Sir Kingi Matutaera Ihaka and the Auckland Anglican Māori Club

On Sunday 8th October the Auckland Anglican Māori Club celebrated its 50th anniversary at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre with a Thanksgiving Service. Sir Kingi Matutaera Ihaka  dedicated himself to all  aspects of Māoritanga and played an important part in the flourishing of contemporary kapa haka. Sir Kingi was also  meticulous at documenting  his … More Sir Kingi Matutaera Ihaka and the Auckland Anglican Māori Club

The Powder Plot

On the 5th of November 1605, a group of English Catholics attempted to blow up the House of Lords with 36 barrels of gunpowder. Catholics in England had faced heavy persecution from the British Crown after the split from the Roman Church by the British monarchy and the Church of England. The authorities were warned by a letter … More The Powder Plot

College Life at the John Kinder Theological Library Archives

There is a new display in the library for the St John’s College classes of 1979 to 1981 who held a reunion here over the weekend (22nd-24th July). This display presents items from the archives held at the John Kinder Theological Library relating to the College of St John the Evangelist.  It includes class photographs, … More College Life at the John Kinder Theological Library Archives

He’s a Mod? Bishop Simkin and Zodiac Records

Recently we were donated items relating to the former Bishop of Auckland, William John Simkin, which included this acetate of the recording of his funeral service in 1967. The recording was likely to have been mastered and pressed at Stebbing’s Studio and displays the Zodiac Records label. The service took place at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Auckland, now the … More He’s a Mod? Bishop Simkin and Zodiac Records

Drake’s Cross (aka The Prayer Book Cross), Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Our recent blog post focusing on the history of Marsden’s Cross at Oihi Bay has bought to our attention a link to another commemorative Celtic Cross. This is the Prayer Book Cross, or Drake Cross, situated in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco which was erected in 1894 to mark the occasion of Sir Francis Drake’s … More Drake’s Cross (aka The Prayer Book Cross), Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

1912 Maori New Testament dedicated to the 1914 and 1964 Marsden celebrations

A small and fragile 1912 Maori New Testament and psalms, ‘Ko Te Kawenata Hou’ was given to the Library some years ago.  Inside it has an interesting story to tell, as the donor or his antecedents have collected signatures relating to the Marsden Centenary celebrations in 1914 and later events.  Archbishop Walter Averill has written: … More 1912 Maori New Testament dedicated to the 1914 and 1964 Marsden celebrations

The Landing of Samuel Marsden at the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day 1814 by Captain M. T. Clayton

Currently on display at the John Kinder Theological Library is a painting by Captain Matthew Thomas Clayton, depicting Samuel Marsden’s landing at the Bay of Islands to preach a Christmas Day sermon in 1814. An article in the December 1914 issue of Church Gazette states that “[…] a few months before his death, Archdeacon Walsh … More The Landing of Samuel Marsden at the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day 1814 by Captain M. T. Clayton