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Journal 1998 - Wesley Historical Society

Journal 1998 


7 Changing Maps of the Universe
by Rev. Dr David Bell
26 From Where I'm Standing
by Rev. Jack Penman
37 Celebration in Kaeo
by Verna Mossong
41 The Story of Wesleydale
by Verna Mossong
45 The Wonderful Woman of Wesleydale
Reprinted from:
The Australasian Methodist Missionary Review
by Verna Mossong
47 Rev. Nathaniel Turner
by Verna Mossong
50 Thomas Skinner, Catechist
by Verna Mossong and Veda McKay
55 Introduction to A Cemetery Series
by Verna Mossong
59 Hurdon Cemetery, New Plymouth
by Verna Mossong
61 Eliza White's Autograph Album
by Verna Mossong
63 Semesi Nan: The Story of My Life by Allan K.Davidson


The Contents page of this, the Wesley Historical Society's 1998 Journal, is evidence of the wide ranging scope of our continual overview of material that not only surfaces from the past but is topical at the present moment.

We feature a mind bending dissertation by a progressive thinker in our midst. Rev. Dr David Bell, who challenges readers to closely examine the inter-relationship of religion and science in a manner that may not as yet have been seriously attempted by most.

From Rev. Jack Penman come the experiences and philosophy of a retired presbyter during his years of training and subsequent ministry expressed in conjunction with his observations of Methodist culture.

A recent event, the 175th year Celebration at Kaeo, presented the opportunity to outline the events of the early years and render an account of the major Methodist figures of that period, painstakingly researched by Verna Mossong. What is, hopefully, the first article in a series about Methodist cemeteries covers the Hurdon Cemetery at Henui near New Plymouth. Continuation of the series hinges on the supply of sufficient material and its presentation in readable form.

We include references to the fine example of the type of diary kept in the 19th century which has come to light in the form of Eliza White's album recently returned to New Zealand. We are also glad to publish a review by Nancy P Carter of Allan Davidson's book about the life and work of the Tongan missionary, Semesi Nau.

May I record my thanks to all who submitted articles and photographs or assisted in other ways in the preparation of this Journal.

Bernie Le Heron