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Rev. David Bruce, DD

Birthplace: Crammond, Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: December 15, 1911 (87)
Killara, North Sydney, North Sydney Council, NSW, Australia
Place of Burial: Artarmon, City of Willoughby, NSW, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of David Bruce and Margaret Robertson
Husband of Mary Alexander Sinclair
Father of Agnes (Essie) Bruce-Porter; Mary Alexander Sinclair Willis and Jessie Sinclair Arthur
Brother of James Bruce; John Bruce; Alexander Balmain Bruce; Margaret Bruce and Rev. Prof. Alexander Balmain Bruce, DD

Occupation: Presbyterian minister and journalist
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About Rev. David Bruce, DD

David Bruce DD (20 June 1824 – 15 December 1911) was a Scots-born New Zealand Presbyterian minister and journalist who spent his final years in Australia.


BRUCE, Rev David M.A., D.D.(St Andrews)

b 20.6.1824 Crammond near Edinburgh

w Mary Alexander Sinclair b(?) m18.10.1859 d 3.12.1870

The son of David Bruce a Carpenter and Margaret nee Robertson, family moved to Aberargie,

Abernethy, Perthshire and became farmers. Educated at Parish Schools, Mr Davidson's Classical

Academy Perth, University of Edinburgh (MA 1847), and at New College Edinburgh.

Licensed by the Presb. Of Edinburgh 1851.

Ordained by Presb. of Aberdeen 4.1.1853 – Assistant Minister.

Left in the 'Simlah' for Auckland New Zealand, arrived 8.6.1853 and at once entered upon a long and

vigorous pastorate. He was the first Presbyterian Minister in Auckland appointed by the Colonial

Committee of the Free Church of Scotland. He was introduced by Rev W. Lawry, General Superintendent

of the Wesleyan Mission. His charge included the whole of North Auckland, and was at first in the

Synod of Eastern Australia. The Auckland Presbytery was formed in 1856; in the years up to 1862 he

visited all outlying districts of Auckland.

In 1862 he was released by the Presbytery from his charge (St Andrews) to undertake Church Extension

Work over the whole of the North Island and the South Island to the Southern border of Canterbury

Province. His own charge assumed the name of St Andrews.

St Andrews Auckland Ind 10 June 1853 – resigned active pastorate 24 January 1877

Moderator of the Northern Assembly 1866.

From 7.1876 until 1881 he was appointed Church agent to maintain contact with the Scottish Churches

and to secure further Ministers for the NZ Church.

Founded the "New Zealand Presbyterian Magazine" in 1872; leader writer for the "New Zealand Herald"

from 1891, Editor of the "New Zealand Times", wrote for the "New Zealand Observer".

About 1870 he paid a visit to Britain to obtain Ministers and of 17 new Ministers who came out in 1871-72,

most belonged to the 'great missionary Church', the Free Church of Scotland; at least 12 were the outcome

of his visit. In 1877 Rev A. Carrick was inducted as colleague, and Rev Bruce was the Senior Minister

until he went to Sydney.

To Australia –

Minister Without Charge (St Leonard's area), Presb. Church of New South Wales 1889

Crow's Nest, Sydney (North St Leonard's) 1891 (Inducted 4 February 1893) - 1911

Moderator of the Presb. Church of New South Wales 1897

Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Australia 1903-04

Member of the Council of St Andrew's College 1899-1911

Brother of Prof A.B. Bruce of the Free Church College Glasgow.

Died Killara 15.12.1911, aged 87

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Rev. David Bruce, DD's Timeline

June 20, 1824
Crammond, Edinburgh, Scotland
December 15, 1911
Age 87
North Sydney, North Sydney Council, NSW, Australia
December 16, 1911
Age 87
Artarmon, City of Willoughby, NSW, Australia