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Anis, Szymon (1798-1865) Rudno, the son of Jakob Anys (1764) & Katarzyna Lipska, married on 16 October 1825 at Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Trąbki Wielkie to  Regina Rozalia Demer (1804-1890) Sobowidz, the daughter of Maciej Demer (1765-1808) & Elzbieta Brandt (1760-1839).  Family—Sobowidz; Jan (1826-1826), Maryanna (1826-1880), Anna Barbara (1828-1830), Jozef Walenty (1831-1832), Barbara (1833-1839), Szymon (1836-1839), Zajączkowo; Franciszek (1839-1921), Szczerbęcin; Michal (1841), Jakob (1843-1846), Barbara Różalia (1846-1850) & Franciszka Paulina (1849-1939). The family are located at Male Turze where Szymon Anis died on 1 April 1865 aged 66. In 1872 their youngest daughter Franciszka with family left Trzcińsk and migrated to New Zealand aboard the Palmerston. From the village of Malzewko Regina left for Hamburg a couple of years later with daughter Maria and son Franciszek of Małe Turze. They set aboard the Reichstag departing on 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington, on 6 August 1874.


L. Annie Sinclair (nee Annis), James Sinclair (on knee), Frank Annis, Franciszka Annis, Annie Annis (nee Kenny), Graham Annis (hat on knee), Bernhard Annis (back row), Jean Sinclair (ribbon in hair), Charles Kenny (back), Bill Sinclair & – Sinclair. Picinic at Waihola Ca. 1910. Kindly provided by Helen Sinclair

Listed aboard was—Regine Annis 63 who went to settle with family at Waihola. Here she lived her years with her youngest daughter Franciszka.  She died on 8 December 1890 at Waihola aged 86 and is buried with the Orłowskis at the Waihola Cemetery.

Kroning & Annis (first cottage) in Beacon Street (corner of cemetery), taken from Adams Farm. Ca. 1900

Franciszek Anis, Small Farmer (1839-1921) Zajączkowo, the son of Szymon Anis & Regina Różalia Demer, married on 10 September 1865 at St. John Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Weronika Chełkowska (1842-1902) Małe Turze, the daughter of Albrecht Chełkowski (1819-1875) & Katarzyna Stolc (1810-1881). Family—Małe Turze; Jozef (1866-1868), Różalia (1867-1868), Maria (1869), Franciszek (1870-1920), Franciszka (1872-1949) & Anna (1874-1947). They left Małe Turze with extended family from Małżewko including Weronika’s youngest sister, Franciszka, for Hamburg where they set aboard the Reichstag on 10 May 1874. They arrived at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 6 August 1874 and were listed as—Franz Annis 35, Veronika 30, Maria 4, Franz, 3, Francisca 2 & Anna 2 mths. They travelled to the South Island and settled with family at Waihola. Family—Waihola; John (1876-1952), Bernhardt Robert (1878-1961), August (1879-1962), Martha (1881-1927), Catherine (1884-1905) & Adam (1888-1888). Joseph Tikey (1878-1954), born at Waihola, was taken in by the family as an infant. From a labourers income Frank acquired sections 10 to 14 of block 23 on 21 November 1876 and built a cottage of sod adjacent to where the Waihola Cemetery is now.  According to the 82’ Freeholders, the property of one acre was valued at £120. In November of 88’ a further 20 acres of Crown land at Clarendon was purchased for 20 shillings an acre. Here an accommodating wooden cottage was erected on section 59 of block 1, next to where a stone dairy once stood. Still in the hands of the Bungard family, the farm opens to a spectacular view of Lake Waihola and surroundings.

Frank was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 30 November 1899 retiring on the hills above Waihola and within a couple of years Veronica had died at Waihola on 11 June 1902 aged 59. “We are sorry to record loss by fire among some of our hill farmers. A fire started in the bush at the back of Waihola, and Messrs. Annis, Gregory, Bell and Yorston – the two last named particularly – were heavy losers. The fire demolished not only large quantities of bush and fencing, but crops and live stock. The value of the property destroyed varies on the different farms from £20 to £500.” 04 Nov 1907, Bruce Herald. Frank died at Dunedin on 19 August 1921 aged 82. Both are buried at the Waihola Cemetery.

Paul Klemick exploring the remains of the Annis Cottage at Claredon, above the settlement of Waihola. Taken 1998


Fanny Annis. Originally shared by swhitelaw9 – ancestry.com

Maria Annis may have died on the journey out.

Franz Annis Jnr. is listed as a labourer residing at Alexandra South in the Tuapeka Electoral Roll of 1905.  He died in Dunedin on 7 November 1920 aged 50 and is buried at Waihola.

Frank Annis, aged 51, residing at Henley, was admitted to the hospital late on Saturday night suffering from a fracture of left thigh. He fell from a bicycle in front of the wheels of a traction engine, one wheel going over both legs. He died at 6 o’clock this morning. 8 Nov 1920, AG. FATAL ACCIDENT. MILBURN RESIDENT RUN OVER BY TRACTION ENGINE. Francis Annis, a single man, 50 years of age, a resident of Milburn, and employed at Milburn Lime and Cement Co’s works, met with a peculiar fatal accident whilst cycling home from Henley on Saturday. Overtaking a traction engine belonging to Messrs. Kennedy and McCulloch, of Milburn, which was returning from Dunedin, and had just crossed the Henley Bridge, Annis looked up to speak to the driver, when from some unexplained reason his bicycle capsized, and he fell with his legs under the off-side wheel. Dr. Moody, of Outram, attended the sufferer, who was taken to Dunedin Hospital by motor ambulance, where he died at 6 a.m. on Sunday.” 08 Nov 1920, Bruce Herald.  Francis was buried at the Waihola Cemetery.

Francisca (Fanny) Annis married in 1892 in Dunedin to George Jones (1870-1910). Family, Dunedin; Margaret (1892), Fanny (1894), Lydia (1896-1960) Alice May (1900-1984) Dulcie & Nellie.  Fanny then married in 1922  to Walker Horner (1866-1948). Fanny died on 16 July 1949 aged 77 and was cremated at Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch.

Anna Annis married in 1892 in Milton to James Eric Sinclair (1866-1938). Family, Waihola; Veroni (1892-1893), Jean (1894-1964), William John (1895-1941), James Alfred (1902-1978) & Graham Robert (1907-1971). Annie died on 1 May 1947 aged 73 and is buried at the Waihola Cemetery.

Remains of The Annis Dairy at Claredon. Kindly provided by Helen Sinclair

Franz & Veronica Annis, Roman Catholic Block 7 Plot 14, Waihola Cemetery


Pobóg-Jaworowski J. W., History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw: Chz “Ars Polona,” 1990, pages 23, 42, 166 & 197.

Robinson Leila & Dignan Jill, The Sinclair Story, page 46.

Research Sources

Archives New Zealand, Passenger List, 1839 – 1973. FamilySearch.

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara O Te Kawanatanga; Land Records.

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

Godziszewo, Miłobądz, Trąbki Wielkie & Wielki Garc parish records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

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


Frank Annis, Waihola Cemetery

New Zealand Government Property Tax Department, from the rates assessment rolls, Return of Freeholders of New Zealand 1882, published 1884.

Oliver Judith, provided family information & family history researched by Barbara Stirling (2002)


Christchurch City Council Cemeteries

Rayina Annis, Roman Catholic Block 7 Plot 15, Waihola Cemetery

Database (christchurchcitylibraries.com)

Papers Past (natlib.govt.nz)

Waihola Cemetery – Frank Annis (1869-1920) – Find A Grave Memorial

James & Annie Sinclair (nee Annis), Waihola Cemetery

Waihola Cemetery – Franz Annis (1829-1921) – Find A Grave Memorial

Waihola Cemetery – James & Annie (nee Annis) Sinclair  (1866-1938) – Find A Grave Memorial

Waihola Cemetery – Rayina Annis (1804-1890) – Find A Grave Memorial

Waihola Cemetery – Veronica Chelkowska Annis (1842-1902) – Find A Grave Memorial



Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)