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

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

The 150th Anniversary of Christmas Day 1814

Held at Oihi, Bay of Islands on Christmas Day in 1964, was the 150th anniversary of the 1814 Christmas service at which Samuel Marsden preached the first known sermon on New Zealand soil. These images are from a collection of slides on New Zealand mission sites and churches, taken by Reverend Allan Ross Wards.  The preacher, … More The 150th Anniversary of Christmas Day 1814

Missionary Atlases

The Kinder Library has the fifth(1873) and seventh(1891) editions of The ‘Church Missionary atlas; maps of the various missions of the Church Missionary society, with illustrative letter-press’, [BV2500CHU].The latter, more comprehensive edition includes: Part III. Ceylon, Mauritius, China, Japan, New Zealand, N-W America, and North Pacific. As well as maps which give the location and … More Missionary Atlases

Bishop William Garden Cowie, 1831 – 1902, Archive: KIN 5

William Garden Cowie was selected by G.A. Selwyn to become the first bishop of Auckland and was consecrated at Westminster Abbey in June 1869. He arrived in Auckland with wife Eliza Jane in February 1870. Bishop Cowie was known as an intrepid traveller and during his long episcopacy he and Eliza made regular visits throughout … More Bishop William Garden Cowie, 1831 – 1902, Archive: KIN 5