Baptist Tabernacle: Dr. Thomas Brutton

Dr. Thomas Brutton Kenderdine

(MRCS, LSA, JP) 1828-1894

Kenderdine arrived in Auckland in 1855 on the “Josephine Willis”.

Dr Kenderdine was the first president of the Auckland Medical Association and the Director of the Mutual Life Association of Australasia.

In 1881 with the vicar of St. Paul’s Church, John Floyd, he established the Anglican Children’s Trust and the Papatoetoe Orphanage

Kenderdine was extremely well known for his good works which was probably why he was asked to lay the Foundation Stone despite being an anglican.

Thomas Spurgeon, like his father was intent on creating bridges between the different Christian denominations.

His wife Eliza Jane Preece (1836 - 1910) Born on a Missonary Station in the Bay of Islands her diary is one of the primary sources for research on the period.

The Kenderdines married in 1859 and had 11 children.

John 1860-1932

Eliza 1862-

William 1863-1934

Frederick 1866-1932

Arthur 1866-1940

Charles 1867-

Reginald 1869-

Harriet 1872-

Edward 1874-

Percy 1877-1934