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  - Libeau Landing Day Lunch at the Gaiety Theatre, Akaroa

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

Thank you

Donna Thomsen: email:

 Or phone 0274354552

The Comte de Paris Group

Popular annual Landing Day Luncheon, Sunday August 16, 2015

Exciting News!

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:

Leone Fuller: 25 Hamel Lane Kaipoi 7630: Tele: 03 327 2829: Email


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."








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