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Tysarczyk, (Dyzarski) Jan Michal, Labourer, (1836-1920) Dąbrówka-Tczewska, the son of Laurencjusz Dysarsch & Maryanna Grabowska, m. (28 Jan 1868) St. Stanislaw Bishop & Martyr, Subkowy, Julianna Didrich (1839-1928) Starzęcin, the daughter of Jakob Didrich & Katarzyna Pielska. Family—Brzuśce; Paulina (1869) & Maryanna (1870-1942). The family left Brzuśce for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Palmerston” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872.

 Listed aboard were—Johann Dysars 38, Julianna 26, Paulina 4 & Maria 1. On the 6th of January, during their stay at the Dunedin immigration barracks in Princes Street, they gave birth to Annie Martha (1873-1953). They were sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brodgen & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri, soon moving to Waihola where Johann purchased sections 8 & 9 of block 22 on 22 Aug 1874, sections 3 to 6 in 1876 and sections 10 & 11 in 1878. Here they had the rest of the family—John (1874-1909), Franz (1876), Julianna (1878-1917) & Rose (1882-1898). The 82’ freeholder lists Johan owning 2 acres to the value of £200 in Waihola. In April of 1884 the family returned to Greytown where they remained. Missing Friends. Mary Dysarskry is missing from her father’s home, Greytown, Otago District, since the 10th ultimo. Description: A German, fourteen years of age, 5 feet high, medium build, fair hair, blue eyes, dark eyebrows; wore a dark reddish dress and straw hat; carried a basket containing a striped dress and some underclothing. She will likely endeavour to get a situation. She is inquired for at the instance of her father. “Police Gazette”, 1885, pg 37. Johan, a farmer for William Shand, was naturalised 14 Nov 1893 residing at Greytown (Allanton). He died at Dunedin 14 Jul 1920 aged 84 & Julianna died at Allanton 18 Feb 1928 aged 89. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Paulina Dysarsh attended Waihola School and left in 1882. After that her whereabouts are unknown.
Marianna (Mary Elisabeth) Dysarski died a spinster 12 Jun 1942 at Mosgiel and is buried at the Allanton Cemetery.


The Polish Government is offering financial assistance, by way of a ‘one-off payment’ grant, to Poles repressed or deported to Siberia or living in the Eastern regions of Poland during the period of 1936 – 1956. 

In order to qualify for this grant, one must be a Polish citizen, holding a Polish passport and, must be a retired serviceman/woman.

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