1904 The first Mission

St Peter's Anglican Church, Willis Street

St Peter's Anglican Church, Willis Street - St Peter's was the first parish established in Wellington.

St Peter's and environs St Peter's and environs - taken from McDonald Crescent, above Willis Street. The City Mission started its life as a part of St Peter's parish.

William Walton was recruited from England to begin a social service mission in the Te Aro area of Wellington.

August - The Mission's works begins
  • Work among local children - cricket teams, scout troups, Band of Hope temperance society for children (60 members), Sunday School (125 members).
  • Visits to police, courts and Mt Cook jail.
  • Meeting migrant ships for the Wellington Church Immigration Society.
  • Mother's Union - fortnightly jumble sales, teaching sewing, crafts and bible studies for the Girls Friendly Society.

1914-1918 WORLD WAR I

During this time St Peter's clergy and lay people maintained The Mission's work. Tiny numbers were active in church life.

January 1919

Jan 1919

Fielden Taylor, invalided back to New Zealand from Gallipoli, was determined to 'make some real contribution to the world of men.'

  • Appealed to the general public for funds for workers' transport and clothing.
  • Strong focus on work for youth with a learning disability or social disadvantage - 120 boys, 20 girls.
  • Hostel for apprentices and homeless boys.
  • Stop Out Club - sports, billiards, debating - up to 150 boys participating.
  • Summer camps at Otaki for the poorest children.
  • Christmas dinners begun for people on their own.