Research resources

The Presbyterian Church began in New Zealand in 1840. Since then it has moved from being a Church for Scottish settlers to an ethnically diverse Church very much at home in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are a number of sources of information about our Church, its history, and its thinkers, with some research papers accessible in the menu to the left.


The documents held in the Presbyterian Archives in Dunedin are from the General Assembly, General Assembly committees, foreign missions, local and national Presbyterian women's and youth organisations, parishes and presbyteries in Otago and Southland, Knox College, and the personal papers of ministers and prominent Presbyterian laymen and women from throughout the country.

The Presbyterian Church Archives holds a large quantity of material pertinent to genealogical studies, particularly in relation to Otago and Southland.

Histories of the Presbyterian Church

Presbyterians in Aotearoa New Zealand, 1840-1990
ed. Dennis McEldowney
(Wellington: The Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, 1990)

The History of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, 1840-1940
by John Rawson Elder
(Christchurch: Presbyterian Bookroom, c1940)

History of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand
by Rev. John Dickson
(Dunedin: J. Wilkie, 1899)

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