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)