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Filipowski Family


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Filipowski (Philipowski) Jan Piotr, Farm Labourer (1835-1899) Kleszczewo, the son of Ignacy Filipowski (1808-1878) & Ewa Teresia Skwierowska (1796-1868), married on 8 November 1857 at Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Trąbki Wielkie to Rozalia Julianna Grabowska (1834-1908) Elganowo, the daughter of Michal Grabowski (1779-1838) & Anna Szulc (1802-1875). Family—Sobowidz; Paulina (1858-1946), Postołowo; August Franciszek (1860-1860), Franciszek Jan (1862), Rozalia Anna (1864), Maryanna (1866-1867), Julianna (1868-1868), Jozef (1869) & Berta (1873-1874). The family left Postołowo for Hamburg where Berta took ill aboard the Fritz Reuter before departure and died on 16 December 1874 and was buried at Hamburg on 18 December 1874. Only Pauline remained aboard the Fritz Reuter on 16 December 1874 arriving at Napier on 13 March 1875.


Cottage built by August Orlowski for John & Rosa Philipowski on section 12, block XVI, Waihola.  Taken by Paul Klemick 1998.

Listed aboard was Pauline Philipowski 16. Johann & Rosalia soon made their way to London where they set aboard the Earl of Zetland on 16 March 1875, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 3 June 1875. Listed aboard were—John Philipowski 35, Rosalia 34 & Joseph 5. While the family were at the immigration barracks in Caversham, Dunedin, Rosalia gave birth to Johanna (1875) on the 4th of July. From the barracks the family settled at Waihola where John worked as a platelayer on the railway and later worked as a labourer. Here they had their youngest, John (Philips) (1878). The 82’ Freeholders listed John as owning land to the value of £50 at Waihola and was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 10 October 1893. Just before his death on 11 March 1898, John gifted section 16, block XVI in Nore Street, Waihola, to the Catholic Bishop for the erection of a church there which he lived to see the opening. John died on 27 December 1899 and Rosa died on 9 September 1908. Both are buried at the Waihola Cemetery.

Pauline Philipowski married on 9 October 1880 at St. Mary’s, Milton to Joseph Orlowski, the son of Joseph Alexander Orłowski & Bridget Parobkowicz. Family—Waihola; Victoria (1881-1972), Rose Paulina (1882-1967), Edward Adolph (1885-1969), Ignatius Joseph (Arthur Joseph Taylor) (1887-1939) & Bernard (1889-1934). The family then migrated to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in the late 1880’s where they lived out their remaining years. Here they had two sons—Northcote; Daniel O’Connell (1891-1943) & Trentham; John (1893-1936). Pauline died in South Melbourne on 14 May 1946 aged about 88 years and is buried at the Hiedleberg Cemetery, Melbourne.

Joseph Philipowski’s whereabouts are unknown.


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 29, 34, 48, 196 & 197.

Research Sources

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

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara O Te Kawanatanga; Land Records.

Cathie, supplied family genealogy (2005)

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

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.

Pręgowo Dołne & Trąbki Wielkie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

Waihola Cemetery Records, Dunedin Public Library. 


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)