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James Preece

Birthplace: Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 25, 1870 (69)
Coromandel, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Tiki Road, Coromandel, Waikato, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of William Henry Preece and Judith PREECE
Husband of Mary Ann Preece
Father of Harriett Elizabeth Preece; Eliza Jane Kenderdine; James Wathen Preece; Mary Ann Payne; William Henry Preece and 4 others
Brother of John Preece; Margaret Preece; Sarah Preece; William Preece; Elizabeth Preece and 1 other
Half brother of John Preece

Occupation: wheelwright, missionary
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About James Preece

James Preece was a member of the Church Missionary Society, who arrived in New Zealand in August 1829, the first Anglican Missionary to the Coromandel, New Zealand and established the first Missionary Station in the Urewera mountains at Ahi-Kereru, New Zealand. 

James married a British immigrant from New South Wales, Australia, Mary Ann Williams on 25 January 1833 at Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand, who was the first matron of the European girls school at Kerikeri, New Zealand between 1831 and 1833. James Preece, opened mission stations at Thames and in the Ureweras. Throughout his Mission Service, James applied several times for Ordaination as a Preist , but was declined by Bishop Marsden who considered him "TOO COMMON". Even a donation of Land at Preeces Point on the Coromandel Peninsular could not sway the decision.James Preece owned a substantial portion if not all of Preeces Point (which forms the Southern arm of the Coromandel Harbour). The family homestead was in McQuoid Road which is across the Main Road from Preeces Point Road a few metres closer to Coromandel township.The homestead was down McQuoid Road on the Right hand side in the vicinity of the first bend up on a rise.(Source:Hilary Bull Preece Family Historian and Authour of Tortoise Press writings of which are held at the Alexander Turnbull Library } .I personally have walked on the Homestead Site during a Preece Family Reunion visit..

He left the Missionary Service in 1857 due to poor Health. Added by Bryan Simmonds / 10 Jnuary 2021.

'The fact that James Preece, was never Ordained in the Anglican Church of New Zealand, has been confirmed by a conversation i had with Former Arch Bishop Sir David Moxon, who is also a descendant through the line of James' firsr son.. Any profiles that have him as a Reverend are totally incorrect ihave tried to contact Where possible the Managers of profiles showing the wrong information and requested that it be corrected. Added by Bryan Simmonds 26/01/2021.' .

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James Preece's Timeline

September 7, 1801
Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom
August 24, 1834
August 3, 1836
October 22, 1837
Waikato, New Zealand
July 13, 1839
March 11, 1841
August 10, 1842
June 5, 1844
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
November 16, 1845