The Beurre Clairgeau pear was brought to New Zealand in 1874 by William Thomas Benefield from Kingston in Kent, South England. The variety has been grown in Whanganui, New Zealand, by the Benefield family ever since.
This painting of the pear was done by Bernadette Evans (nee Benefield) and illustrates the fruit and foliage as well as the beautiful flowers that this variety has. With cold autumn nights the leaves turn a stunning red colour. The pear was marketed under the name ‘Beurre Claire’ (in modern names) in New Zealand.