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French Cemetery, Akaroa, Canterbury

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This cemetery sits up the L'Aube Hill at Akaroa. The cemeteries were generally placed on hillsides as the flat land was required for farming.

For a long time the cemetery was not maintaned, and became overgrown with bush and the wooden headstones rotted away.

At some point the site was bulldozed and the current fence and monument erected, with a plaque naming all those who could be traced to the cemetery.

Names on the plaque

A photo of the plaque can be found attached to Google Maps; the names are in order (as spelt on the plaque):

InscriptionWikiTree Profile
Madam LibeauMagdelaine Marie (Chauvet) Libeau (abt.1810-1852)
Madam Pierre David
Madam Le Vaillant
Madam EtéveneauxJeanne Francoise (Magnenoz) Eteveneaux (abt.1791-abt.1875) (uncertain)
Mlle. Amelia EtéveneauxAmelie Eteveneaux (1852-1853)
Mon. Fleuri
Mon. Rouslot
Mon. André JendrotPierre Gendrot (abt.1800-abt.1859) (CdPDS notes that "André" refers to Pierre)
Captain Edourd Le Lievre
Mr. Magee
Mrs. Magee
Mr. Peter Walter
Mrs. John Breitmeyer
Miss Adelle Breitmeyer
Mr. John Breitmeyer
Mrs. Zillwood
Mr. Zillwood
Mrs.Watkins

"The earliest burial took place in May 1842."

Notes of Mavis Donnelly-Crequer

In Ancestry.com NZ Cemetery Records is a section on this cemetery, whose source is "Mavis Donnelly-Crequer of Christchurch, 1998".

According to this source, the following burials are presume to be in the French Cemetery since there was no other cemetery open yet.

Deaths from the French priests' register of Akaroa, Aug 1840 to Nov 1842 (Latin original Cathedral archives, Akaroa museum) - some notes/professions are given.

  • 10 Nov 1840: Jean Pape.
  • 14 Dec 1840: baby Benoit.
  • 2 Feb 1841: Mathurin Brevel.
  • 12 May 1841: Jean Francois Mattet.
  • 13 Oct 1841: Jean Francois Audran.
  • 14 Dec 1841: Florentin Basile Perier.
  • late 1841: Victor Tuiti
  • 18 Feb 1842: Charles E Taka.
  • 12 Mar 1842: Yves Le Tousse.
  • 12 Apr 1842: Armand Isidore Libeau.
  • 11 May 1842: Edouard Lelievre.
  • 20 May 1842: Stanislas Didier.
  • 9 Nov 1842: Pierre le Buffe.

Akaroa deaths from the National Archives & Hocken Library:

  • 20 Nov 1842: Margaret Michel.
  • 1843: drowned child
  • 16 Aug 1845: Thomas Knight.
  • Sep 1845: Jacques Aristide le Marchant.
  • Mar 1847 to 1849 sometime: Adel Susl Breitmeyer, born Sep 1845.
  • May 1846: Louis Muat. Surgeon of Colon, a French whaler.
  • 12 Jul 1846: Georges Fleuret.
  • 5 Feb 1847: Louisa Shaw (wife of constable) 23, baby.
  • 21 Mar 1847: Iann Breitmeyer.
  • 13 Jul 1848: William Riley.
  • Anne Victoire Gendrot, baptised Sep 1848. No further record found.
  • 24 Aug 1849: Emile Deschamps. (Cust of his coffin is noted)

Deaths from the civil registration.

  • 1 Dec 1849: Peter Walther.
  • 20 Apr 1850: Thomas Payne, William Blatchford, Thomas McCollam (sailors who drowned in the harbour)
  • 14 Dec 1850: Anne David, Jean Guillaume David. (mother and son who drowned). Anne was the wife of Guillaume David (not Pierre)
  • 17 Jun 1851: Mary Ann Green. (Fell off a jetty and drowned)
  • 14 Nov 1851: Julia Maria Watkins. (apparently has been photographed by the grave)
  • 21 Feb 1852: Johann Breitmeyer, William Well, Frank (drowned at Long Bay South)
  • 2 Apr 1852: Madeleine Libeau. (childbed)
  • 14 Dec 1852: Elizabeth Le Vaillant and her newborn child.
  • 18 Jan 1853: Walter William Zillwood (8)
  • 13 Jun 1853: Amilie Eteveneaux (13mo)
  • 15 April 1854: Mary Brown. ( daughter of Peter and Elizabeth; burns)
  • 21 May 1854: Peter Haylock (24; exposure)
  • 30 May 1854: George Williams. (24; tree fell on him; sailer on Akbar)
  • 15 Sep 1854: Eva Marie Breitmeyer (nee Lindemann. 49, asthma; 2 children and son)
  • 1 Oct 1854: John Magee. (45, drowned in creek)
  • 19 Oct 1854: Joseph Zillwood (shot himself)
  • 12 Jul 1855: Catherine (Mahoney) David, 2nd wife of Guillaume David.

Burials in the original cemetery claimed by Mavis:

  • 16 Feb 1859: Pierre Gendrot (recorded as Andre)
  • 24 Aug 1859: Charles Masset
  • 19 Oct 1862: Francois Rousselot.
  • 16 Mar 1869: Jean-Pierre Eteveneaux.
  • 11 Jul 1875: Jeanne Francoise Eteveneaux.
  • 18 Jun 1880: Mary Magee.

Other:

  • Pierre Le Buffe's grave marker was found during excavation in 1926, saying November 1842 (sometimes misprinted as 1849).




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