Not many Salvation Army corps can boast the significant history of Chatham. One that can is the Dunedin City Corps in New Zealand.
The Army commenced its work in New Zealand in Dunedin in April 1883, almost 10 years after our own corps was opened as a Christian Mission station and hence is the oldest corps in the country. Having occupied several premises in the city during the intervening years the current corps building is again in Princes Street and Murray and Verna have been able to extend greetings to one of the present officers during a recent visit. Those greetings are returned.
The visit was of special interest as their own grand-daughter, Laurelle, has been attending the corps for the last three years whilst studying at the University of Otago and will continue to do so for the next two years. The pictures below show the old building, now an apartment block whilst still bearing the SA’s name, the plaque outside the existing building and the current centre on Princes Street.
We thank Murray for this interesting piece of Salvation Army history.