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John Waterhouse (1789-1842)

John Waterhouse was born at Rawdon near Leeds in Yorkshire, the son of a farmer and wool manufacturer. He was converted and joined the Methodists in 1803. Waterhouse commenced to preach locally at the age of nineteen and exercised an active home ministry until 1838 when he was appointed General Superintendent of the Missions in Australasia and Polynesia.

Waterhouse arrived in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in February 1839 with his wife and children. The following year, he commenced extensive journeys to New Zealand and the Pacific islands. The hardships that he experienced sapped his strength and he died on March 30 1842.

Four of Waterhouse's sons achieved prominence in the Australian Methodist Church and in political life.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1843 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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