The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
Mr. David Mckee Wright
Mr. David Mckee Wright , sometime Pastor in charge of Emmanuel Congregational Church, Oamaru, and now (1904) of Nelson, was born in 1869, in County Down, Ireland, and was educated at private schools in London. His father, the late Rev. Dr. Wright, was well known as an author and as the editorial superintendent of the British and Foreign Bible Society in London. Mr Wright came to New Zealand in 1887, and became pastor of Emmanuel Church in 1898. He is best known through his literary work, and is the author of many stories published in Colonial journals. In 1897 he wrote the first Otago University prize poem, and in the same year his book, “Station Ballads,” was published in Dunedin. Under Mr. Wright's pastorate Emmanuel Church prospered considerably, and his sermon-stories on the lines of Sheldon proved very successful. While at Oamaru Mr. Wright was president of the North Otago Christian Endeavour Union and chairman of the local branch of the Bible Society and London Missionary Society.