The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
The Rev. Thomas Henry Sprott
The Rev. Thomas Henry Sprott, M.A., the Vicar of St. Paul's Church, was born at Dromore, County Down, Ireland. He was educated at Dublin University, gaining his B.A. degree in 1879, and his M.A. in 1882. Mr. Sprott was ordained in York Minster, by Archbishop Thompson, at the Christmas of 1879, as deacon, and the following year as priest, by good old Bishop Bromby, acting for the Archbishop, who was ill. The reverend gentleman's first curacy was at Hull Parish Church, where he remained two years, afterwards removing to London, where he ministered at St. John's Church, in Waterloo Road, for five years. Mr. Sprott came to New Zealand per R.M.S. “Rimutaka,” arriving in Auckland on the 31st of December, 1887. For five years after reaching the Colony he ministered in St. Barnabas' Church, Mount Eden, and was examining chaplain to the Right Rev. Dr. Cowie, Bishop of Auckland. In 1892 he came to Wellington, accepting the charge of the pro-Cathedral. Mr. Sprott has not allied himself with any party in the Church, preferring to be regarded as a churchman. He is pleased with the Colony, and considers life here most enjoyable. Besides attending well to his parochial duties, Mr. Sprott is deeply interested in outside matters concerning the public weal. The Citizens' Institute claims him a prominent member, and has on occasions been favoured with admirable papers from his able pen.