Rev. Decimus Dolamore,
the oldest Minister of the Baptist Church in New Zealand, was born in 1819, near St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, and is the son of the late Mr. John Dolamore, farmer of the same county.
Mr. Dolamore arrived in New Zealand in 1851, landing at Nelson, and was the first minister of the Baptist denomination to visit the Colony. Commencing his labours in Bridge Street, Nelson, he laboured there for nearly thirteen years, receiving then a call to the Baptist church in Christchurch, of which he was the first minister. Subsequently he returned to Nelson and ministered there again for a term of six years. At the end of that time, Mr. Dolamore moved to Caversham, near Dunnedin, where he remained for two years. Later on he undertook the oversight of a small church at Kirwee. Mr. Dolamore is the senior minister of the Baptist denomination in Australasia. He was married shortly before leaving England to a daughter of Mr. Gowland, of Gateway, in Yorkshire.