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William Morley 1842-1926

Dr. Morley entered the ministry of our New Zealand Church in 1863, and for thirty-nine years served our Methodism in many capacities. During this time he was elected President of the General Conference of Australasia and was twice President of the New Zealand Conference. He laboured in our chief Circuits for twenty-nine years, was Principal of the Theological College in 1892, and on the establishment of the office in 1893 was appointed as the first Connexional Secretary, holding that onerous position until his removal to Australia. He was a statesman in the Kingdom of God, a strong and able preacher, a conspicuously able man of affairs, and a spiritual force in all the work of the Church. In 1902 he was appointed by the General Conference of Australasia as Managing Treasurer of the Australasian Supernumerary Ministers' and Ministers' Widows' Fund, a responsible position in which his abilities as an administrator, financier, and adviser found ample scope during the last years of his ministry. He retired from the position in 1922 and resided in Melbourne as a Supernumerary till his death in May, 1926.