The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
The Rev. William Ready
The Rev. William Ready, the Minister in charge of St. John's Wesleyan Church has an interesting life history. One of a family of twelve, he was born in London of Irish parents, who were Roman Catholics. When only seven years of age, he was left an orphan, and for five years was a veritable city waif, and lived as only London street boys can. He was rescued by a city missionary, and was sent to Muller's Orphanage at Bristol, and ultimately to the Bible Christian College, and thence to a circuit. In 1887 he came to New Zealand as a Bible Christian minister. Three years were spent in Canterbury, and five years in Dunedin. In connection with the Methodist Union, in 1896, Mr. Ready became a minister of the United Church. He is now stationed at St John's, Ponsonby, and is surrounded by zealous workers.