Bielicki, Maciej (Martin) Ludwik, Labourer, (1832-1902) Rudno, the son of Maciej Bielicki (1797-1852) & Anna Stąkiewicz (1804-1867), married on 3 November 1861 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to Maryanna Jabłońska (1842-1876) Swarożyn, the daughter of Filip Jabłoński (1818-1878) & Maryanna Michałowska (1824-1866). Family—Starzęcin; Paulina (1863-1943), Radostowo; Jόzef (1864-1940), Waćmierz; Jan (1866-1872), Maria Madgalena (1867-1926), Robert Paweł (1870-1871) & Anna Elżbieta (1872-1951), Gorzędziej; Franciszek (1875). The family left Gorzędziej for Hamburg where they set aboard the Terpsichore on 15 November 1875, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 18 March 1876.
Listed aboard was—Math Bielicki 39, Marianna 31, Pauline 12, Joseph 9, Maria 7, Anna 3, Augustin 2 & Franz 6 mths. On arrival, the ship was immediately placed in quarantine because of typhoid and the passengers were transferred to the Quarantine Station on Soames Island, in Wellington Harbour. During the voyage, Mathias’s wife, Marianna, died from typhoid fever on 4 February 1876. Martin & family travelled to Germantown (Waikaka Valley), in the South Island where the railway was progressing. How Martin coped with his large young family on arrival is hard to imagine. During 1879 he bought section 9 of block 7 in the town of East Gore. Martin, a labourer, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 30 September 1899 and over the years Mathias’s sons and son-in-laws followed his footsteps in railway work & construction. Becoming blind in his later years, Martin was institutionalised at the Otago Benevolent Institution, (Tall Boys) at Caversham, Dunedin on 24 January 1902. Here he died on 29 June 1902 aged 69 and was buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.
Paulina Bielicki married on 6 June 1888 at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, East Gore (Gordon) to widower, James Sparks (1848-1888) Springvale, Tasmania, the son of James Sparks (farmer) & Sarah Bell. James’ first wife had died on 14 April 1888. James’ association with Paulina must have started in the early 80’s as their first child was born in 1882 and there were subsequent births prior to their marriage. Family; Mary Margaret (1880), Ellen (1882-1946), James (1884-1962), Pauline (1885-1885), Elizabeth/Lily (1887-1962), Joseph (1888), Francis Thomas (1890-1971), Elsie (1892), Albert Mathous (1894-1955), Ada Katherine (1896-1979), Annie Therese (1897-1917), Mabel Martha (1899-1979), Sylvester (1900-1972), Gladys (1902) & Ethel Mary (1904-1993). James died on 31 May 1917 aged 69 & Paulina died on 29 September 1943 aged 80. Both are buried at the Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill.
Joseph Bielicki & Laura Woolliams had a daughter, Nellie (1886-1957). Joseph married on 1 May 1889 at Church of the Sacred Heart, Greytown, in a double wedding ceremony to Rosalia Kowalewski (1862-1941) Rukosin, the daughter of Lohrenz August Kowalewski (1834-1894) & Josephina Drozdowska (1835-1900). Family—Allanton; Annie Elizabeth (1889-1913), Albert (1889-1913), Joseph (1891), Frank (1892-1953), Barbara (1894-1967), John (1897-1952), Joseph (1900), Olive Rose (1904-1904) & Mary Agnes Elsie (1907-1992). In 1914, Barbara had a son Clarence George (1914-1939) who was raised as the youngest child of Joseph & Rosalia. Joseph, a labourer, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 14 November 1893 and died on 6 December 1940 aged 76 & Rose died on 29 April 1941 aged 78. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Maria Magdalena Bielicki married on 6 June 1890 at Gore to David Roberts (1863-1946). Family; Frank (1891), James Wood (1892-1935), Annie Elizabeth (1893-1980) & Thomas Alexander (1895). Maria died in Dunedin on 19 December 1926 aged 58 and is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.
Anna Elizabeth Bielicki married on 1 May 1889 at Church of the Sacred Heart, Greytown, in a double wedding ceremony to Frank Kowalewski (1860-1941) Spzęgawa, the son of Lohrenz August Kowalewski (1834-1894) & Josephina Drozdowska (1835-1900). Family—Allanton; Lawrence Mathew (1890-1969), Mary Josephine (1895-1959), Annie Augusta (1897-1949), Veronica (1902-1935), Doris Eileen (1909) & Agnes Frances (1912-1980). Anna died at Mosgiel on 6 February 1951 and is buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Franz Bielicki married on 5 June 1895 at Gore to Emma Jane Sparks, the daughter of James Sparks. Emma was born in Tasmania and was 3 years old at the time of arrival in New Zealand. Family; Catherine (1894), Alfred Morris (1896-1941), Ernest Matthew Joseph (1897-1923), Evelyn Frances (1899-1970), Violet Mary (1901-1962), Myrtle May (1903-1978) & Albert James (1906-1972). Emma died on 17 March 1944 aged 71 and is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.
Augustin (Thomas August) Bielicki (1873-1939) Waćmierz, the son of Jan Jakόb Bielicki (1836) & Katarzyna Franciszka Jabłońska (1840), travelled for Hamburg with his uncle & aunt Marcin Bielicka & Maryanna Jabłońska, where they set aboard the Terpischore on 15 November 1875, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 18 March 1876. Listed aboard was—Augustin Bielicki 2. They travelled south to Germantown (Waikaka Valley) where his uncle purchased property. Thomas August married on 2 June 1896 at Church of the Blessed Sacrement, Gore to Rose Halfka (Haftka), whose family had also arrived on the Terpischore. Family; Thomas August (1897-1957), Frank (1899-1969), Joseph (1901-1947), Martin (1903-1965), Eveline Annie (1907) & James (1915). Thomas was employed with the New Zealand railways as a ganger, platelayer, surfaceman and engineer. He later naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 10 October 1923, residing at Edendale. Thomas died on 19 March 1939 aged 65 and is buried at the Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill.
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McDougall Olive J. R. Christchurch, supplied family history & photos (1998)
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Walsh John, Masterton, supplied extensive history of Prussia, family history & family documents (1998)
Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)