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Bucholc, Jan Franciszek (1841-1926) Zabagno, the son of Jan Stefan Bucholc (1805-1841) & Magdalena Radowska (1815-1892), married on 3 March 1867 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to Anna Agniszka Jabłońska (1844-1882) Swarożyn, the daughter of Fillip Jabłoński  (1818-1878) & Maryanna Michałowska (1824-1866). Family—Lubiszewo-Tczewskie; Jozef Michal (1867-1952), Małżewko; Angelika (Helen Amelia) (1869-1899) & Anna (1871-1871). From Małżewko the family left for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872 arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872.

B. -, -, -, Archie Ferguson, Nellie Bucholz, Joe Bucholz, Annie Woods & Frank Bucholz, -. C. Aggie Hoffman, Adam Hoffman, Albert Green, Martha Bucholz, Pearl Ferguson, Develoski, Mrs. Max Hoffman, & Maggie Kubala. F. Violet Hoffman, Nellie Giles, Nell Wyatt, -, Jack Wyatt, & three Kubala Children, Wedding held at Toronto Street, East Gore – 8 Oct 1913. Photo kindly provided by Allen J. Little QSM, JP & Nancy May Cullen Stewart.

Listed aboard were—Johann Buchholz 31, Anna 28, Joseph 4 & Amelia 2. During the voyage Anna gave birth to a baby girl—Mary (1872-1939). The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. By mid March 73’, they were residing at Waihola. In mid 1874, Johann was successful in the ballot for a 200 acre section of land to the north east of Gore. He drew the third section on the McNab run from the East Gore boundary on the highway known as Symes and Pinnacle Road. He was soon joined by a considerable number of his fellow countrymen & looking round in search of a place where they might pitch their tents without trespassing on private property they came upon the coal reserve along Johann’s farm and divided his property for purchase 28 Feb 1878. Johann took up work on the southern railway line in the Gore region. Family—Germantown (Waikaka Valley); Francis (1880-1950) & Martha Barbara (1882-1944). Anna Bucholz died on 5 October 1882 at Waikaka as a result of childbirth aged 38 and was buried at the Gore Cemetery. John then married on 7 Apr 1883 at Gore to Anna Dovaloska (1868-1899), the daughter of Johann Dovaloski & Catharina Maicrish. Family—Gore; Annie (1884-1933), Elizabeth (1885), James (1890-1890), Margaret (1891), Susannah (1893), James (1895-1962), Adam (1897) & Issac (1898-1898). Mrs Johann Halfka, known as Aunt Francisca, raised Martha, the youngest child from the first marriage. John is recorded as purchasing section 30 in the North Harbour & Blueskin (Pine Hill) district near Dunedin on 17 September 1890 and was later naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 8 September 1902, a farmer, residing at Gore. John died on 7 August 1926 at Seacliff Mental Hospital aged 84 and is buried with his wife at the Gore Cemetery.

Joseph Michael Bucholz married on 25 October 1911 at Church of the Sacred Heart, Allanton to Nellie Woolliams. He worked at times as a farmer and coal miner. He died on 29 December 1952 at Mataura aged 85 and is buried at the Gore Cemetery.

Angelica (Helen Amelia) Bucholz married on 12 March 1886 at Gore to Charles William Ramsay. Family; Robert James (1887), Charles William (1891-1964), William Francis (1893-1949) & Helen Gladys (1899).  She died on 21 November 1899 aged 30 and is buried at the Invercargill Cemetery.

John & Annie Bucholz, Catholic, Block 47 Plot 14, Gore Cemetery


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 22 & 167.

Research Sources

Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 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.

Little Allen J. QSM, JP, supplied photo & family information.

Lubiszewo Tczewskie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

Joseph Michael Buchols, Roman Catholic Block 106 Plot 19, Gore Cemetery

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

Walsh John, Masterton, supplied extensive history of Prussia, family history & family documents (1998).


Gore Cemetery – Annie Bucholz (1844-1882) » Gore District Council (goredc.govt.nz)

Gore Cemetery – John Bucholz (1841-1926) » Gore District Council (goredc.govt.nz)

Gore Cemetery – Joseph Michael Buchols (1867-1852) » Gore District Council (goredc.govt.nz)

Invercargil Eastern Cemetery – Helen Ramsay (1869-1899) – Invercargill City Council (icc.govt.nz)


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)