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DROSDOWSKI/DROZDOWSKI (Pol) drozd. Meaning: thrush. DROSDOWSKI is a habitation name of a person coming from the place where the thrushes live. The name DROSD is also used as the surname in some records.

SZWOCHA (Pol) szwoch. Meaning: uncle, relative.

WALIŃSKI (Pol) from name element Wal- as from Walenty. Meaning: strong, healthy.

WIŚNIEWSKI (Pol) wiśnia. Meaning: Cherry-tree or wiśniak – cherry wine.

WRÓBLEWSKI (Pol) wrόbel. Meaning: sparrow.


Jan Wróblewski (b. 1845–d. 1903) was born at Rukosin on 22 June 1845, the son of Franciszek Wróblewski (b. 1813–d. 1875) and Maryanna Wiśniewska (b. 1815–d. 1857).  Jan married on 28 April 1872 at the Church of the Holy Trinity at Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to Katarzyna Walińska (b. 01 August 1853 at Boroszewo–d. 1924), the daughter of Jozef Waliński (b. 1831–d. 1872) and Franciszka Szwocha (b. 1829–d. 1925). They left the village of Stanisławie for Hamburg where they set sail aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers near Dunedin on 6 December 1872.


Listed aboard were: Johann Wroblewski age 27 and Valencia (Catherina) 19. They were sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden and Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. The family born at Allanton were: Anthony (b. 1874–d. 1936), John (b. 1875–d. 1875), Joseph (b. 1875–d. 1875), Frank (b. 1876–d. 1955), Mary (b. 1878–d. 1949), August (b. 1881), John Patrick (b. 1883–d. 1940), Anna (b. 1885), Joseph (b. 1887), Catherine (b. 1890), Martha (b. 1892–d. 1945) and George (b. 1895). John was employed as a labourer and was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 26 August 1899.


Sisters; Marianna Pedofsky (nee Walinska) and Catherine Wroblenski (nee Walinska) outside the Wrobefski home in Allanton


“Waste Lands Board. (Abridged from the ‘Times.’) GREYTOWN. Messrs F. Rogatsky, P. Jacob Kaukel, and John Wrobloskie, with three other Germans, applied to purchase areas held by them in the township of Greytown at £3 per section, viz: — Section 13, block XII , section 17 and 18, block XII., and having occupied and built upon the land by authority of the Government. Mr Henry Houghton, German Consul, appeared on behalf of the applicants.” Bruce Herald, 18 August 1876, p 3

John died at Allanton on 24 July 1903 aged 58 and Catherine died at Allanton on 10 December 1924 aged 71. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.


Properties of Wroblenski and Junge at centre left of photo.



atherine and John Wroblenski, courtesy of Lynn Donaldson who originally shared this on 06 Aug 2020 at Ancestry.com


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 25, 26, 27 & 28.

Research Sources

Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973, FamilySearch.

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton; Baptism Register.

Deihl Gladys; Kindly provided information.for History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand.

Godziszewo & Lubiszewo Tczewskie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Naturalisations, Births, Deaths and Marriages.


John Wroblenski and Catherine (nee Walinska), Catholic Block Plot 24 at Allanton Cemetery, courtesy of Paul Klemick

Allanton Cemetery – Catherine Wroblenski (1853-1924) – Dunedin City Council

Allanton Cemetery – John Wroblenski (1845-1903) – Dunedin City Council









Compiled by Paul Klemick (2022)



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