Mt Eden Congregational Church memorials

Mt Eden Congregational Church memorials Mt Eden Congregational Church memorials Mt Eden Congregational Church memorials

The Mt Eden Congregational Church and Sunday School Roll of Honour was unveiled on 16 December 1919. This had been presented to the church by Mr and Mrs J.E. Moore in memory of their son, Captain W.E. Moore, M.C. The memorial tablet was made of fumed oak and inscribed in gold lettering with the names of 76 men from the church who had seen served with the forces during the war, 17 of whom had made the supreme sacrifice.

The list of those who served included the church’s minister, the Rev. H. Steele Craik, who left New Zealand as a chaplain with the 20th Reinforcements in 1916.

On 11 March 1923 a memorial stained glass window presented by Mr J.P. Hooton was also unveiled. This was a reproduction of Sir Noel Paton’s then famous painting ‘Lux in Tenebris.’ Underneath was a brass tablet inscribed with the words ‘Pro Deo et pro Patria’ and the names of the 17 men who had given their lives: H.G. Budd, R. Fletcher, F. Goodfellow, G. Goodfellow, R.H. Gutteridge, F. C. Jacka, S. Jacka, R. Lambert, A.G. Lee, S. Long, H. Madill, W.E. Moore, W.C. Rimmer, S.W. Rowe, A. Seabrook, E.C. Smith and R. Ward.

After the Second World War a second, smaller tablet was unveiled with the names of four men killed in action: H.D. Ball, C.S. Brown, D.G. Carnachan and H.W. LeBailly.

The Mt Eden Congregational Church became a Presbyterian Church in 1969. It subsequently became the home of the Mt Eden Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church. In 2012 the church hall (built as the original church in 1885) was found to be in a dangerous state, and both it and the church (1900) have since been put on the market.

See: ‘Services in the War: Church Roll of Honour’, NZ Herald, 17/12/1919, p. 10; ‘Roll of Honour Unveiled’, Auckland Star, 17/12/1919, p. 10; ‘Memorial Window: An Impressive Service’, Auckland Star, 12/3/1923, p. 7; J.B. Chambers, “A Peculiar People”: Congregationalism in New Zealand, Levin, 1984, pp. 51-3, 237; ‘Historic hall and church under threat’, NZ Herald, 7/5/2012. 

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