Macdonald Dictionary Record: Charles Fraser

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for Charles Fraser. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: F. . 329 Fraser, Rev. Charles (1823 -86) M.R; F.G.8: was trained at Marichal College, Aberdeen where he took his M.R. He arrived in Canty by the rental 12.4.56 and preached forth with to a large congregation in Lylt. He was the first Presby mini ter in Canty. He preached the following f Sunday in Ch.Ch. In Feb. 57 he opened St Andrews Church in Ch.Ch. His parish stretched from Banks Per. to Kaiapoi . He and his supporters established various schools with subsidies from Prov. funds. on 12.1.60 he opened the first Presby. Church in Akaroa . He helped to establish the Methane Inst in Ch.Ch. June 59. and was a member of the first comm. In Aug. '59 he gave a lecture on Geology before the Lylt. Colonists Soc. In Ap. 62 he lectured in the Life and Writings of Macart ay before the Mechan ies Inst. The Lylt. Tines sad the lecture was beny good but the audience was neagle. In the Wesleyan Sch. Room and under the chairman ship of the Rev. James Buller he gave a talk entitled "essays + Reviews ' This was the introduction of the 7.M.C.A into Canty. He was a member of the comm of the Soc. for the Promotion of the Fine arts Mar. 63 andr was later a Cs member of the Comm. of the Fine Arts Soc. He was elected a Fellows of the Geological Soc. of London in 67. Scholefield i : Centennial Hist. of St. Andrews : Hist. of Presby Church N.Z:. St Pals on venn No; Hist. of Canty. Coll. pass list. Ap 56 L. : L.T. Feb. 57 : June 59: 10.8.59 : 30.4.62 : 25.3.6; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Rv. Chas F. 32a s Fraser. In Sept. 61 dealers of Frasier congregation and in particular John Anderson and William Wilson objected to Framers proposal to let a contract the high o ars trap to enlarge, until he furnished an explanation of receipts and dis Hurse mens. A lack of strictness in dealing with frances a fatal failing parte arlyne to Scottish Presbyterian Church officials - was conformed when his dealing with the estate of Wm. Stewart, of which he was an executor , were shown in Court to be highly questionable Ap. 78. In addition his attitude towards Darwinian theories shocked mary old fashioned church men. John Anderson and Wm Wilson resigned their offices in St Andrews and took the first steps which ted to the foundation of the new congregation of St. Pants. The lately arrived Rev. G. Grant of A b ar oa was asked to leave his post in view of the crisis in the a fairs of 8n Andrews and he was inducted to St Pauls in Ap. 84, Fraser actually carrying out the ceremony. He would have been better fitted to hill a inmer sty rector ship. He was see. of the Philosophical Soc. and in Nov. 68 read a paper on a probably new variety of the small nailed seal". At the prize giving at the High School at the end of '68 he said that he himself had been in charge L.T. 12.12.68 : 3.6.69 : Ap. 68.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Rv. C. Fraser F 329 of the highest class in the school for the last 6 months . He spoke highly of Chas. Cook, the new headmaster. "He hoped never to see in this institution the practise of cricket ing, boating and even drill go beyond the Enit5s of actual amusement or recreation" . At a meeting of the Philosophical Inst. he read a paper sketching the plan of a university for N.Z. He was loudly applauded and there was a good dis cus ion . He was presented with a purse 120 s0vs. and an ink stand by his congregation Dec. 72. He was appointed lecturer in Eng. language + literature to the Collegiate Lion (first stage of Canty Coll.) in Feb. 73. In april. May 74 there was mich discussion as to whether the Muer shed. be open in Sunday or not. It became an jose in the Prov. Coun. election in May . When the Museum sub - Comm. of the Corn. voted in favour of opening , he promptly designed from it. He wrote a good letter to the 7 . Times (13.6.74) on the subject of the Canty. Coll. site. He thought the acreage proposed was mean. For furthe correspondence about Canty Coll site and Hayley Parkh see Lylt Times 2.7.74. His wife had died in '69. In 3 he had been accused of unde familiarity with female domestics and the Ch.Ch. Presbytery held the chayes proved Jan. 83 and he was deposed from his office. He fought strongly and refused LT. 9.12.72 : 4.2.73 : 13.6.74 : 17.1.83; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: F. 329 Rev. C. Fraser. to give up the keys of his church. Finally he consented to hand them over. He married the girl. Canty. was rocked by this scandal. Undeterred he stood for a seat on the North Canty, Bd. of Educ. and got very pew voles, Nas. 84 He stood for the Coleridge seat in the election of ' . with ho success. He had a farm at West Melton which he advertised for sale in June 86. the home farm was of 482 ac and there was an adjoining loch of 568 as. An d moreroa , Henry Leslie, who had heard him preach his ferst sermon, built him there a small church to hold 54 persons. The Ch Ch. Hounds met there July 85 and he entertained the hunt. He conducted the opening service at St. Andrews Or 1.2.57 and the collector was £74.8.6 , the largest am out known in Ch.Ch. up to that dat. He had us family. When he was preaching he couldnt stand children crying or making horses. He would stop preaching and look senile at the mother until she removed the wretched child. He was a very bad sailor and would not travel by sea y he could help it. He had sufficient command of French to p reach in that language which he did in Akaroa , St Andrews was twice enlarged. In 66 he started the first church periodical, The N.Z. Presbyterian" LT. 15.2.84 : 7.3.84 : 11.7.85 : 7.6.86 obit. notice LT. 28.8.86 : 16.12.25.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: F. 329 His wife Jane A.W. Bisitt d. 4.2.69 aged 3 He d. at Marinate 25. 8.86 ag. 63 of heart disease and drops.y. Mrs Deans said "He was a very clever and talented man , polished and gentlemanly in manner . though a muddler in business , e was connected with almost Every instituting in Canty. , whether educational or charitable He was highly educated and me ost - liberal in his views on politics; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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