Tysarczyk, (Dyzarski) Jan Michal, Labourer, (1836-1920) Dąbrówka-Tczewska, the son of Laurencjusz Dysarsch (1793) & Maryanna Grabowska (1795), married on 28 January 1868 at St. Stanisław Bishop & Martyr, Subkowy to Julianna Didrich (1839-1928) Starzęcin, the daughter of Jakob Didrich (1815-1891) & Katarzyna Pielska (1816-1866). Family—Brzuśce; Paulina (1869) & Maryanna (1870-1942). The family left Brzuśce for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 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 Brogden & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri, soon moving to Waihola where Johann purchased sections 8 & 9 of block 22 on 22 August 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.
John, a farmer, who was working for William Shand, was naturalised on 14 November 1893 residing at Greytown (Allanton). He died at Dunedin on 14 July 1920 aged 84 & Julia died at Allanton on 18 February 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 on 12 June 1942 at Mosgiel and is buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 22, 33, 155, 196 & 197.
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.
Miłobądz & Subkowy Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.
New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Naturalisations, Births, Deaths and Marriages.
New Zealand Government Property Tax Department, from the rates assessment rolls, Return of Freeholders of New Zealand 1882, published 1884.
Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)