Samuel Marsden

Samuel Marsden (25 June 1765 – 12 May 1838) was an English-born priest of the Church of England in Australia and a prominent member of the Church Missionary Society, believed to have introduced Christianity to New Zealand. Marsden was a prominent figure in early New South Wales and Australian history, partly through his ecclesiastical offices as the colony's senior Church of England cleric and as a pioneer of the Australian wool industry, but also for his employment of convicts for farming and his actions as a magistrate at Parramatta, both of which attracted contemporary criticism.[2][3]

Samuel Marsden
Marsden, 1833
Born(1765-06-25)25 June 1765
Farsley, Yorkshire
Died12 May 1838(1838-05-12) (aged 72)
EducationMagdalene College, Cambridge
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Fristan m. 21 April 1793
Children8, including Ann, Mary, Martha[1]
Parent(s)Bathsheba Brown and Thomas Marsden[1]
RelativesSamuel Marsden
ChurchChurch of England
OrdainedMay 1793