Guide to the Records of St Joseph's Foreign Missionary Society (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

St. Joseph's Foreign Missionary Society
Records of St Joseph's Foreign Missionary Society (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1882 - 1972
Collection Number
16 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Correspondence 1882-1905 of Cardinal H. Vaughan, Father F. Henry and other Mill Hill priests with Bishop J. Luck, J.R. Madan, J. Becker, J.W. Smiers and other missionaries in New Zealand.

Reports 1896-1902 of Maori Mission.

Diary 1912-1913 of Father F. Henry on journey to United States, New Zealand, Australia and Uganda.

List of superiors and members of Maori Mission 1886-1972

The Story of Mill Hill in New Zealand 1886-1966 (1966) and other histories of the Maori Mission.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed at St Joseph's College, London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1981 (AJCP Reel: M1181-M1182). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

St Joseph's College. Lawrence Street, Mill Hill, London, England.

For further information, see St Joseph's Missionary Society Archivist. []

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-Aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.

Advisory Statement

Maori people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress. This Finding Aid contains terms that reflect authors' views or those of the historical period, but which may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.


Australia; Australia: visits to; Becker, J.; Great Britain; Henry, F., Father; Luck, J., Bishop; Madan, J.R.; Maori Mission, Auckland, New Zealand; Mill Hill, England; Missions and missionaries: New Zealand; New Zealand; New Zealand: visits to; Railways: New South Wales; Roman Catholic Church: New Zealand; Smiers, J.W.; St Joseph's Foreign Missionary Society; Uganda; United States of America; Vaughan, Herbert A., Cardinal


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 402, p.155. []

Biographical / Historical

Herbert Vaughan (1832-1903), later Cardinal Vaughan, Archbishop of Westminster, founded the missionary seminary St. Joseph's College at Mill Hill in 1866. In New Zealand the Marist Fathers had established Maori missions as early as 1838 but after 1850 there were few Marist Fathers left in the Auckland Diocese. The Bishop of Auckland, J.E. Luck, asked Bishop Vaughan to send some missionaries and the first two Mill Hill missionaries, J. Becker and J. Madan arrived in December 1886. The first mission stations were at Matata and Rotorua. Two more missionaries arrived in 1888 and by 1900 there were 17 Mill Hill Fathers working in New Zealand. Mill Hill missionaries have continued their work within the Diocese of Auckland up to the present day.

Early Superiors of the Maori Mission

1886-1893 J. Becker

1893-1913 A. Lightheart

1913-1931 G.W. van Dijk

Item Descriptions

Series. Records of the Maori Mission, 1882 - 1972

16 items

The story of Mill Hill in New Zealand, 1886-1966, [1966] (File)

(Putaruru, East Waikato Publishers)

Correspondence of Father James F. Patterson, 1882 - 1884 (File AUC Box 1 a.)

Correspondence with Bishop W. Lanigan (Goulburn), Bishop J. Murray (Maitland), M. Quinn (Sydney), Bishop J. Luck (Auckland), and Bishop H. Vaughan and Father P. Benoit of St. Joseph's College, Mill Hill.

Includes papers concerning the estate of Patterson, who died in New Zealand in 1919.

Two letters from Bishop Vaughan to Bishop Luck, c.1887 (File AUC Box 1 b.)

Concerning the Maori Mission.

Correspondence of Bishop Vaughan and Father Benoit, 1890 - 1893 (File AUC Box 1 c.)

Correspondence with Bishop Luck (Auckland), J. Madan (Matata), J. Becker (Hokianga), J.A. Holierhoek (Rotorua), J.W. Smiers (Waihi Taupo).

Copies of letters from Cardinal Vaughan to Bishop Luck, Bishop G.M. Lenihan (Auckland), J. Becker and A. Lightheart, 1893 - 1902 (File d. AUC Box 1)

Also includes:Agreement between Bishop Lenihan and St. Joseph's Foreign Missionary Society, 28 March 1900.

Reports of Maori Mission, 1896 and 1898

Report of first Provincial Chapter of Mill Hill Fathers serving the Maori Mission held at Takapuna, Auckland, 30 January 1902.

Miscellaneous letters, financial papers, 1896-1902.

Letters to Father F. Henry, 1897-1900; [1886] (File AUC Box 2 d.)

Letters from Bishop G.M. Lanihan (Auckland), A. Lightheart, J.W. Smiers (Whangarei), C. Kreijmborg (Lake Taupo), G. Graham (Auckland), E. Schoonhorf (Whangarei), J.A. Holierhoek (Matata).

Includes agreement between Bishop J. Luck and Bishop H. Vaughan [1886].

Correspondence of Cardinal Vaughan and Father F. Henry (Mill Hill), 1893 - 1896 (File AUC Box 2 a.)

Correspondence with A. Lightheart (Matata), Bishop Luck (Auckland), J.R. Madan (Matata), J.W. Smiers (Waihi Taupo), J.A. Holierhoek (Rotorua), P. J. Oud (Waihi Taupo), C. Kreijmborg (Rotorua). Includes a photograph of St. Joseph's Church, Matata, 1895.

Letters to Father F. Henry and Cardinal Vaughan from A. Lightheart (Rotorua), C. Spiers (Auckland), J.W. Smiers (Whangarei), 1901 - 1903 (File AUC Box 2 b.)

Copies of correspondence between Father F. Henry and J. Becker and memorial from members of the Maori Mission, 1905 (File AUC Box 2 c.)

Diary of Father F. Henry on a journey to the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Uganda, 10 October 1912 - 5 July 1913 (File AUC Box 2 e.)

Very brief entries. Henry was in New Zealand from 17 December 1912 to 10 February 1913 and in Australia from 17 February to 4 March 1913.

List of Superiors and members of the Maori Mission, 1886 - 1972 (File AUC Box 3 a.)

The Maori Mission of New Zealand; short history (4p.) (File AUC Box 3 b.)

The Maori Mission, New Zealand (1p.), 1950 (File AUC Box 3 c.)

S.A. Carney. Notes on the history of Putaruru parish (40p.), 1963 (File AUC Box 3 d.)

Paper on construction of a church and convent in New Zealand (1p.), n.d. (File AUC Box 6)

Map of Mill Hill missions in New Zealand (File AUC Box 6)