The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
The Rev. William Gray Dixon
The Rev. William Gray Dixon was born, in 1854, at Paisley, Scotland, where his father, the Rev. James Main Dixon, was minister of the Free Martyrs' Church. After the death of his father, the family removed to Ayr, where Mr. Dixon was educated at the famous Academy of that town, and left it as dux and gold medialist in 1871. He proceeded to the University of Glasgow, at which, after a career of distinction, he took the degree of M.A., in 1876. In that year he received the appointment of Professor of the English Language and Literature in the Imperial College of Engineering, Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Dixon returned to Scotland from Japan in 1880, in order to study for the ministry, and wrote and published a book entitled “The Land of the Morning,” in which he gives an interesting account of Japan and the Japanese. For four years he studied at the New College, Edinburgh, and passed the college's exit examinations with first-class distinction. He was then licensed by the Free Presbytery of Edinburgh, and went out to Melbourne, Victoria. There he received the appointment of assistant minister of the Scots Church, and was afterwards ordained by the Presbytery of Melbourne, minister of the Fitzroy Church in the same city. In 1889 he was translated to St. John's Church, Warrnambool, whence he was translated in 1900 to St. David's Church, Auckland. In August, 1900, Mr Dixon married, at Manly, Sydney, New South Wales, Miss Elizabeth Aitken Glen, fourth daughter of the late Mr John Glen, of Crosshill, Glasgow.
Rev. W. G. Dixon.