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Gdaniec Family


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Gdaniec, Paweł (1800-1861), married on 21 November 1830 at St. Małgorzata, Miłobądz to Elzbieta Grabowska (1814) Laguszewo, the daughter of Pawel Grabowski (1771-1821) & Maryanna Zielinska (1775). Family; Miescin, Michal Franciszek (1832-1832), Paweł Franciszek (1833), Łukocin; Jozef Heinrich (1836), Franciszek Xavier (1839), Ignacy Walenty (1841-1845), Dalwin; Jakob (1844), Szczerbięcin; August Wilhelm (1846), Jan Marcin (1849) & Maryanna (1852). Paweł Gdaniec died on 21 July 1861 at Małżewko. Elzbieta then married on 1 November 1863 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to Franciszek Chajewski (1833-1883) Lubieszyn, the son of Jozef Michal Chajewski (1800-1856) & Ewa Blok (1808-1891). It appears their son Jacob was the first to immigrate and left Lubizewo-Tzewskie for Hamburg where he set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872.

Listed aboard was—Jacob Gdanitz 28. Jacob invested in Crown Grant land in the North Harbour & Blueskin district in 1876 & left the area around 1883 for Greytown where he took up some property. At the same time he had also taken up property in the Otokia area with his brother August. Jacob is last recorded in the ‘1895 Otago & Southland Directory’, as a labourer at Greytown (Allanton)..His whereabouts are unkown.

August Wilhelm Gdaniec left Friederchobey for Hamburg where he set aboard the Humboldt on 19 October 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 28 January 1875. Listed aboard was—August W. Gedanitz 28. While in New Zealand he worked as a farmer and labourer. In 1883 he had taken up some property in the Otokia area with his brother Jacob & sold the property on 11 September 1888. The last known account of August, was residing at Greytown. His whereabouts are unknown.

Their mother & second husband, Frank Chajewski, arrived in New Zealand aboard the Lammershagen in 1875.  Frank died in in Allanton in 1883 and it appears that Jakob and August Wilhelm went abroad around the mid 1890s taking their mother with them.


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 22 & 48.

Research Sources

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

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

Godziszewo, Lubiszewo Tczewskie, Miłobądz & Trąbki Wielkie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)