Jean Yvert

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MR JEAN FRANÇOIS YVERT, aged 44 (on arrival in New Zealand in Group V on 15 June 1841).

He was a layman who had separated from his wife and daughter about1829. After he had become attached to the Society of Mary, in 1839 he did a short apprenticeship at Caen in printing and bookbinding. The Marist administration then deputed him to purchase, in Paris, a printing press and accessories to travel with him to Kororareka. He lived as a brother with the Marists, sharing their work including the building of the printery. The first book in Maori came off the press in October 1842. During the troublesome time of 1845 he took the press for safe keeping to Whangaroa. After its return to Kororareka, he seems to have divided his time between printing there and helping supervise (with Louis Rozet) Whangaroa catechists' training school. He went with Philippe Viard to Wellington in 1850, and remained with the Marist community in Thorndon, helping build and administer the parish plant there, even teaching when needed till he was too old to continue. He died there on 7 July 1867 aged 71, and is buried in Mount St cemetery.

See Letters of Yvert


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