Story: European discovery of New Zealand

The death of Marion du Fresne

The death of Marion du Fresne

Marion du Fresne anchored his ships, Marquis de Castries and Mascarin, in the Bay of Islands from May to July 1772. Relations with Māori deteriorated and Marion du Fresne and others of his company were killed. In the 1840s Charles Meryon, a French artist who came to New Zealand, produced this drawing of the killing.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-824-3
Pencil and crayon drawing by Charles Meryon

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - French explorers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016