Jan Michal Tysarczyk (Dysarski), a labourer, (b. 1836–d. 1920) was born at Dąbrówka-Tczewska, the son of Laurencjusz Dysarsch (b. 1793) and Maryanna Grabowska (b. 1795). Jan married on 28 January 1868 at St. Stanisław Bishop and Martyr in Subkowy to Julianna Didrich (b. 1839 at Starzęcin–d. 1928), the daughter of Jakob Didrich (b. 1815–d. 1891) and Katarzyna Pielska (b. 1816–d. 1866). The family born at Brzuśce were Paulina (b. 1869) and Maryanna (b. 1870–d. 1942). The family left Brzuśce for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers near Dunedin on 6 December 1872.
Listed aboard were—Johann Dysars age 38, Julianna 26, Paulina 4 and Maria 1. On 6 January 1873, during their stay at the Dunedin immigration barracks in Princes Street, they gave birth to Annie Martha (b. 1873–d.1953). They were sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden and Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri, soon moving to Waihola where John purchased sections eight and nine of block 22 on 22 August 1874, sections three to six in 1876 and sections ten and elven in 1878. The family born at Waihola were John (b. 1874–d. 1909), Franz (b. 1876), Julianna (b. 1878–d. 1917) and Rose (b. 1882–d. 1898). According to the 1882’ Return of Freeholders, John had two acres at Waihola valued at £200. In April of 1884 the family returned to Greytown (Allanton) 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, p 37.
John who worked as a farmer for William Shand at the time, was naturalised on 14 November 1893 residing at Allanton. He died at Dunedin on 14 July 1920 aged 84 and 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)