Michel Borjon

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Fr MICHEL BORJON, aged 29 (on arrival in New Zealand in Group V on 15 Jun 1841).

About a month after his arrival he sailed with Pompallier on the Sancta Maria to be left at Maketu to found a new station. A year later, while Pompallier was still away in Wallis, he was recalled to Auckland. From there he sailed on 1 August with Br Déodat on the Speculator, appointed to be the first resident priest in Wellington. The ship was last sighted at Mercury Bay on 12 August, and later foundered with no survivors. Borjon was presumed to have drowned, aged 31.

Borjon S.M., Michel

Born 25/09/1811 Arbigny, Ain, France

Died 31/08/1842 East Coast NZ

Ordination 16/07/1837

Profession 03/09/1839

  • 1837-1838 Puylata CS
  • 1838-1840 until summer holidays Petit Seminaire de Belley CS
  • 18401208 left London on Mary Gray for Sydney
  • 18410507 arrive Sydney
  • 18410601 leave Sydney on Earl of Durham
  • 18410615 Bay of Islands from Sydney Earl of Durham
  • 18410723 left Kororareka on Sancta Maria LRO doc 114
  • 18410822 Maketu LRO doc 129
  • 18420604 received instruction to leave Maketu for Port Nicholson LRO doc 175
  • 18420701 arrived Auckland LRO doc 222
  • 18420731/0801 left Auckland on Speculator
  • 18420812 last sighting of vessel off Mercury Bay

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