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Church Missionary Society hymn

Church Missionary Society hymn

The first Christian mission in New Zealand was founded in 1814 by a Sydney chaplain, Samuel Marsden. Though they had little success initially in converting Māori, the missionaries also wrote down the Māori language and started printing books in Māori. One of the leading missionary organisations was the Church Missionary Society. In a tract published in England after 1849 by the society to muster support, there were images of Māori and Māori life. On the page pictured here are verses of the society’s 50th jubilee hymn.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-015-009
Hand-coloured lithograph by Church Missionary Society

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John Wilson, 'History - Europeans to 1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Apr 2020