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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]

Mr. Alexander Robertson Falconer

Mr. Alexander Robertson Falconer , Seamen's Missionary at the Sailors Rest, Dunedin, has been in charge of that institution since its inception. He is a native of Edinburgh, where he was born in 1843. In 1863 he came out to New Zealand, in the ship “Viola.” For some time he was on the West Coast goldfields, and then went to Port Chalmers, where he started in business. While residing there he took an active interest in establishing the Sailors' Rest, of which he was Seamen's Missionary. When the Rest was transferred to Dunedin, he removed to the city to take charge of it. At the time the New Zealand Contingents were preparing to leave for South Africa, Mr. Falconer did good work in connection with the Soldiers' Rests in each of the camps in the colony, where the men had reading matter and writing materials supplied to them through his efforts. He has been prominetly identified with evangelistic work, chiefly in Dunedin. After forty years' residence in the colony, Mr. Falconer took a trip to the Old Country to enjoy a well-deserved rest.