2.1819 Styx Perthshire Scotland
w Jessie nee Robertson b (?) m 1850 d 1862
He was educ at St Andrews University; with others he purchased the 'Edinburgh Witness' newspaper.
The Senate expelled him for campaigning (in his paper) for the election of a Rector in opposition to the
Senate candidate; he was later restored as a student by a Royal Commission. In 1837 he began an
adventure school at Leven. It began with one pupil, and in 2½ years the school had 70 pupils. He then
began his theological studies at New College in Edinburgh. In 1844 he became a class teacher at a
school near Windsor; and in a short time became Principal. While there he continued his theological
studies privately under three leading theological scholars in London; he completed his theological
studies with a final year in Edinburgh
Licensed by the Free Church Presbytery of Kelso in 1848 then called to Falstone, Northumberlandshire.
Ordained by the English Presbyterian Church at at Newcastle on Tyne in 1849, remained there 10 years.
In 1858 a 2nd congregation was established in Dunedin (Knox Church) New Zealand and they appointed
a commission of three Churchmen in the UK to select a man for them; it so happened that one of the three
had been his tutor in London and knew him well; Stuart's was the name they recommended as Minister for
On 27.1.1860 he, along with wife and family, arrived in Dunedin on the 'Bosworth'. Rev Thomas Burns at First
Church generously left his pulpit for seven weeks while he made a trip South to assess the need for further
charges in Southland, leaving his pulpit to Stuart to allow him time to become known to all who wished to
join the new congregation at Knox Church.
Inducted Knox Church Dunedin DnP 16.5.1860
Stuart was keenly interested in education, and a strong advocate for the Theological Hall to be established.
In its first year he was Tutor in Curch History. In 1875 he was a member of the Board to recommend reforms
to the High Schools in Dunedin; 2 years later he was on the Board of both Boys & Girls High School; he
was an original member of the Otago University Council; in 1871,74, 77 was Vice-Chancellor of Otago
University, and Chancellor from 1879 untill his death; he was a member of the NZ University Senate 1873-81;
Editor of the "Evangelist" 1874-78; in 1872 St Andrews University conferred on him the honorary degree of DD.
“He stood in every pulpit (Presbyterian) from Waitaki to the Bluff, and there are reminiscences of some
homely word kindly spoken, or some timely service ungrudgingly rendered in every congregation. His name
is still a household word throughout the land, linked by bridal or baptismal or funeral to many a fireside.
Memories of some little oddity in manner, or quaintness in speech, or outburst of emotion, are still fondly
cherished. His plaided form seemed always to remind one of the breezy hillsides, the swaying pinewoods,
the bee-haunted heather of his native land. His sunny face, his cheery manner, his forceful talk, bore with
them a kind of inspiration.' (Rev J. Chisholm)
Died 16.5.1894 in office.
STUART, Rev Henry Cooke
w Esther b 21.2.1891 m 6.10.1915
Licensed & inducted by Neury (?) Presbytery, Ireland Oct 1915
From Scotland (?) - obtained by Dr Gibb.
Ind Matamata WkP 21.4.1921 for 1 year
Inducted and confirmed as full Minister of Matamata 14.5.1922
Tuakau SAP 5.12.1923
Waverley TkP 28.5.1928 - resigned 6.4.1935 and withdrew.
Father of the Rev WS Stuart.
STUART, Rev. Dr. James
From Methodist Church
St Andrews Church Wellington WnP 23.2.1995
Co-ordinator of Association of Reconciling Congregations and Christians.
STUART, Mr R.
HM Rakaia AsP stud prch 1885-6, no further mention.
STUART, Rev William (Bill) Samuel B.A.
b 25.7.1918 in Ireland, a son of the manse.
w Esther b 6.4.1921 m 1.10.1947
Received his B.A. from Trinity University, Dublin
Licensed by Presbytery of Coleraine, County Derry, Ireland 1947.
Came to NZ in 1948 as Probationer, recommended by Rev Tulloch Yuille.
Received by the PCNZ 1948
Ordained Reefton-Totara Flat WsP 15.6.1948
Taihape WgP 19.4.1951 (During the time of the Tangiwai Rail Disaster)
Kohimarama AP 10.2.1955
Tokoroa WkP 21.2.1961
Knox, New Plymouth TkP 3.9.1964
St Cuthberts East Coast Bays NSP 11.9.1969
Waipu NP 27.10.1977 - retired 20.2.1983
After retirement served for a 3 month term of Ministry in Winton Parish, Central Southand SP
Retired to Auckland.
From time to time took services at Conifer Grove in Manurewa and at Iona in Blockhouse Bay.
"Bill was avery conscientious minister who liked to be well-prepared for services and who saw
the value of pastoral visiting. He had a great love of preaching and enjoyed working with the
scriptures of the Old Teastament. He had been trained to project his voice and shunned the
use of microphones. His strong voice with an Iirish lilt was very compelling. He was not afraid
to do some straight-talking when the need arose, and was able to get alongside people from
all walks of life and of different deniminations. He and his wide Edith worked as a team,
frequently undertaking pastoral visiting together. He was committed to his calling and his
ministry bore much fruit."
[from Memorial Minute]
Son of the Rev HC Stuart.
Died 21 July 2007 at Auckland
STUBBS, Mr F.
Received into the Ministry at the General Assembly 1940 with 1 years probation.
No further mention.
STUBBS, Rev Frederick F.R.G.S.
b 1855 England
w. Emma b. ?? m. ?? d. ??
From Presbyterian Church of England, Ordained 1880; came to NZ with a commission
from Free Church of Scotland in 1895
Inducted Feilding MnP 18.8.1896
Cust ChP 27.10.1898 - resigned 1902
Rotorua 1903 - was never formally inducted, but worked zealously under Church Extension
Committee (Rep 1905).
In 1907 chronic throat trouble necessitated giving up ministry. He travelled extensively especially
in the East, for some 30 years and wrote accounts of his travels as a journalist.
Mrs E.W. Kirk (China) was his daughter.
Died 1945 Sydney (Rep 1945)
STUBBS, Miss Winnifred Mary (Winnie) Mrs E.W. Kirk
Missionary to the Canton Villages Mission China
She arrived at Canton to be a Nurse at -
Ko T'ong Hospital in 11.1913
“'Own Missionary” of Knox Church, Christchurch.
Married Dr E.W. Kirk in Canada 10.4.1917; daughter of Rev F. Stubbs.
Died London 1950’s (Refer also entry for Dr. EW Kirk)
STUTTER, Rev Malcolm Roger B.Sc.(Lond), F.R.G.S.
b 3.7.1920 Edmonton, London
w Mary Rhoda b 21.11.1924 m 23.7.1960
Joined the Royal Navy at 19 as a Naval Airman, second class. He left in 1962 with
the rank of Lieutenant-Commander. Read for ministry for five years through the
New College, London.
Ordained 1964 as Minister of the Congregational Church at Plymouth in Devon,1964
Emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1967 as a Minister of the United Reformed
Church of England and Wales.
Taught at Wanganui High School, Opotiki High School, and at St Matthew’s, Masterton;
During this period he undertook preaching most Sundays.
Moved to teaching at the Correspondence School in Wellington to be able to devote
more time to the Church.
Applied to and received by the Presb. Church of NZ as a Minister in 1975.
Matawhero Gisborne 5.2.1978 - retired 31.12.1983 due to ill-health
Retired to Mt Maunganui.
“Retirement for Malcolm meant helping the Church of God wherever that help was needed,
be it Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist, Union or Baptist part of the Church.
Malcolm’s ministry is remembered for many reasons, but especially his strong pastoral
work and his acceptance of all people. He had a keen interest in the healing ministry of the
Church, and a love for younger people.” (from Obit.)
STYLES, Rev Charles Thomas M.A., B.D.
w Jean Goodlad m 24.1.1953 d March 2005
Came from a farming life in the Waikaka area of Southland and in his youth worked with teams of horses.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1952-54
Ordained Malvern ChP 9.12.1954
Pine Hill Dunedin DnP 9.6.1960
St Giles Kilbirnie Wellington WnP 19.9.1968
Brooklyn Wellington (part-time) WnP 17.10.1974
Carterton Union Parish WpP 7.2.1978
Awatere-Flaxbourne NMP 17.11.1983 - retired 30.4.1985
Awatere-Flaxbourne (Stated Supply) 1.5.1985 to 30.4.1987
Served the National Church as one of the Church Property Trustees and through his Ministerial life he
maintained a considerable grasp of the Book of Order.
Minister Emeritus Apr 1985
Retired to Masterton
"Charles enjoyed learning, literally until the day he died. Study leave included an extended trip to the
Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland.
In these later years [at Masterton] Charles returned to the farm, in that he and Jean had enough land in
a quiet spot to keep a sheep or two, a few hens, some well grown trees and a productive vegetable garden.
From within that rather arcadian setting Charles continued to be a wise, often shrewd, but always kindly
mentor to younger ministers who needed a little help along the way.
He trusted in this old prayer :
[from Memorial Minute]
Died 13th May 2008
SU'A, Rev Iona L.Th, Dip.Min, B.Theol
Pacific Islanders Samoan Church Invercargill SP Feb 1998
Minister within the Bounds SAP 6 Apr 2005
SUA, Mr Jona
Theological Hall 1991-93
Licensed at Pacific Islander's Churc, Otara, South Auckland SAP 9.3.1995
SU'A, Rev Talosaga Matautia Titi B.A., B.Th, PG Dip Arts, Dip Min
Born 1 September 1960
Theological Hall 1990-92
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 3.6.1993
Ordained St Davids Taihape WgP SS 24.6.1993
Minister in charge Taihape 3.5.1994
St.James Presb. Church Wanganui WgP Jan 2000
Mt Albert, Auckland AP 22 July 2004
Volunteer chaplain at Unitec
Died 2 Jan 2012 after a long battle with cancer
SULLIVAN, Rev Charles McNeil
b Ireland 13.12.1896; grew up in Ravensbourne.
w Marion M. nee Gray (daughter of Rev A. Gray) b 9.11.1897 m 3.11.1925
HM Hindon DnP 1920-5
Gladstone DnP 1926-7
Ord Pembroke (Wanaka COP) 8.2.1928
Caversham DnP 28.2.1935
Waikouaiti DnP 18.11.1954 ret 31.12.1961, ret to Alexandra, & served
parish of Lauder
Died 1.12.1965 suddenly, aged 68
SUMMERS, Rev J.
b. Ironbridge 1815
Miss to a London Cong; then in Norfolk, Bridgeford. Came to Vict Aust in 1858.
To NZ -
First Ch Invercargill supply 1877
Hampden NOP 1879
Died 8.9.188 suddenly, at choir practice
SUNMAN, MMr Nick & Mrs
Overseas Workers - Malaysia 1981
SUSABDA, Rev Jusak B.D.(Sarjana Theologia)
w. Ruth Setiawati m 4.3.1963
From Indonesia; Chinese, has lived in Indonesia all his life.
After serving 14 years in pastorate he studied at Internat Training Institute, Hong Kong;
in 1973 he went to Graduate School Bossey, Geneva; from 1972-74 studied at RC Seminary,
Bandung, Indonesia. Called to -
St Davids Kaiti Gisborne 10.9.1978
Associate Minister St Andrews Auckland (Indonesian Congregation) AP 21.6.1990
St.Andrew’s First Presb. Church, Symond’s St, Auckland - AP June 1990
Asian Ministries Work Group 2002
Minister Emeritus AP 21 October 2002
Miss Carpenter - New Hebrides (Vanuatu) 1925-6
SUTHERLAND, Rev Angus
HM St Peters Grey Lynn Ak (was Assist, Hon Worker) 1942,
Ord HM 1942 res 1947
SUTHERLAND, Rev Alexander (Alex) Eric B.A., B.Theol., L.Th.
w Nicola Anne m 9.2.1974
Theological Hall 1971-3
Ordained Assist Knox Ch Dn 11.2.1975
Epsom Auckland AP 17.3.1977
Suva Fiji 8.11.1981- resigned 31.12.1984 - study leave to Melbourne
Associate Minister St Andrews Collegiate Hastings 23.1.1986
Resigned 31.7.1986 and withdrew, working in Justice Department Auckland.
Lodged certificate Nov 1986
SUTHERLAND, Dr Angus Leslie M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S.E., D.O.M.S.
b Kaikorai, Dunedin 1.12.1900
w Margaret Elizabeth Massie (of Church of Scotland Mission at Sialkot, Punjab) b 19.6.1903 m 21.11.1928
Educated at Kaikorai Primary School, Otago Boys’ High School & Otago University,
Graduated M.B., Ch.B. in 1923.
Ordained as Medical Missionary, Jagadhri Hospital India 8.7.1924
“Own Missionary” of St David’s Presbyterian Church, Auckland.
Sailed for India 1925
Post-graduate study in Edinburgh and London 1929; they lost an infant son in Edinburgh and an infant
daughter in India 23.11.1932. Ill-health compelled a visit to England in 1934.
Served in World War Two with Indian Medical Unit as Surgeon with rank of Colonel in mobile Medical
unit from 15.2.1941 to Oct 1945.
In 1946 moved from Miraj Mission Hospital to Jagadhri Hospital.
Resigned 1950 for family reasons and returned to NZ; he began practice as eye specialist in Christchurch 1951.
Son of R.R.M. Sutherland; Brother of A.F. Sutherland.
Died 27.9.1976 Christchurch
SUTHERLAND, Rev Angus Mackay
Born in the Highlands of Scotland.
Came to NZ 1926. He was prevented by ill-health from training for the ministry,
but gave himself to service as an Elder, Bible Class Leader, and Lay Preacher
at St Mungos and St Peters in Auckland - in effect he was an Honorary Home
Missionary from 1926.
Ord as Honorary HM to St Peters, Grey Lynn (incl. Richmond) Auckland AP 28.5.1942 -
HM Henderson AP 1952 - ill-health
Te Atatu AP 1955
Died 27.7.1956, aged 76
SUTHERLAND, Rev Arthur Francis B.A.
b 5.8.1896 Dunedin
w Annie Helen Kelly b 25.1.1893 m 18.11.1924 d 1976
HM Hindon DnP (Student) 1918
Theological Hall 1922-24
Ordained Rangitaiki BPP 9.12.1924
Pahiatua MnP 18.7.1929
Te Kuiti WkP 5.10.1932
Morven SCO 14.8.1935
Oreti SP 7.1.1944
Knapdale MtP 23.3.1950
Waiareka NOP 21.2.1957 - retired 30.6.1962
Son of R.R.M. Sutherland; Brother of A.L. Sutherland.
He was one of a family of eight. His Father, the Rev Robert Sutherland, was
Minister in Kaikorai Valley for 45 years. Arthur received his secondary education
at Otago Boys High School. Following the death of his twin brother, Clair, at
Passchendale in World War One he determined to enter the ministry to take up
the work his brother had earlier decided on. He studied at Otago University,
gained BA; then the Theological Hall; he married Anne Kelly of Dunedin.
For 26 years he and his wife gathered news from Overseas Missionaries, compiling
and distributing news letters to parishes throughout NZ.
One of Arthur's favourite pasttimes was walking and later jogging. When in his 80’s
he entered the Christchurch City to surf run, 3 years in succession, he was awarded
three certificates for completing the circuit. He had a lifelong interest in technology.
His hobby was radio; and in the 1960’s he built his own television set. One of his
later interestests was computers studies. (from Obit.)
SUTHERLAND, Mr Clare N.
HM Toi Tois Outfields SP stud 1915,
res 1916 & joined NZEF as combatant.
Killed in action 1917
SUTHERLAND, Rev Ewen Francis Dip.Th.
b 12.9.1927; unmarried
Ord Waikari ChP 13.2.1974
Richmond Nelson NMP 22.11.1985 ret 10.2.1991
SUTHERLAND, Rev George MA., DD (Montreal)
b. 1830 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Son of Charles Sutherland; trained at the Presbyterian Free Church College Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Licensed by the Free Church Presbytery of Halifax 1852
Ordained Halifax Nova Scotia 1854
Lawrencetown, Lake Porter and Musquodobolt Harbour 1854 to 1856
Inducted Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 27.8.1856 to 21.11.1866
Member of Board of Education.
To New Zealand –
Received by the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland 19.9.1867
First Church Dunedin DnP - Inducted as Colleague and successor to Dr Burns Dec 1867 (one record states Oct 1867),
sole Minister from 1871 - Resigned 1872
Called to Sydney Australia Aug 1872
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of Eastern Australia
St George’s Sydney 4.11.1872 to 27.7.1893
Given Doctorate of Divinity Presbyterian College in Montreal 1890
Editor of "The Australian Witness and Presbyterian Herald" (weekly) November 1872 to 1874, the publisher joined the
Presbyterian Church of New South Wales. Sutherland continued the paper as "The Witness and Australian Presbyterian"
(weekly) 1874-1877, then “The Witness” (weekly) June 1877 to 1884;
Piblications include : “A Manual of the Geography and Natural and Civil History of Prince Edward Island”
(Charlotteltown 1861); “The Magdalen Islands” (Charlottletown 1862); “Urgent Appeals to the Unsaved”
(Canada 1867, Dunedin 1869); “The Lord’s Supper” (Dunedin 1869); “Christian Psychology” (Sydney 1874);
“The True Church : Letters to the Roman Catholics of Australia” (Sydney 1877); “Important Original
Documents establishing the High Character of Pastor Chiniguy when in the Church of Rome…” (Sydney 1879);
“Papal Domination… (Sydney 1879); “Moral Training in our Public Schools : A Letter to the Minister of Public
Instruction in New South Wales…” (Sydney 1893).
Brother of the Rev JAF Sutherland (Canada)
Died 27.7.1893 in office
SUTHERLAND, Rev John
To the Presb. Church of Canada from the Free Church of Scotland.
To New Zealand -
Riwaka NMP - supply for 6 mths during 1882
To New South Wales, Australia c. Sept 1884 through the invitation of Rev Isaac Mackay.
Barrington PCEA (Presb. Church of Eastern Australia) – brief supply but not formally received by the PCEA.
Received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales Jan 1885
Apparently held no charge.
To Scotland 1889
SUTHERLAND, Rev J.C.
Rep 1908: accepted in full standing on doing an exam on Westminster Confession
of Faith & Church History. Did he do this? He is reported as accepted as HM in 1912,
which presumably means he did not sit (or did not pass) the required exams.
HM Whakatane BPP 1907
Northern Wairoa (Dargaville NP) 1911-2
No further mention,
SUTHERLAND, Rev John Mouat M.A.
b Lybster, Caithness 1845, the son of a fish curer.
w Jane Phillips Borrie b 3.1.1852 m 29.4.1884 d 4.3.1934
After being educated at the local Parish School he apprenticed himself as a pupil Teacher,
completing his term with credit to himself. Then entered the Free Church Training College
at Edinburgh where he successfully completed the course of study to pass as a Teacher,
and obtained the Privy Council’s certificate for same. Chosen from a number of applicants
as assistant in Watson’s Institution, Edinburgh, and during the time he filled this position he
attended classes atb Edinburgh University, obtaining the degree of Master of Arts.
Being felt called to the Ministry, he then entered New College Edinburgh.
Licensed in Scotland 1873.
Came to New Zealand with his elder brother (who was advised to come to New Zealand for
health reasons but unfortunately died shortly after arrival) on the “Treveleyan”
Arrived at Port Chalmers in March 1874.
Called and Ordained to North Taieri DnP Sept 1874
He quickly got to know his congregation and an absence from Church ensured a speedy visit
from the Minister enquiring of their health. His training as a Teacher assisted him greatly in
Bible studies with the younger folk where he emphasized thorough and systematic Religious
and Secular reading and learning.
Rev Sutherland also regularly supplied at Mosgiel which at first included many other
denominations including Baptists, Wesleyans and Episcopalians.
After his marriage in 1884, he returned to Scotland for a visit, returning home to NZ at the end
of that year with his only remaining Brother.
Due to the increasing size of Mosgiel Parish, it was disjoined from North Taieri. Rev Sutherland
subsequently carried on at North Taieri with increased attention and sympathy to his remaining
“He was impulsive, and at times impetuous, especially when exposing wrong, or supporting a
righteous though weakly cause. Even those who differed from him, or resented his warmth of
expression, must always have seen how purely unselfish his aims were. Mr Sutherland had the
true Highland conservative spirit, and paid great attention to leaders in theology and other
departments of knowledge. While liberal towards other opinions, he yet upheld firmly those of
men whom he regarded as guides in wisdom, and of experience, being truly a devoted and loyal
follower. He kept himself well abreast of the thought and speculations of the times, being a
careful reader of the best literature, periodical and other. He had much to contend against in
preaching in a troublesome and painful affection which compelled him to speak too slowly to
give his excellent matter due effect. His manner was dignified and curteous…. Mr Sutherland
was a strong supporter of the Taieri Amateur Horticultural Society, and was for a time its
President. (From Obit.)
Died 22.10.1893 in office after a short illness
SUTHERLAND, Rev Robert Rose McKay M.A.
b 10.10.1846 at Caithness Scotland
w Catherine Juliet b 23.9.1862 m 13.4.1893 d 14.7.1946
He arrived in NZ in 1862, and later returned to Scotland to study at Edinburgh University
and New College Edinburgh for Theology studies.
Licensing by the Free Church Presbytery of Edinburgh 1878
Returned to NZ
Oordained by Dunedin Presbytery 1879.
Inducted & Ord Kaikorai Dunedin DnP April 1879 - retired 30.4.1919 after 40 years service
A vigorous preacher and diligent pastor; took a prominent part in Presbytery and Assembly.
A well-known controversialist. He took a valuable part in Bible Society work, and in
Temperance Reform. The Roslyn and Kaikorai Gospel Temperance Union was formed 1892
and he was its first chairman. He was a founder and active member of the Roslyn and Maori
Hill Prohibition League, formed 1895
Moderator of Synod of Otago & Southland 1894
Father of A.F. Sutherland, & of A.L.Sutherland, & of Miss V.J. Sutherland.
Died 24.12.1931 at Wellington, aged 85.
SUTHERLAND, Sr Violet Jessie
b 22.7.1903 at Kaikorai Dunedin - Daughter of the Rev R.R.M. Sutherland.
Educated at Columba College, Dunedin.
Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute Dunedin - shortened course 1925-27
Ordained a Deaconess for Mission service 10.8.1927
Appt. Missionary on staff of Punjab Mission; sailed for India 13.9.1927
“Own Missionary” of St Andrew’s Dunedin
After her 1st year of language study she went to Kharar to take charge of the work among women
in town and district. The work involved giving Christian teaching to village women and children,
supervising a village school of 65 girls at Naya Shahar, visiting the sick, taking part in camping
tours of the villages in winter, and itinerating by bicycle and car.
She spent all her 29 yrs in India in this district.
On her 1st furlough she went to Selly Oak College in Birmingham, and did a course for the needs of
Those working with village women and girls. Passed all examinations with credit but as she did not
hold an Arts degree she was not entitled to hold a Diploma.
She started a primary school in a village a few miles from Kharar, with Christian teachers. She was
deeply interested in a hostel for girls attached to the Henderson Memorial High School for Girls,
Kharar. She was an elder in the Church of North India.
Returned to NZ on retiring furlough 10.1.1955
Retired 30.4.1955 and settled in Karori Wellington;
She worked in the Education Department & National Library Service.
SUTHERLAND, Mrs V.M.L.
Matron Pentland Ave Hostel Ak 21.1.1962
SUTHERLAND, Rev William Donald Morrison
w Katherine Andrea b 29.4.1871 m 30.3.1898 d 30.8.1939
Educated at Aberdeen, Edinburgh University, New College Edinburgh;
Licensed by Edinburgh Presbytery Feb 1898
Ord. Lansborough (Free Church of Scotland), Saltcoats by Ardrossan Presbytery 8.2.1898
First Free Church, Kirriemuir 1918
Came to NZ in 1923 and received by General Assembly 1923.
Ind Mt Albert Auckland AP 27.5.1924 - retired 27.5.1932
In retirement supplied at Te Awamutu, Thames, and Birkenhead NSP 1936-41.
Died 25.12.1958, aged 92
SUTTON, Rev A.W. Ll.B.
Hillcrest Co-op Hamilton 2.1976
SUTTON, Miss Elizabeth Helen L.Th (Mrs B. Smith)
h. Bernard Smith (refer separate entry)
Educated at Southland Girls’ High School, Massey Extra Mural Studies, L.Th. Melbourne,
General & Maternity Nursing in Southland 1963, Bible Training Institute Auckland 1965,
Midwifery course Auckland 1966, Plunket Course at Auckland 1968.
A member of the Presb. Church of NZ since 1956.
Missionary - New Hebrides (Vanuatu) - Nurse, appointed 1969
On staff from 1.3.1970
Set apart for Mission service, Coromandel Presbyterian Parish 15.2.1970
Left for New Hebrides via Fiji 3.3.1970.
Vila, Paton Memorial Hospital 1970
Silimauri Health Centre Tongoa, in place of H. Shears 6.1970;
“Own Misionary” of the Busy Bees, June 1971
Overseas Service ended 1973; married Bernard Smith, carpenter on Tongoa 1973.
Left Tongoa 13.4.1973
Off Staff 27.7.1973
They returned to New Hebrides after a short spell in NZ 1973, but not under the NZ Presb. Church.
SUTTON, Sr Marion Jill Mrs N. Whimp
h. Rev Neal John Whimp m. 14.11.1964
Deaconess College Dunedin 1962-4
Ord Deac PSSA Dn, Hostess Emergency Lodge Dunedin Nov 1964 to Feb 1966
Wellsford ChP (With Rev Neal Whimp, Parish Minister) Feb 1966 to Sep 1969
New Hebrides (Vanuatu), Sep 1969 to Dec 1980
Invercargill, Dec 1980 to May 1989
Tauranga, May 1989 to Mar 2000
SUWANTIKA, Rev Johannes T
Ord Titirangi Parish, Auckland AP 5 June 2003
SWADLING, Rev Dr Harry Campbell B.A., B.D., Dr.Sc.Rel. (Strasbourg)
w. Gladys Irene m 1 November 1958
Educated at Wellington College.
A member of the Island Bay Church youth group and the Island Bay Surf Life Saving Club.
Trained in pharmacy, running his own business at Karori.
Both Harry and Irene active in St Ninian's Church Karori.
Offered himself as a candidate fior the ministry.
Graduated B.A. from Victoria University before proceeding to the Theological Hall.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1970-1972
Awarded the Begg Travelling Scholarship.
Licensed by the Presbytery of Wellington 1972
Ordained St Magnus, Duntroon North Otago Presbytery Stated Supply 15 December 1972
Overseas study 1 July 1973 to 9 January 1976
Studied at the University of Strasbourg where he graduated in 1975 with the Doctorate of Science of Religion.
St Lukes Union Nelson Nelson Marlborough Presbytery 10 February 1976
Mt Albert AP 5 February 1981
Exchanged Ministry with the Protestant Campus Minister from Bloomsburg University Pennsylvania USA in 1987
Khandallah Wellington Presbytery 21 February 1991
Exchange Ministry with the United Church of Canada at sauble Beach Ontario in 1996-1997
Retired from Khandallah December 2000
Moderator of Wellington Presbytery July 1999 to July 2000 (one records states 1998-1999)
Continued to serve the church with short term ministries at St Andrew's Hastings. St Andrew's Gisborne, and a
return ministry to the Amabel Sauble Church in Ontario Canada in 1996-1997.
Both Harry and Irene served for 8 weeks as volunteer workers with the Iona Community in Scotland.
Minister Emeritus December 2000
Served on the General Assemby's Church Union and National Assessment Committees.
"Harry's concern for the witness of the church in the community involved his work as a Marriage Guidance Counsellor,
Chaplain to the Dept. of Scientific and industrial Research at Mt Albert (1980s), along with terms as visiting lecturer
at the Theological Hall and St John's College, Auckland.
For 7 years until his death in 2008 Harry was Senior Presbyterian Chaplain to the armed forces where his personal
insights and wise judgement were held in high regard by the military authorities, as well as the service personnel
Harry's preaching with its central theological emphasis happily melded faith and life for his parishioners. Harry's
concern for visible unity of the church arose from his conviction as to the New Testaments church imperative, rather
than simply an economic strategy.
Died 2 October 2008
SWAN, Sr Alice Robina B.A.
b 6.6.1907 Fifeshire, Scotland
Came to NZ at 6 years of age. As the eldest of six children, she developed,
from an early age, a sense of responsibility and caring for others. Completed
her schooling in Masterton, then worked in Wellington, Invercargill then as
a Secreatry with a grain and seed merchant in Christchurch.
Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute (PWTI) , Dunedin 1944-46
During a vacancy she assisted at Te Teko.
Ordained as Deaconess 1950
St Andrews Christchurch 1948-51
Solway College Masterton 1952-53
Knox Church Masterton WpP 29.4.1953 to 1959
North New Brighton Christchurch ChP 1959-65
Knox Church Christchurch 1965 - retired 31.8.1969
“In each of these places she is remembered with affection by those who knew her.
Her thoroughness in her preparation for worship, the quality of her children’s talks
will be long remembered. Alice appled herself equally in her pastoral work and her
small sensitive gifts, especially chosen, touched the recipients deeply.
In many ways Alice was a private person. She was sensitive and felt things deeply.
But though retiring by nature, she gave herself fully in her parish work. She was
generous to others and demanding on herself.” (from Obit.)
SWEET, Mr G. L.
Ch ot Christ
Counsellor, Campbell Centre Chch 1976
SWETS, Rev William (Bill)
w. Ethel Swets
From Florida USA for fixed term (3 months)
Invercargill North S.P. 1988
SWINDELLS, Mrs P. see Ker, Nellie
SWINERD, Rev Ebenezer
HM Huntly WkP 1916, Ord HM 1916
Colac Bay SP 1917
Ida Valley COP 1920
Cheviot ChP 1923
Spreydon ChP 1927; wife died 1929
Opunake TkP supply 1930
SYMONS, Mr Bruce & Mrs
Overseas Workers - PNG
Summer Institute of Linguistics, Medang PNG 1978-84-
SYMONS, Miss M.
Waiohau, relieved for some months 1936
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