Wesleyan Missionary Society

W.M.M.S., WMMS, WMS, Wesleyan Methodist Church. Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society

In 1818 Samuel Leigh, a Methodist minister stationed at Sydney, visited New Zealand and on his return to England he proposed to the W.M.S. that he should be sent there as a missionary. He arrived at Rangihoua, the C.M.S. station, in 1822 and with William White, James Stack, and Luke Wade, a layman, who joined him the following year, he established a mission station at Whangaroa in June 1823. Nathaniel Turner and John Hobbs reached Whangaroa in August 1823 with Samuel Marsden, who completed the land purchase at Whangaroa for them, and took Leigh, in ill health, back to New South Wales. On 10 January 1827, "Wesleydale" was attacked during Hongi's raid on the Whangaroa tribes, and the mission station had to be abandoned. The W.M.S. instructions to early missionaries emphasised that they were "to propose the gospel in its simplest and most explicit truths, as an undoubted revalation from God" and to refrain from disputing the superstitions of the natives. They were to learn the language, teach the natives agriculture and some of the useful arts of life, and to cultivate in them habits of labour and industry. They were prohibited from trading and, unlike the members of the C.M.S., they were forbidden to buy land except for the use of the W.M.S. Within six months of abandoning Whangaroa, Hobbs and Stack returned to Hokianga, and founded a station at Mangungu. Further missions stations were founded at Kawhia, Whaingaroa (Raglan), Aotea, New Plymouth, Te Kopua (Waipa), Newark at Pakanae (Hokianga), Mokau, Waimate (South Taranaki), Tangiteroria, Mangawhare, Auckland, Waima (Hokianga), Wellington, Waikouaiti, and Port Underwood.

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Date: 1941 From: New Zealand Founders' Society : Records Ref: MS-Papers-0227-04 Description: Biographical notes, taken in the main from Morley's `History of Methodism in New Zealand'. Supplied by Miss S L Crump, 1941 Quantity: 1 folder(s) (3 pieces)...
Date: 21 Sep 1824 By: White, William, 1794-1875 Ref: MS-2388 Description: Holograph letter bound in with a typescript copy; letter to his brother describes his arrival in New Zealand, work among the Maori, life on the mission stati...
Date: 1838-1844 By: Buller, James (Rev), 1812-1884 Ref: qMS-0300 Description: Full title: A continuation of the journal of James Buller, who is the son of James and Jennifer Buller, and was born at Helston, in the county of Cornwall in...
Date: [ca 1897] By: Wesleyan Missionary Society Ref: qMS-2176 Description: Copy of pamphlet concerning settlement and work scheme on Island of Ulu, Duke of York group (New British) Quantity: 1 volume(s) (5 pages). Physical Descrip...
Date: 1832-1972 From: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-08-1153 Description: "D" Series manuscripts in the Museum Library, including: Swanston papers 1853-1885; Richard Philp, diary, 1872, R A Derrick's History of Fiji, Journal F, 199...
Date: 1840 - 1843 From: New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Centennial Publications Branch :Maps from Historical Atlas Ref: MapColl-CHA-5/11/29-Acc.38161 Description: Identifies, in colour, mission stations and outposts of the Church Missionary Society, Wesleyan Missionary Society, Roman Catholic missions, North German Mis...
Date: 1840 - 1844 From: New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Centennial Publications Branch :Maps from Historical Atlas Ref: MapColl-CHA-5/9/9-Acc.37938 Description: Includes reference giving coloured symbols identifying Church Missionary Society, Wesleyan Missionary Society, Roman Catholic Mission, Presbyterian Missions ...
Date: 1840 - 1844 From: New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Centennial Publications Branch :Maps from Historical Atlas Ref: MapColl-CHA-5/9/10-Acc.37939 Description: Identifies Wesleyan, Church Missionary Society and Roman Catholic mission stations, outposts and sphere of influence in the South Island 1840-1844 and North ...
Date: 1832-1840 By: Bumby, John Hewgill, 1808-1840 Ref: MS-0411-0416 Description: Letter book, 1832-1836, on work as a Methodist minister in England; journal of voyage to New Zealand on the `James', 1838, describes ship life, ending at Hob...
Date: 1823 - 1843 From: New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Centennial Publications Branch :Maps from Historical Atlas Ref: MapColl-CHA-5/9/3-Acc.37932 Description: Identifies mission stations by colour for Church Missionary Society; Wesleyan Missionary Society; Roman Catholic Missions and North German Society. Areas sho...
Date: 1833 - 1855 From: New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Centennial Publications Branch :Maps from Historical Atlas Ref: MapColl-CHA-5/9/2-Acc-37931 Description: Includes reference giving coloured symbols identifying Church Missionary Society, Wesleyan Missionary Society, Roman Catholic Mission, Presbyterian Missions ...
Date: 1800 - 1845 From: New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Centennial Publications Branch :Maps from Historical Atlas Ref: MapColl-CHA-5/9/5-7-Acc.37934-6 Description: Identifies early Missions to 1845 - Church Missionary Society, Wesleyan Missionary Society, Roman Catholic Mission, Presbyterian Missions and North German M...
Date: 1827 - 1844 From: New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Centennial Publications Branch :Maps from Historical Atlas Ref: MapColl-CHA-5/9/4-Acc.37933 Description: Identifies mission stations by colour for Church Missionary Society; Wesleyan Missionary Society; Roman Catholic Missions; Presbyterian and North German Soci...
Letter and Mission land purchase document (ET/MS 33-34)
Date: 20 May 1845, 14 March 1844 From: Stratford, Peter : Epsom Trust collection Ref: MS-Papers-11750-03 Description: Four-page letter discussing affairs in the North, from George Clarke to Rev J Wallis, 20 May 1845 (ET/MS 33) and Mission land purchase document (ET/MS 34). A...
Date: 1843-1849 By: Miller, George Richard Henry, 1806-1854 Ref: MS-1645-1646 Description: Daily account of his work as a doctor and Assistant Missionary with Wesleyan Methodist Society in Tonga Arrangement: MS-1645-1646 are boxed together. Quant...
Date: 1853 By: Morgan, John (Rev), 1812-1865 Ref: MapColl-832.14gfs/[1853?]/Acc.5968 Description: Diagram depicting mills or proposed mills owned by Maori in the Otawhao, Mokau district of Waikato, indicating their name, cost and number. Mills are drawn ...
Wesleyan juvenile offering :Wesleyan mission-station at Waimate, New Zealand. E. Whymper sc. [London] 1851
Date: 1851 From: Wesleyan juvenile offering; a miscellany of missionary information for young people. London, 1843-1863 By: Wesleyan Missionary Society Ref: PUBL-0208-1851-108 Description: Looking down from a high point at a cluster of small buildings, surrounded by a fenced formal garden. The station shown is on Waimate Plain in South Taranaki...
Date: 1974 By: Adams, Patricia, -1996 Ref: MS-Papers-11046 Description: Report done by New Zealand Historic Places Trust on history and appearance of the Manungu Mission House in 1974. Also notes relating to a sketch showing buil...
Date: 1839-1877 (1989) By: Roberts, John Haig, 1946- Ref: MS-Papers-4239 Description: Roberts' work is a chronological gathering of various accounts of the development of the mission; much of it from the Turnbull collection. One of three extan...
Date: 1840 - 1843 From: New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Centennial Publications Branch :Maps from Historical Atlas Ref: MapColl-CHA-5/11/21-24-Acc.38153-6 Description: Identifies mission stations, station outposts and religious frontier-posts in the Upper South Island for Church Missionary Society, Wesleyan Missionary Socie...