In 1814 the Sydney chaplain Samuel Marsden established New Zealand’s first mission in the Bay of Islands. The missionaries were never a large community, but they left behind some notable buildings, including Kemp house (shown here), which was built in 1821–22. It was a mission house for the Reverend John Gare Butler, who came as part of Marsden’s second Church Missionary Society mission to New Zealand. Kemp House is the oldest surviving European building in New Zealand. It was lived in and cared for by successive members of the family of missionary James Kemp for 142 years.
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