Brady, Thomas Arthur (1868-1950)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

THOMAS ARTHUR BRADY: born at Flint, North Wales, in 1868. He was ordained in May 1900, at Buxton, Derbyshire, after studying at Hartley College. He married in July 1900 Mary Gartell, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Gartell, Pendleton, Manchester. He served in circuits in the following places in the United Kingdom – Eccles, Pendleton and Broughton in the Manchester third circuit, Rossendale Valley, Burnley, Holmfirth near Huddersfield, and Kingstone nr. Hereford in the South Wales District. In the 1914-18 War he was an officiating minister in the Wendover Military Camp, near Aylesbury, Bucks. 

Acting on medical advice he sailed for New Zealand in the early ’twenties, and upon restoration to health took up his work there. He served the New Zealand Church faithfully in Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Canterbury, and Wellington circuits. He was keenly interested in the social side of the Church’s activities and took a very active part in the Youth Movement. Cricket and Association football amongst the young men of the church claimed a great deal of his time, and up to his death he showed a keen interest in these sports. He was also very interested in political affairs, particularly as they affected social conditions, both in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Thomas Brady is survived by an only son, who resides in Wellington, New Zealand. He died on 2nd November 1950, in the fiftieth year of his ministry.


Thomas was born in 1868 at Flint, North Wales, to parents James, a bricklayer, and Elizabeth.

Before entering the ministry Thomas worked as plumber (1891)

The family departed for New Zealand on 5 March 1921 on the Remuera, heading for Wellington, New Zealand.

He married Mary Annie Gartell (b1877) in July 1900 in the Salford Registration District. Census returns identify one child. 

  • Ferdinand Arthur (b1901) – a commercial traveller (1946)

Thomas died on 2 November 1950 at Wellington, New Zealand.


  • Hartley
  • 1896 Manchester III
  • 1900 Skelmersdale
  • 1903 Walkden
  • 1907 Bacup
  • 1911 Burnley II
  • 1914 Schoiles
  • 1917 Kingstone
  • 1926 Middleton, Lancs (S)


Methodist Minutes 1951/128

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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