Tuesday 1 March 2016

Pompallier Mission House

Pompallier Mission, Russell
began in 1938 when the french missionary
Jean Baptiste Pompallier
arrived in New Zealand from France.

This old mission house stands in
beautiful grounds surrounded by well kept gardens
and wonderful old trees.

I love these ties between
France and New Zealand
especially as my daughter travelled to France in 2000.
My three granddaughters are
citizens of la belle France.

The house was built using the old style
construction of rammed earth 
which was common in Bishop Pompallier's
home town of Lyon, France.

We were in Russell a few years ago
and spent a wonderful day in the grounds of
Pompallier House for the annual

 Fête de Noël!

It was such a fun day with

french music, language and food!

I'm joining Gemma for  Ruby Tuesday Too
do pop over to catch up on the other "red" posts.
Why not join in?

Thank you dear friends for your visits and comments

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt



  1. A wonderful reason to celebrate and enjoy all things francais, n'est-ce pas?

  2. I love reading about these towns in far away places. Your photos are great. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  3. Good Morning Shane,
    Lovely to catch up with your posts..when you take these photos with such a tie to France, it must make you miss your little ones even more..happy 1st of March from back home in BC.

  4. This looks like a wonderful spot to visit. I guess I didn't realize about the ties of NZ to France. I suppose it makes sense -- everyone must be settled by someone else! Lovely!

  5. They have made such a great job of transforming it back to how it was originally - I thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour there.

    Imust look out for the next Fete de Noel.

  6. What a beautiful place to spend time! Great photos...as always! Hugs, Diane

  7. So interesting Shane. I had no idea the French sent missionaries to NZ, and what a beautiful house they built. French culture makes any place look better, don't you think? Lovely post. xx

  8. I guess that NZ, like Canada, had its share of missionaries. Over here were mostly Jesuits and Oblates - they helped open up a lot of the frontier.

  9. It looks like this house has beautiful gardens. What a special day to commemorate the link of New Zealand and France.

  10. French missionaries went so many places in the world. They were some of the first here in Canada, too. It's interesting, too, how people bring their ways of building and living with them. A forerunner of the global society we now have. What a fun way to spend some time enjoy France without going there.

  11. Hi Shane, my dear friend, thank you for this wonderful and interesting post!
    Wishing you a lovely rest of the week, filled with love and joy!
    Hugs and blessings to you, Claudia xo

  12. Thanks much for coming by, Shane...
    this all looks like so much fun...I will never get to France and I love seeing your posts and hearing about your family over there.



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