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Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

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Gilmore-Smith Memorial Scholarship


The Gilmore Smith Memorial Scholarship is funded by the Wesley Historical Society (New Zealand). Established in 1930, the Society encourages the study of Methodist origins and development in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Methodist missionary outreach into the Pacific. The Society assists in the researching, recording, interpreting and publication of Methodist history, and in doing so, seeks to contribute to an informed understanding of the interaction between Maori, Pakeha, Pacific and people from other ethnic groups within Aotearoa/New Zealand. For a list of the Society's publications see: Wesley Historical Society Publications.

The Gilmore Smith Memorial Fund was set up as a research and publication fund in honour of two members of the Wesley Historical Society, the late Rev. L.R.M. Gilmore and the late Frank W. Smith. The Rev. Les Gilmore was the long-standing Secretary of the Society from 1948 to 1982. Frank Smith was an active and enthusiastic member of the Society with a lifelong interest in Samuel Ironside. In their memory the Fund seeks to encourage post-graduate research in the field of Methodist history in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the South Pacific.


1. A scholarship of up to $1500 will be offered annually to a post-graduate student of an accredited tertiary institution in New Zealand.

2. Applicants must be undertaking historical research related to Methodist history in New Zealand and/or the South Pacific.

3. Applicants will draw on the historical resources of the Methodist Church of New Zealand. These could include Methodist Church archives (in Christchurch and/or Auckland) and oral history.

4. Applications will include a one-page outline of the research proposal indicating the intended use of resources (eg. thesis proposal).

5. Applications must be accompanied by a supporting letter (from a supervisor, university lecturer etc.).

6. A copy of the completed research project will be deposited in the Methodist archives.

7. The Wesley Historical Society will consider publication in some form of the results of the research undertaken by scholarship holders.

8. If the research is published elsewhere, an acknowledgement that it was undertaken with the assistance of the scholarship must be included.

9. Successful applicants may reapply for a scholarship in succeeding years.

10. If the applicant does not engage in the research for which a scholarship has been made, the scholarship must be returned.

11. The final decision on all scholarships will be at the discretion of the Wesley Historical Society.

12. Applications for the scholarship are to be made to

Dr.Helen B Laurenson, 

6B Atherton Rd., Epsom, Auckland 1023, NZ

Ph. (09) 630 3850.  Mob. 0272970995 Email: by 15 October of each year.

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