One of the more colourful characters buried here.
Roving adventurer, big dreams
Born in the Netherlands of French parents, De Thierry was educated in England.
He enrolled at Oxford and claimed to have transferred to Cambridge University.
In 1820, in England, he met travelling Māori chiefs Hongi Hika and Waikato, and New Zealand missionary Thomas Kendall. He arranged for Kendall to purchase 16,000ha of Hokianga land, for payment of 36 axes. He tried to get the Dutch and French governments to form a colony, and make him Governor. They declined.
With his wife Emily (neé Rudge), he travelled to North America and the Caribbean – where he applied for a concession to cut the Panama Canal - before arriving in the South Pacific in 1835.
De Theirry attempted to establish his own sovereign state in the Marquesas Islands (now part of French Polynesia) when he proclaimed himself "King of Nukuhiva", the biggest island there.
In July 1837, he reached Sydney and recruited colonists, raised money, and sailed for New Zealand on the ship Nimrod. On arrival, his purchase of land was repudiated by Māori leaders Tamati Waka Nene and Patuone, but he was granted 232 ha instead. After a riot, his ‘colonists’ went their own separate ways.
De Thierry continued to agitate for a French colony led by himself, but this ended with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
Charles De Thierry moved his family to Auckland, but they found it tough going. He sailed to the California goldfields, but didn’t make his fortune there, either.
Back in Auckland in 1853, he befriended Catholic Bishop Pompallier and Governor George Grey, who financed De Thierry’s autobiography.
At the end, diminished
He experimented with flax processing, and survived as a piano teacher in Auckland.
In 1815 De Thierry had charmed the Congress of Vienna with his violin playing; on 8 July 1864 he died in Auckland, a poor music teacher.
He was buried in the Anglican section along with several members of his family. Their graves were disturbed by the building of the motorway and their remains are now enclosed in the general Anglican Memorial.
Baron Charles Philip Hippolytus De Thierry 1793-1864
Baroness Emilie Mary de Thierry (nee Rudge) 1791-1856
Baron Charles Thomas Frederick De Thierry b. 1820 Cambridge England d. 4 Aug 1897 Auckland
Baroness Mary Nye De Thierry d.1869
John William De Thierry b. 10 Sept 1830 Baltimore d. 17 Feb 1863 Auckland
Baron Richard Louis Francis James De Thierry b. 1821 Cambridge England d. 31 Jan 1890 Auckland
Emilie Mary Burgess De Thierry 1882
Isabella Caroline Louisa Emily De Thierry b. 3 January 1828 New York d. 17 March 1850 Auckland
Isabella Margaret Broadfoot De Thierry d. 14 January 1912
Charles Richard De Thierry 1913 Grandson
Baron Frederick James De Thierry d.21 May 1931 Grandson
George De Thierry b. 1825 Paris France was buried at Shortland, Thames 1878.