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The First Sixty Years - Wesley Historical Society

The First Sixty Years of Wesley Historical Society


1 Foreword

3 Introduction

Reflections on Sixty Years by
5 Robert Thornley
6 Eric Heggie
7 John Dawson
11 Wesley Chambers
16 John Silvester

19 Chapter 1 - The Beginning

25 Chapter 2 - The Laws - frost Years

33 Chapter 3 - The Pratt - Laurenson Years

41 Chapter 4 - The Hames - Gilmore Years

61 Chapter 5 - The Laurenson - Gilmore Years

73 Chapter 6 - The Chambers - Roberts Years

89 Appendix A
The Main Office Bearers

93 Appendix B
Committee Members

99 Appendix C
A List of Proceedings Published

106 Appendix D
Annual Meetings


The Wesley Historical society is greatly indebted to its Secretary, Dave Roberts, for his painstaking and thorough work in researching the first sixty years of the life of the Society. He has woven together a chronicle of events which will enable members to look back and identify with particular events and people and will give to the wider circle of readers a clear picture of the goals and aims of the Society.

The carefully compiled records of officials and financial statements will serve as a very useful point of reference.

The Society exists to assist us to know and tell our story. As we honour those who, in the past, have been the custodians of tradition our resolve to carry forward this responsibility and privilege is increased. We are inspired by their dedication.

Dave Roberts comes to the end of a long and devoted term as Secretary. It is fitting that this account should serve as a memorial to his loyalty and enthusiasm for the work of the Society. Thanks Dave.

Scattered through the text are pictures depicting significant happenings in the life of the church. They are the events which influence our thinking and actions and often give rise to the stories recorded by the W.H.S.

W.J. Morrison