Among those on board the Comte de Paris when it arrived at Akaroa in 1840 was Elie Bauriaud (pictured here), a nurseryman and gardener who came at the age of 31 with his wife Marie. He took up a five-acre (two-hectare) grant in Akaroa and remained there until his death. His house, although altered, is still standing in Rue Grehan. Although the small band of settlers suffered severe hardships, they soon worked together to improve their lot. After 15 months their gardens were flourishing, with several European species such as grape vines, and mulberry and walnut trees. Most of the immigrants came to love Banks Peninsula and several prospered, buying up more land.
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