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Church Missionary Society

Collection | Ref # A13 | Held by Far North Regional Museum/Te Ahu Heritage

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Church Missionary Society


CHURCH Missionary Society

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Joseph Matthews was born in 1808 in Deddington, Oxfordshire England, the son of a weaver. At 22 he entered the Church Missionary Society training college in London. He sailed to Sydney in 1831 as a chaplain on the convict ship "Argle". After six months working with Samuel Marsden in Sydney he left for New Zealand where he initially assisted Rev Richard DAVIS at TeWaimate as a teacher. There he learnt the Maori language and customs, and courted Davis's daughter Mary Anne whom he married in 1833. In the meantime he had located and purchased the site of a new mission station at Kaitaia, which he developed and ran with his co-worker William PUCKEY.

Matthews was ordained deacon in 1844 and priest in 1858. He died in 1895 having worked at the Kaitaia Mission Station for 62 years.

Matthews was a dedicated teacher, and his mission at Kaitaia was notable for the number of "native teachers" it produced.

These volumes comprise Matthews's letters, reports and journals extracts, sent to the Church Missionary Society in London. They detail his progress with missionary work, and the life and custom of the Maori people in the Far North.

Letters & Journals of Joseph MATTHEWS

Dates covered:

1831 - 1878

Access conditions:

Photocopying restricted. Copyright applies.

Format if not original:

Photocopy of microfilm; typed transcript

Location of original:

C.M.S. Archives, Birmingham University, England

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