On a clear 2nd November morning back in 1934, Reverend Alexander Don boarded a Dunedin bound train in Alexandra. He clutched the only copy of his precious manuscript “Memoirs of the Golden Road” he was taking to his publishers.

It was never published. He died on the train and the manuscript mysteriously disappeared.

In the closing decades of the 19th century, the Reverend Alexander Don was New Zealand’s only Christian minister to attend to the needs of the Chinese. However, he only managed to convert 20 of his Asian flock during his long ministry. I guess with comments like, “It is very hard to say anything positive about a Chinese,” it is no wonder he had little success with them. read more