The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
The Rev. John Elmslie
The Rev. John Elmslie, M.A., D.D., Pastor of St. Paul's Church, Christchurch, was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1831. He was primarily educated at the local parish school and grammar school, and studied at the King's College and University of Aberdeen, and at the Free Church College of that city. In 1857 he received his M.A. degree, and the degree of D.D. was conferred on him in 1890. His first call was to the Free Church at Kennethmont, where he remained in charge for five years. Dr Elmslie came to New Zealand in 1867 and took charge of the Presbyterian church at Wanganui, where he remained till 1876. In that year he received a call from St. Paul's, Christchurch, and has remained continuously in charge of this congregation. For two years he taught a class at Canterbury College in connection with the Students' Christian Union, and has been twice Moderator of the General Assembly. In 1898 he took a trip to Scotland. Dr Elmslie has been twice married; first, to a daughter of the late Mr. George Mitchell, of Auchragathel, Aberdeenshire, and in the second instance to a daughter of the late Mr. John Anderson, one of the founders of the industrial life and prosperity of Canterbury. Of a family of eight now living, two, a son and daughter, are the issue of the second marriage.