Ditlev Gothard Monrad
|Ditlev Gothard Monrad|
|Council President of Denmark|
31 December 1863 – 11 July 1864
|Preceded by||Carl Christian Hall|
|Succeeded by||Christian Albrecht Bluhme|
24 November 1811|
|Died||28 March 1887
|Political party||National Liberal Party|
Monrad was one of the pioneers of the making of a constitutional Denmark after 1848. As Council President 1863-1864 he was the Danish state leader during the early part of Second War of Schleswig against the German Confederation, led by Otto von Bismarck, which resulted in the Peace of Vienna.
After this war, a depressed and disillusioned Monrad emigrated to New Zealand. After sending his sons to Nelson and other districts of New Zealand to scout for land, he chose to settle in Palmerston North in the North Island of New Zealand. He bought 482 acres (1.95 km2) of land at Karere Block. He lived first in a small hut, then later he erected a timber house and started clearing bushland. He and his family farmed cows and sheep. Monrad helped the New Zealand Company to find suitable settlers from Scandinavia and he helped many Danish immigrants to find land to settle on, most notably in the area of Dannevirke.
His work was disturbed by Māori rioters, who were Hauhaus under chief Titokowaru. Monrad buried his belongings and went with the family to Wellington and then went back to Denmark in 1869. His sons Viggo and Johannes later returned to Karere to become farmers.
Before leaving New Zealand he presented a precious collection of sketches and etchings by old European masters, e.g. Rembrandt, Rubens, Dürer and van Dyck, to the New Zealand Government. They are now part of the collection at the national museum of New Zealand - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and are occasionally on display there.
- Johan Schioldann-Nielsen, The life of D.G. Monrad (1811-1887) : manic-depressive disorder and political leadership, Odense University Press, 1988. ISBN 87-7492-668-3.
- G.C. Petersen, D.G. Monrad : Scholar, statesman, priest and New Zealand pioneer and his New Zealand descendants, Kerslake, Billens & Humphrey. 1965.
- 50 Ministers of Education - From the Danish Ministry of Education.
- The Monrad Collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
- A biography
- Biography in 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand