Bishop Pompallier returned to France in 1869 after thirty years of missionary work in New Zealand. He died in 1871 and was buried at Puteaux near Paris. Almost unknown in France, or rather forgotten, because of his long absence from his homeland, his grave was nevertheless visited by travellers from New Zealand. His successor as Bishop of Auckland, James Michael Liston, visited in 1935 and finding the grave neglected arranged to have repairs carried out. He visited again in 1954 and often reminded Aucklanders of their first bishop.