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Chajewski Family



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Chajewski, Franciszek, Small Farmer, (1833-1883) Lubieszyn, the son of Jozef Michal Chajewski (1800-1856) & Ewa Blok (1808-1891), married on 1 November 1863 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to widower, Elzbieta Grabowska (1814) Laguszewo, the daughter of Pawel Grabowski (1771-1821) & Maryanna Zielinska (1775).  Franciszek & Elzbieta left Lubiszewo-Tczewskie for Hamburg where they set aboard the Lammershagen on 1 April 1875, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 11 July 1875.

Listed aboard were—Franz Chajewski 44 & Louisa (Elisabeth) 60. They travelled to Waihola in the South Island to join with family there.

A letter from Waihola to Mr. Colling Allen, the Immigration Officer in Dunedin states “Would you kindly make inquiries at the barracks whether good, one bundle bedding plus one box belonging to Franz Chajewski have been forwarded yet? Up to date they have not arrived.”

Some time later they moved to Greytown where Frank died on 17 October 1883 aged 56 and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin. The whereabouts of Elisabeth is unknown but she may have migrated abroad with sons Jakob & August Wilhelm Gdaniec around the mid 1890s.

Frank Hieffskie, Roman Catholic Block 39 Plot 8, Southern Cemetery


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, page 29.

Research Sources

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

Garczyn, Godziszewo, Lubiszewo Tczewskie, Miłobądz & Trąbki Wielkie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.


Southern Cemetery – Frank Hieffskie (1833-1883) – Dunedin City Council


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)