New Zealand Methodist Church OnLine History
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Before 1848 and After


I The Span of a Century

II Gold and the Gospel

III Methodism Expands

IV The Primitive Methodist Church

V Dunedin Methodism Today

1848-1948 - One Hundred Years:

Though it is given to very few; individuals to attain the century mark, in the life of a nation it is but a comparatively short span, but just as during the first five, ten, or even twenty years of our life, we experience more growth and change than during the whole of the rest of life, so the first century of a cause, community or nation undergoes, as a rule, a far greater development than, any other similar period of its history.

What is the significance of 1848? It was in March and April of that year that the ships "John Wickliffe" and "Philip Laing" arrived in the Otago harbour, bringing the immigrants for the settlement of "New Edinburgh," a scheme devised to settle the southern portion of the South Island with good Scots-men and women who, having struggled for their faith, brought with them their hard-won freedom to worship God as they desired. We admire the hardy pioneers of those days and rejoice in the Heritage they gave us - a heritage that has established firm the roots of their church in this land.