PCANZ Deaconess Collection
The Presbyterian Church Deaconess Collection shines a light on a group of New Zealand women, who served many of New Zealand’s vulnerable churches and communities through most of the 20th century, yet to this day receive very limited lasting recognition.
The collection documents the life and work of 175 New Zealand women from 1901-1975 who served many of New Zealand’s poor, vulnerable, churches of communities of all ages. Deaconesses were an order for women in the Presbyterian Church and although their training was almost identical to Ministry training, they were not ordained. Their service was to the Presbyterian church and to the wider community.
Presbyterian Research Centre, Dunedin