The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
The Rev. John A. Asher
The Rev. John A. Asher, B.A., was appointed to his present charge in January, 1899. He was born in the year 1864, in Invercargill, where he was educated at the primary and secondary schools, and at the Otago Boys' High School and the Otago University. He graduated in the year 1886, and then went to the Old Country; after four years' theological study in Edinburgh was licensed as a page 350 minister of the Free Church of Scotland, and immediately afterwards returned to New Zealand. Mr. Asher was for about eight years pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Gore, prior to receiving his present appointment.