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Chełkowski Family



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Chełkowski, Albrecht (1810-1875) Bączek, the son of Jozef Chełkowski (1751-1826) & Maryanna Klass (1762-1831), married on 5 May 1833 at St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Katarzyna Stolc (1810-1881) the daughter of Andrzej Chełkowski (1784-1850) & Leonore (1789-1829). Family: Damaszka; Jozefina (1834-1914), Turze; Maryanna 1836-1838), Katarzyna 1840-1874), Weronika (1842-1902), Damaszka; Barbara (1845-1854), Turze; Rozalia (1848-1911), Małe Turze; Jan Jakob (1851-1914), Jozef (1854-1874) & Franciszka Apollonia (1857-1886).  In 1874, Franciszka Apollonia joined her sister Weronika and husband, Franciszek Anis, with family and left the village of Małe Turze for Hamburg where they set aboard the Reichstag on 10 May 1874. They arrived at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 6 August 1874.

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Annie, Fanny (nee Chelkowska), Frank & Felix Klimeck. Waihola Ca. 1886. Photo kindly provided by Martin Klemick, Nightcaps.

Listed aboard was—Francisca Chelkowski 17 and travelled with family south to Waihola in the South Island. She was soon followed by her godparents, Johann & Apollonia Klass who went to the newly established settlement of Greytown (Allanton). During the next year her sister Rozalia & her husband, Jan Marcin Kreft, left Stanisławie for Hamburg and set aboard the Lammershagen for New Zealand where they were sent to Jackson’s Bay. Fanny (1857-1886), a domestic servant, married on 22 April 1882 at the House of Franz Annis, Waihola to Frank Klimeck (1855-1919), the son of Maciej Klimek (1819-1899) & Anna Smolińska (1820-1882). Family—Waihola; Felix (1884-1961) & Annie (1885-1968). Tragically Fanny died of apoplexy on 2 October 1886 aged 29 and is buried at the Waihola Cemetery behind the Annis family plot. Sometime after the death, Felix & Annie were sent to live with uncle & aunt, Frank & Matilda Tikey at Fairfield.

Franciszka’s brother, Jan Jakob, immigrated to America with his wife Barbara Rozanowska and family aboard the Belgenland. They departed from Antwerp, Belgium, arriving at Philadelphia, Pensylvania on 14 August 1891 and settled in Milwaukee, Winsconsin.  In 1892, after the death of her husband Jozef Wolke, sister, Jozefina, migrated with her daughter Jozefina & family also to Milwaukee.

Grave of Fanny Klimeck (no headstone), behind the Annis Family Plot, Waihola Cemetery


Pobόg-Jaworowski J. W., History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 42 & 43.

Research Sources

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

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

Godziszewo & Kokoszkowy Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

                                                                                    Waihola Burial Records, Clutha District Council, Balclutha.

Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)