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FIFTY YEARS Of Primitive Methodism in New Zealand.





FIFTY YEARS Of Primitive Methodism in New Zealand.


CONTENTS

PART I.-INTRODUCTION.

CHAPTER I.-NEW ZEALAND.

1. DISCOVERY

2. PIONEERS

3. THE MAORIS

4. MISSION WORK

5. SETTLEMENT

CHAPTER II.-PRIMITIVE METHODISM.

1. ORIGIN

2. GROWTH AND DIFFICULTIES

3. CHURCH POLITY AND DOCTRINES

PART II.-PRIMITIVE METHODISM IN NEW ZEALAND.

CHAPTER I.-TARANAKI

1. NEW PLYMOUTH STATION

2. STRATFORD MISSION

CHAPTER II.-WELLINGTON

1. WELLINGTON STATION

2. MANAWATU STATION

3. FOXTON STATION

4. HALCOMBE STATION

5. HUNTERVILLE MISSION

CHAPTER III-AUCKLAND

1. AUCKLAND STATION

2. AUCKLAND II. STATION

3. THAMES STATION

CHAPTER IV.-CANTERBURY

1. CHRISTCHURCH STATION

2. TIMARU STATION

3. ASHBURTON STATION

4. GREENDALE STATION

5. GERALDINE STATION

6. WAIMATE AND OAMARU MISSION

CHAPTER V.-OTAGO

1. DUNEDIN STATION

2. INVERCARGILL STATION

3. SOUTH INVERCARGILL MISSION

4. BLUFF BRANCH

CHAPTER VI-NELSON

1. WESTPORT AND DENNISTON MISSION

CHAPTER VII.-GENERAL EPITOME.

1. CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY

2. SUMMARY

PREFACE

This book owes its existence to a desire to perpetuate the memory of those pioneer ministers and laymen who founded the Primitive Methodist Connexion in different parts of this Colony. The Conference of 1893 showed its approval of the desire by authorising the publication of a Memorial Volume in connection with our Jubilee Celebrations.

In compiling the work the lives of those pioneers were found to be so interwoven with the growth of the Church that the book naturally grew into a history. The Editors have spared no reasonable pains to secure reliable information; but, owing to the limited time at their disposal, and the fact that for so many years no Connexional periodical was published, omissions may have occurred. These can easily be remedied, however, in a second edition.

While the book has been going through the press a new Electoral Act has been passed by the Colonial Legislature, which has conferred the franchise upon the women of New Zealand. This Act received the Governor's signature on September 19th.

The Editors desire to acknowledge the kindness of the Circuit ministers and many friends in this Colony, also the courtesy of Miss Ward, of Sydney, and the Revs. Joshua Smith and C. Waters, of Australia, for valuable information supplied.

Reference has been made for information to the following works: The Connexional Histories, by Petty and Kendall; Rev. J. Buller's "Forty Years in New Zealand;" Rev. R. Ward's "Life Among the Maoris;" Mr. B. Wells' "History of Taranaki;" Moss's "History of New Zealand;" the "New Zealand Official Handbook, 1892;" Willis's "New Zealand Illustrated," etc.

The work has been somewhat hurriedly prepared, amidst the constant and varied "claims of busy city pastorates, with a view to place it in the reader's hands at the commencement of the Jubilee Year. The Editors send it forth in the hope that it may stimulate personal piety and Christian enterprise, and still further extend the interests of our Church in this Britain of the South.

The profits arising from the sale of the book will be devoted to the Church Loan and Extension Fund.

In condensing the table on page 25 from the Government statistics, 1,416 Catholics undefined, 56 Greek Church, and 150 Catholic Apostolic have been included under the general term "Catholics."

JAMES GUY. WILLIAM S. POTTER. AUCKLAND, November, 1893.