Story: Canterbury places

Statue of Charles Meryon

Statue of Charles Meryon

In 1842 artist Charles Meryon sailed to New Zealand on a French naval ship sent to protect the French settlement at Akaroa. He spent four years in the Pacific, making sketches. This statue in Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, gives the incorrect impression that he was a painter. In fact he was an etcher.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Jock Phillips

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'Canterbury places - Banks Peninsula', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 May 2024)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015, updated 17 Aug 2015