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Bielicki, Augustin (1873-1939) Waćmierz, the son of Jan Jakόb Bielicki & Katarzyna Franciszka Jabłońska, was known in New Zealand as Thomas August. He travelled for Hamburg with his uncle Marcin & aunt Maryanna Bielicka, where they set aboard the “Terpischore” 15 Nov 1875, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington, 18 Mar 1876. Listed aboard was—Augustin Bielicki 2. They travelled south to Germantown (Waikaka Valley) where his uncle purchased property. Thomas August m. (2 Jun 1896) Church of the Blessed Sacrement, Gore, Rose Halfka (Haftka), whose family had also arrived on the “Terpischore”. Thomas & Rose had 5 boys & 1 girl while employed with the New Zealand railways as a ganger, platelayer, surfaceman and engineer. He later naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 10 Oct 1923, residing at Edendale. Thomas died 19 Mar 1939 aged 65 and is buried at the Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill.
Bielicki, Maciej (Martin) Ludwik, Labourer, (1832-1902) Rudno, the son of Maciej Bielicki & Anna Stankiewicz, m. (3 Nov 1861) Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie, Maryanna Jabłońska (1842-1876) Swarożyn, the daughter of Filip Jabłoński & Maryanna Michałowska. 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 “Terpischore” 15 Nov 1875, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington, 18 Mar 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 4 Feb 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 30 Sep 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, 24 Jan 1902. Here he died 29 Jun 1902 aged 69 and was buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.
Paulina Bielicki m. (6 Jun 1888) Church of the Blessed Sacrement, East Gore (Gordon), widower, James Sparks (1848-1888) Springvale, Tasmania, the son of James Sparks (farmer) & Sarah Bell. James’ first wife had died 14 Apr 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. James died 31 May 1917 aged 69 & Paulina died 29 Sep 1943 aged 80. Both are buried at the Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill.
Joseph Bielicki & Laura Woolliams had a daughter, Nellie (1886-1957). Joseph m. (1 May 1889) Church of the Sacred Heart, Greytown, in a double wedding ceremony to Rosalia Kowalewski (1862-1941) Rukosin, the daughter of Lohrenz August Kowalewski & Josephina Drozdowska. Family—Allanton; Albert, Joseph, Frank, Barbara Augusta, John, Annie Elizabeth, Olive Rose & Mary Agnes Elsie. In 1914, Barbara had a son George who was raised as the youngest child of Joseph & Rosalia. Joseph, a labourer, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 14 Nov 1893 and died 6 Dec 1940 aged 76 & Rose died 29 Apr 1941 aged 78. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Maria Magdalena Bielicki m. (6 Jun 1890) Gore, David Roberts. They had 2 boys & 2 girls. Maria died in Dunedin 19 Dec 1926 aged 58 and is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.
Anna Elizabeth Bielicki m. (1 May 1889) Church of the Sacred Heart, Greytown, in a double wedding ceremony to Frank Kowalewski (1860-1941) Spzęgawa, the son of Lohrenz August Kowalewski & Josephina Drozdowska. Family—Allanton; Lawrence Mathew, Mary Josephine, Annie Augusta, Veronica, Doris Eileen & Agnes Frances. Anna died at Mosgiel 6 Feb 1951 and is buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Franz Bielicki m. (5 Jun 1895) Gore, 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. Together Franz & Emma had a family of 3 boys & 4 girls. Emma died 17 Mar 1944 aged 71 and is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.

Information kindly provided by Olive J. R. McDougall.

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