Matthew Cowley was one of the first missionaries to serve in New Zealand. Later he and his family returned to New Zealand and lived in this house while he was serving in the town of Dannevirke. He became very proficient in the Maori language and therefore was able to translate the Doctrine of Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price into Maori.
A church was built by the members down the street from his house. It is now filled with old records and pictures. Don found a church minute book that was dated 1917. There are numerous pictures of event that have transpired there during the last century but most of the pictures do not have names or events on the back so they will remain a mystery to future generations.
The church is very small and consists mainly of a chapel area and a small kitchen. We were surprised that it is left open with so much history inside.