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Johann Georg Breitmeyer

Birthplace: Kandel, Bayern, Germany
Death: Died in Little River, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Little River, New Zealand
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Son of Johannes Breitmeyer and Eva Maria Breitmeyer
Husband of Elizabeth Breitmeyer
Father of Edwin Lindemann Breitmeyer
Brother of Catharina (Catherine) Pawson; Elisabetha Pawson and Johannes Breitmeyer

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March 22, 1837
Kandel, Bayern, Germany

Name: Johann Georg Breitmeyer
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 22 Mar 1837
Birthplace: Kandel (BA. Germersheim), Bayern, Germany
Father's Name: Johann Georg Breitmeyer
Mother's Name: Johanna Brodbeck
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I07068-0 , System Origin: Germany-EASy , GS Film number: 193931 , Reference ID: item 1

March 23, 1837
Kandel, Bayern, Germany

Name: Johann Georg Breitmeyer
Gender: Male
Christening Date: 23 Mar 1837
Father's Name: Johann Georg Breitmeyer
Mother's Name: Johanna Brodbeck
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C98351-2 , System Origin: Germany-ODM , GS Film number: 193931

August 16, 1840
Age 3
Akaroa, New Zealand

This vessel, it will be remembered, was commissioned by the French Government to annex the South Island of New Zealand. When she touched at Auckland, however, Governor Hobson, discovering the intent of the expedition, sent H.M.S. Britomart secretly to hoist the Union Jack. This was done six hours before the Compte de Paris arrived. The emigrants landed, all ignorant that they were on British soil. Later they were informed, and the French Government offered to transfer .them to New Caledonia. This they declined, and the result is a sturdy French element on Banks Peninsula. The descendants of French emigrants are among the finest of the Canterbury settlers.

(Feilding Star, 17 April 1901)

The Germans listed on the ship manifest comprised the Breitmeyer family,
Johann 35, a shoemaker and farmer, his wife Eva Maria, 35 and there four
children Johann (8), Catharina (5), Elisabeth (4) and Johann (2); Niklaus
Gourtner a Sawyer, Josef Hahn, Kaspar Hettich, Jotereau, who died on board
and was buried at Pigeon Bay, Christian Waeckerle (24) a Miller, Peter Walther
(45) a farmer, and Philipp Woll (Wooll), a carpenter.

(A History of the German Bay/Takamatua School
Banks Peninsula - Canterbury
1876 – 1936
Grant. A. Dykes)

Age 23
Akaroa, New Zealand
October 12, 1882
Age 45
Akaroa, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
January 18, 1884
Age 46
Akaroa, New Zealand

January 17—Edwin Reeve, of Waltham, laborer.
January 17 —George Breitmeyer, of Akaroa, butcher.
January 17-Enos Evan Christian, of Waikari and Amberley, blacksmith. January 17—John Gurney, of Kaiapoi, laborer.

(Press, 11 January 1884)

November 11, 1890
Age 53
Lyttelton, New Zealand

George Breitmeyer. who'has been missing from Sumner. for about seven weeks, turned up at the Canterbury Hotel, Lyttelton, about half-past five yesterday afternoon. He is now confined to his bed in the hotel,, and cannot in any way account for his disappearance, but recollects working in the Springfield coal mines during, the last three weeks.

(Press, 11 November 1890)

November 28, 1909
Age 72
Little River, New Zealand

A very much respected Little River resident died on Sunday in the person of Mr George Breitmeyer, senr., foreman of the Akaroa County Council's Little River section. Mr Breitmeyer has held this position for ten years during that time has. always kept the roads in first-class order. He has also been in charge of the letting out of Lake Forsyth whenever that work had to be undertaken, and, no doubt, it was in part owing to his understanding the Lake so well that of late the letting out has cost comparatively little.

Mr George Breitmeyer was an interesting figure from another point of view. He was one of the six remaining emigrants who came out in the famous Comte de Paris in 1840. His death reduces the number to five—M. and Madame Etevenneau, Mr Libeau, Mrs Lelievre, and Mr P. Malmanche. Geo. Breitmeyer was the youngest passenger on the Comte de Paris, being only eighteen months, and his fellow passengers says that he was much the best sailor on the ship. However rough the weather, he was always very well and jolly. His father and mother were Germans coming from Baden Baden with their four children to join the emigrant ship On arrival at Akaroa in 1840, his father took up that piece of land between German and Robinson's Bay lying below the road which is now part of the Armstrong estate. Here young George worked as a boy. He was a good sawyer in the saw-milling days, being always a good worker at whatever he took on hand. The property was some what involved when it came into young George's possession, and he had to go through the bankruptcy court, when the property was bought by the late Mr George Armstrong for £12 an acre. Its present value is at a low estimate £30 per acre. Mr George Breitmeyer then took extensive road contracts, and he has made roads in all parts of the Peninsula. Ten years ago he was made foreman of the Akaroa County Council, and with his knowledge of road making his comprehension of Late Forsyth, he was a foreman the Council will find it hard to replace,
Mr Breitmeyer married Miss Brown, daughter of the old pioneer Mrs Brown, and sister of Mr Peter Brown. He leaves a wife, seven sons and four daughters. The funeral takes place today at Little River.

(Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 30 November 1909)

November 30, 1909
Age 72
Little River, New Zealand
December 1909
Age 72
Little River, New Zealand

A very old settler on Banks Peninsula, Mr. George J. Breitmeyer, died at Little River some days ago, telegraphs our Christchuich correspondent. Mr. Breitmeyer was born at Kandel, Germany, in 1837, and came to New Zealand in the Comte de Paris in 1840, settling in German Bay. He was among the first settlers on Banks Peninsula.

There were practically no English people on the Peninsula at that time, and French was the language generally used. From constant association with the French immigrants, Mr. Breitmeyer gradually forgot his own language, and learned to speak French with facility. He remained in German Bay farming till 1884, when he went to Christchurch. He worked as a contractor for the Avon Road Board until 1890, and then went to Little River. He was for eleven years foreman for the Akaroa County Council.

(Evening Post, 4 December 1909)