Maurice Walter Church

ID# 121, (4 Oct 1922 - 4 Jan 1981)
Maurice and Joy Church Family
16 Dec 1961
Maurice Church laughing with Tom Corlett
14 Feb 1976

Maurice Walter Church was born on 4 Oct 1922 at Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand .1
He was the son of Walter Charles Church and Beatrice May Clark.

Maurice Walter Church married Joy Irene Bracefield in 1942 at Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand .2

Maurice's occupation Plasterer.

Maurice died on 4 Jan 1981 at 39 Champion Street, Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand , at age 58 years and 3 months.3

5 Jan 1981 Maurice Walter Church was mentioned in the "Dominion Post", New Zealand , newspaper


Morrie Church, QSM, who battled for Wellington rugby league for 33 years, died of cancer early yesterday.
Maurice Walter Church, 58, represented Wellington in cricket (Plunket Shield 1941), rugby (halfback 1941) and rugby league (1948-1953). At the time of his death he was on the Wellington Rugby League board of control.
Three years ago he was told he was suffering from cancer and had his first operation. He was given only six months to live.
In the 1980 New Years Honours list he received the QSM for services to sport.
He first gained representative honours for Wellington in rugby in 1941 when he was selected as halfback against New Zealand Universities. He was a member of the Wellington Rugby Club.
He was a Wellington coach and selector from 1954 to 1957 and from 1967 to 1968. In 1969 he took the New Zealand Colts to Australia and he coached the Kiwis in the three-Test series against Britain in 1970.
Morrie Church was also a North Island selector from 1954 to 1957, a New Zealand selector in 1966 and 1972 and an active member of the Wellington Rugby League board of control for much of that period.
He was a life member of the Mercantile Cricket League, Wellington Working Men's Club and the Wellington Rugby League, He was also given the distinguished service awared from the New Zealand Rugby League.
In a tribute to Morrie Church the secretary of the W R L Board, Morrie Anderson said today, "He was a very staunch league, rugby and cricket man. He taught young league administrators a lot."
His funeral service will be held in the Church of Christ, Porirua, on Wednesday.4

Maurice's death notice appeared on 6 Jan 1981 in the "Dominion Post", New Zealand ,

CHURCH, Maurice Walter, QSM
-On January 4, 1981, at his home, 38 Champion Street, Porirua. Loving husband of Joy and loved father of Barry, Irene (Mrs Mallard), Allan, Graham, Stephen and the late David. And loved father in law of Linda, Malcolm, Deborah, Marie and Kathy and loving Pop of his eight grand children. Cut flowers only by request.
His Funeral service will be held at Christ The King Church, Warspite Avenue, Porirua on Wednesday January 7 at 2.30pm followed by private cremation.
J. Ninness & Co Ltd FDANZ

CHURCH, Morris Walter
- On January 4 1981, Much loved and respected friend of Daphne and Don Munro and family. Titahi Bay. Sadly missed.5

Maurice was cremated on 7 Jan 1981 at Karori Crematorium, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand ,

Ashes scattered in the - Lady Norwood Rose Garden.6

Maurice and Joy had 6 children, 5 still living.

Child of Maurice Walter Church and Joy Irene Bracefield

FatherWalter Charles Church (13 Sep 1887 - 27 Oct 1971)
MotherBeatrice May Clark (25 May 1889 - 16 Oct 1972)


  1. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Folio No 6569, Dec Qtr. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  2. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: 1942 Folio No 6082.
  3. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: Folio No 4504, aged 58.
  4. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Most likely the Dominion Post, Wellington. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  5. [S10] Newspaper Article, Most likely the Dominion Post, Wellington - held on file by Ailsa Corlett.
  6. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Karori Crematorium Record No: 49045. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.