Thomas Smith (Archdeacon of Māwhera)

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Thomas James Smith was an Anglican priest in the last decade of the Nineteenth century and the opening decades of the 20th. [1]

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Smith was ordained deacon in 1899, and priest in 1901. After curacies in Blenheim and Greytown he held incumbencies at Picton, Amuri, Wakefield and Nelson. He was Archdeacon of Waimea from 1932 until 1940; and Archdeacon of Māwhera from 1940 to 1955. [2]

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References

  1. "Harvest of Grace: Essays in Celebration of 150 Years of Mission in the Anglican Diocese of Nelson" Bester, R (Ed) p123: Nelson, New Zealand; Anglican Diocese of Nelson; 2010 ISBN   9780473177775
  2. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1956 p 1082: London, OUP, 1956