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What God Hath Wrought by T.Ralph Benny - Wesley Historical Society






The Story of Methodism in the Gore District 1879-1961

                                      
What God Hath Wrought

Contents

Foreword

1-THE FIRST TEN YEARS

2-THE FIRST CHURCH

3-THE FIRST PARSONAGE

4-THE CIRCUIT GROWS UP

5-THE NEW CHURCH -

6-THE TRAGIC YEARS

7-PROGRESS AND DEPRESSION

8-THE JUBILEE HALL

9-THE LAST PERIOD -

10-MATAURA -----

11-CONCLUSION

Appendix

(1) THE THIRD PARSONAGE

(2) THE NEW ORGAN -

(3) QUEENSTOWN

List of Circuit Ministers

List of Circuit Stewards

FOREWORD

I am aware that this story might have been written more adequately by others. That it has not been, is my sole reason for attempting such a project. In a brief survey, it has not been possible to mention everything that has happened, but sufficient has been included to give a picture of the drama, romance, successes and failures, which constitute the story of life. If anything of importance has been omitted I ask your pardon.

I have endeavoured to present the facts as they are: either recorded, or told to me by eye witnesses. In so doing I have tried not to make too much of success, nor to hide failure, but see both as events through which the hand of God is revealed. Unfortunately, this work has taken longer than was expected - for this I apologise, especially to those who have patiently waited for its appearing.

My thanks are due to Ex-Principal Hames and Mr T. Sweeney, M.A., Dip. Ed., for help in preparing the manuscript; to Mesdames S. Brayley and N. Silcock for typing it; and to Mr J. F. McArthur, Editor of the Mataura Ensign, for allowing me free access to the old editions of his paper, and for use of some of the blocks. My thanks, also, to those who so generously provided the finance to guarantee this publication reasonable success.

T. RALPH BENNY
New Plymouth
February, 1963.