Richard Taylor (missionary)

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Reverend Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor (21 May 1805 – 10 October 1873) was a C.M.S. missionary in New Zealand. He was present at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, but is perhaps most notable for the numerous books he wrote on the natural and cultural environment of New Zealand in his time.[1] Taylor wrote A leaf from the natural history of New Zealand (1848).[2]

He was appointed a head of the school at the Waimate Mission Station and in 1842 joined the CMS mission station at Whanganui.[3]

He named settlements along the Whanganui River Ātene (Athens), Koriniti (Corinth), Hiruhārama (Jerusalem) and Rānana (London)[4] and the Wanganui suburb of Taylorville is named after him.[1]


  1. ^ a b "1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand". Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Richard (1848). A leaf from the natural history of New Zealand. New Zealand Electronic Texts Collection. 
  3. ^ Rogers, Lawrence M. (1973). Te Wiremu: A Biography of Henry Williams. Pegasus Press. 
  4. ^ Diana Beaglehole (February 2010). "Whanganui places - River settlements". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.