Comte de Paris Descendants Group
Preserving the heritage of the French and German families who landed at Akaroa from the ship
Comte de Paris in August 1840.
As a group we aim to encourage the preservation and knowledge of the heritage of the Akaroa
families. We celebrate the National days of both France and Germany as well as participate in the celebration of the Akaroa French Fest.
We are striving to establish and maintain an archive of information, family certificates and other
documents of significance to our members. We are also developing links between different family groups in France and Germany and also a relationship with the community of Akaroa, and those interested in the heritage of the area.
Are YOU part of our family? Do you have any of these names in your family history?
Benoit - Bernard - Bouriaud - Breitmeyer - Cebert - Chardin - David - Dulac - Dupas - Eteveneaux - Fleuret - Francois - Gendrot - Guindon Gurtner - Hahn - Haulme - Hettich - Jotereau - Jouy Le Duc - LeLievre - Libeau - De Malmanche - Masse - Michel - Pigoulet - Rousselot - Veron - Vidal - Waeckerle - Walter - Wooll
If so, we would love to hear from you. for a membership enquirie please click the link in the top right hand corner of this page.
Comte de Paris Families social events for 2015
14July - BastilleDay
16 August - Comte De Paris Landing Day Lunch at the Akaroa school gymnasium
9 - 11 October - French Fest at Akaroa
Comte de Paris Descendants Group Unisex Sports Polo Shirts
Embossed with our ship Logo on the front top chest and list of descendants (33) on middle back section. Approximate cost $60.00
If you haven’t already ordered with Donna Thomsen please place your order soon as there are only a few left, by replying to her email below,with name, contact phone, sizing type and quantities.
Polo colour and style has been decided and we are taking orders for those members who wish to purchase one of these stylish garments for wear at one of our numerous functions, festivals, meetings etc. Or even just to wear as a reminder and discussion point to anyone interested in the history and bloodline.
The main colour of the polo is navy, made of lightweight highly breathable anti bacterial treated 165 GSM 100% polyester with contrast piping in a red and white insert along the bottom of the short sleeves and up the side and with red and white contrast up the side trunk underarms, which gives the polo a bit of shape.
Sizings will tend to be more on the fitting size so allow a little room for the croissants! Please measure your half chest from underarm to underarm. You can measure this also by using an existing comfy polo shirt and laying it on the ground.
Ladies 10/mens XS half chest (cm) 47 length(cm) 69
Ladies12/mens small half chest 49 length 71
Ladies 14/mens M half chest 52 length 73
Ladies 16/Mens L half chest 55 length 75
Mens XL half chest 58 length 77
Mens 2XL half chest 62 length 79
Mens 3XL half chest 65 length 81
Mens 5XL half chest 70 length 81
Donna Thomsen: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or phone 0274354552
The Comte de Paris Group
Popular annual Landing Day Luncheon, Sunday August 16, 2015
As this year will mark175 years since the landing of the Comte de Paris-with our ancestors aboard- on the shores of Akaroa, we wish to celebrate this very special anniversary by holding this 2015 luncheon in Akaroa itself.
As, sadly, the Gaiety theatre will not have structural repairs completed before August 16th, the Comte de Paris Group have secured the use of Akaroa Area School's gymnasium space. The school is situated at 141 Rue Jolie.
For extra interest there will be , as well as our well known guest speaker, family information, photo boards and merchandising available.
Total event cost is $27.00 pp (payable on application). Catering will be by our favourite Bully Hayes restaurant.
Come and join with your friends and relatives in celebrating the "once in a lifetime" informative, relaxing and enjoyable event with us.
Don't miss out: book early.
Enquiries (information, internet banking etc)
Linda Sunderland: 13 Kiteroa Place, Cashmere, Chch. Tele: 03 3375045: email: email@example.com
Leone Fuller: 25 Hamel Lane Kaipoi 7630: Tele: 03 327 2829: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
GAIETY THEATRE RESTORATION APPROVED
Heartfelt pleas from the community have led Christchurch City councillors to unanimously endorse plans to restore and strengthen Akaroa's historic Gaiety Theatre. City councillors have agreed to spend up to $624,000 on the 134-year-old theatre with the aim of bringing it up to 67 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS).
The money for the repair and strengthening work will come from the council's multimillion-dollar Building and Infrastructure Improvement Allowance. Akaroa-Wairewa Community Board deputy chairman Lyndon Graham told councillors the Gaiety was an important public historic building and one of only two buildings in Akaroa that could accommodate gatherings of more than 100 people. It was used for meetings, shows, concerts, community functions and weddings.
"It is essential to the well being of our community and I cannot stress strongly enough its importance to the people of Akaroa, I plead with you today to favourably heed our request... to restore to us this most loved and frequently used building."
THE MAIN ATTRACTION ON THE CALANDER FOR 2013
Dates to keep clear so you can attend this event.
French Fest October 11, 12 & 13, 2013.
The French fest will be held 11, 12 &13 October 2013. Programme as follows.
11 October: Street Party, entertainers and Fireworks
12 October: Re-enactment of the landing by descendants 10am and street parade, Mardi Gras
6.00 – midnight Marque, dancing and entertainment.
13 October: French cricket on the domain, barbeque
Here is a link to the Christchurch city council site with all the information you need
Programme of Events
Akaroa Area School Production-Friday 19 June
one’) is the title of Akaroa Area School's bi-annual production.
Akaroa Museum: An Evening of readings from 1840- Friday 14 August & Friday 16 or 23 October
1840 was an eventful year in the history of Akaroa – not only was British sovereignty declared at Green’s Point, but 57 French and German settlers arrived and the Treaty of Waitangi was signed at Onuku. Akaroa was on the map and growing.
During the year there was a succession of travellers arriving in the harbour - whalers, explorers and people on official business. There were people living at established shore whaling stations in the southern bays and others scattered around the inner bays. Some of these people recorded their experiences in journals and letters, and some of these writings have survived for us to discover them, 175 years later.
Akaroa Museum: The Explorer, the Whaler, the Doctor and the Priest - an evening of readings from 1840.
Over two evenings, a collaboration between Akaroa Museum staff and the Friends of Akaroa Museum, will present a sample of thoughts and observations on the fledging settlement of Akaroa, brought to life by talented local readers.
Ticket: (cost TBA) will include light refreshments.
Dates: Friday 14 August/Friday 16 or 23 October
Compte de Paris Group Luncheon-Sunday 16 August
For this historic event the Compte de Paris group will organise a Sunday lunch at the Akaroa Area School gym on this day to celebrate August 19th. Bully Hayes will do the catering. Peter Tremewan will do a historic talk and photos will be on display plus merchandise for sale.
Commemorative Mass at St Patrick’s-Sunday 23 August
(Fr) Paul Shannahan will be holding a commemorative Mass at St Patrick’s (or another site if that was felt preferable. Church holds 100 only). (Fr) Paul Shannahan will be dressed (with two others) as Marist Priests and a Brother to ‘welcome the first arrivals of the 19th August 1840.
Garden of Tane: Commemorative Tree Planting-Date to be confirmed
The Garden of Tane Management Committee will plant a walnut tree to commemorate the occasion with a plinth & a bronze plaque. Most likely to take place in August. The walnut will commemorate the walnuts brought to Akaroa by the French and German settlers in 1840.
This will be in the vicinity of the playground area and with a plaque in conformity with the other historical plaques nearby.
Descendants would take part in planting specimens in the entrance garden as part of their celebrations. As this commemorates people who were part of the French naval presence in Akaroa (d’Urville, Raoul and others) and the Nanto-Bordelaise company (Belligny) it would be appropriate to inform the French Ambassador in Wellington, and the French Consul in Christchurch of the plans. It would also be relevant to inform the Canterbury Botanical Society as Akaroa is an important locality for type specimens of NZ native plants.
Heritage Week. 9-26 October
Beca Heritage Week is from 9 - 26 October 2015.
French Festival and Heritage Week will collaborate together in 2015. Beca Heritage Week will be incorporating the French Festival into its programme this year.
Events still to be decided.
French Festival. 9-11 October
French Fest was first held in Akaroa in 1997 and the festival is now produced by the Christchurch City Council on behalf of the Akaroa Heritage Festival Society.
A celebration of all things Gallic, the festival embraces the unique beauty, culture and heritage of New Zealand’s sole French settlement and boutique destination right on our doorstep. Visitors can delve into Akaroa’s 19th Century history while revelling in all the contemporary colour and fun that the 2015 French Fest brings to this harbour-side village.
Historical Notes-The Landing:
15 Aug-The Aube, French naval escort for Comte de Paris, enters Akaroa Harbour and anchors off Onuku
16 Aug-Comte de Paris enters the harbour and makes it as far as Onuku
17 Aug-Comte de Paris anchors in Paka-ariki (French) Bay – bad weather for the next day prevented settlers from disembarking.
18 Aug-Tents are put up on the beach for the settlers, but they're still on board
19 Aug-53 French and German colonists disembark – Landing Day
The Landing is a
re-enactment of the settlers coming ashore on August 19th and will
be made as authentic as possible. The Compte de Paris Group are working on
this and it will take place from 10am-11am Saturday morning.
All the people on the boat will be direct descendants of the original passengers of the Compte de Paris ship. There will be a mixture of adults and children as per the original landing and all will be in period costume.
When arriving at the beach the descendant's will wade ashore or the women gallantly carried.
While the cutters are being rowed ashore and unloaded the commentary will begin, it explains what originally happened and some of the conditions and hardships of the journey. Commentary will be provided by Suky Thompson.
There will be a Maori welcome on the beach.
This year a ‘scroll’ is being produced which will be handed out to the public and will have a list of the descendants’ family names on it.
A band will lead the CDP descendants group, made up of the people who arrived on shore from the cutters, and the balance of descendants in period costume. At the head of the group will be the flag carriers and two descendants carrying the large CDP banner. The rest will be carrying placards for each of the family names of the original passengers.
There will be 2 posters for French Festival. One from 1840 and one modern one.
Humphry Rolleston will be sponsoring the fireworks display. Timing-9pm-9.30pm on the Saturday night. ‘The 175th Anniversary Fireworks display’.
Alliance Francaise & the Comte de Paris will have a Heritage area at the Festival with historical information.
Paul Newport is helping build traditional French games as a new element of FF.
Heritage New Zealand Magazine Editorial
Spring (September) or summer issue story on Akaroa 175 scheduled under domestic travel stories.
Hollie to send through images & stories post event.
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