Story: Methodist Church

Uncle Scrim

Colin Scrimgeour, known as 'Uncle Scrim', was a Methodist missioner whose Friendly road radio programme was hugely popular during the economic depression in the early 1930s. This 1931 cartoon by Gordon Minhinnick shows him as a rather cunning angel. Listen to Uncle Scrim talking about the origins of the Friendly road radio church in this clip from a 1979 radio documentary.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Uncle Tom's Children's Choir - fifty years documentary/Reference number TCDR1247)

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-100-027
Cartoon by Gordon Edward George Minhinnick

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How to cite this page:

Tim Shoebridge, 'Methodist Church - The 20th and 21st centuries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Tim Shoebridge, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018