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Gdaniec, Marcin (1807-1863) Rosciszewko, the son of Kazimierz Gdaniec (1759-1810) & Anna Meyrowska, married on 24 October 1830 at St Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Apolonia Rogaczewska (1805-1842). Family; Rościszewko; Maryanna Augusta (1831-1832), Anna Paulina (1833), Marcin Franciszek (1835), Jozef (1838-1845), Jozefina Agata (1840-1841) & Jan (1842-1842). Apolonia died on 15 June 1842 at Rosciszewko aged 37.  Marcin then married on 3 September 1842 at St. Michał the Archangel, Skarszewy to Maryanna Bławat (1817-1897) of Bolesławowo, the daughter of Jozef Bławat & Maria Wilmer. Family—Rościszewko; Julianna (1843-1852), Rozalia (1845-1916), August (1847-1847), Tomasz (1848-1933), Anna Teresia (1850-1873), Maryanna (1852-1943), Julianna (1854-1913), Bernhard (1856-1859) & Wilhelmina (1860-1940). Marcin Gdaniec died at Rościszewko on 30 November 1863 aged 56. Almost a decade later his wife. Maryanna with family left Bojary for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston, 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872.


Thomas Carl, Francis David, Bernard, Mary Ellen, Julianna (nee Guzińska), Martin Paul, Martha, Thomas & Agnes Anna Gdanitz. Hampden Ca. 1892. kindly provided by Olive J. R. McDougall.

Listed aboard was—Maria Gdanitz 54, Maria 21, Julianna 18 & Whilhelmina 15. They settled in Cumberland Street, Dunedin and for a time in the district of Pine Hill, overlooking the city. Marianna died on 2 January 1897 aged 79 at her residence, 3 Frederick Street and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.

Maria Gdaniec married on 27 May 1873 at St. Joseph’s, Dunedin to widower, Julius Stanislaus Byszewski (1840-1919) Wędkowy. Family—Dunedin; Francis (1874-1882), Minnie (1875-1882), Martha (1877-1882), Albert Joseph (1879-1934) & Julius Francis (1884-1918). During the night of 22 February 1882 there was a tragic fire in their two-storey home in Smith Street. The fire claimed the lives of the three eldest and also that of their 12 year old nephew, Thomas Kreft. Marianna survived the ordeal and died a widow in Dunedin on 1 October 1943 aged 91 at the Little Sisters of the Poor and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.

Julia Gdaniec married on 25 June 1873 at St. Joseph’s, Dunedin to Karl Herman Trangott Pistor (1851) Elmshorn. Family—Carl Phillippe Heinrich (1874-1945) & Minnie (1875-1963).  Julianna died at Gisborne on 3 March 1913 aged 59 and is buried at the Makaraka Cemetery.

Gdanitz home at Hampden. Kindly provided by Olive J. R. McDougall

Wilhelmina Gdaniec married on 2 April 1887 at Mary of the Angels, Wellington to Frederick Meyer (1861-1941) Limerick, the son of Frederick Meyer & Catherine Cummins. Family—Theodore Martin (1888-1967), Veronia Magdalene (1892-1962), Roland Albert (1895-1969), Adrian Noel (1897-1980) & Zita Rosalie (1905-1983). Wilhelmina died at Christchurch on 17 June 1940 aged 80 and is buried at the Bromley Cemetery.

Thomas Gdanitz. Kindly provided by Frank Gdanitz

Thomas Gdaniec married on 15 September 1872 at St. Barbara, Kokoszkowy to Julianna Guzińska (1849-1915) Wałdówko, the daughter of Thomas Guziński (1803) & Maryanna Madrzejewska (1806). Family—Bojary; Joseph (1873-1873). Here they left for Hamburg where they set aboard the Reichstag on 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 6 August 1874. Listed aboard was—Thomas Gedanitz 27 & Juliana 25. They settled at Pine Hill, Dunedin where Thomas was employed as a farm labourer. Family—Dunedin; Bernard (1874-1947), Frank David (1876-1918), Martha (1878-1935), Thomas Carl (1880-1970) & Martin Paul (1883-1948). Around 1883 the family left Dunedin and settled in Hampden where Thomas purchased a small farm and became a dairy farmer. He established a large orchard as an added income for the family and.here the rest of the family was born—Mary Ellen (1885-1918) & Agnes Anna (1890-1952). Thomas and Julianna were naturalised as New Zealand citizens on 23 November 1892. In May of 1894, Hampden saw the opening of the new Catholic Church, St Mary, Star of the Sea which Thomas aided in its building and fitting. In 1901, Interested in public affairs, Thomas Gdanietz was elected onto the Hampden Borough Council as a member of the Works Committee. Julianna died on 14 November 1914 aged 66 & Thomas died on 6 September 1933 aged 85. Both are buried at the Hampden Cemetery.



Gdanitz Julianna & Thomas Headstone

Thomas & Julia Gdanitz, Row I Plot 155, Hampden Cemetery


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

Research Sources

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.

Gdanitz Kevin, Kaiapoi, supplied photos, documents & compiled family information.

McDougall Olive J. R., supplied photos & family information.

Godziszewo & Skarszewy Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Naturalisations, Births, Deaths and Marriages.


Bromley Cemetery – Wilhelmina Ada Meyer (1860-1940) – Christchurch City Council Cemeteries (christchurchcitylibraries.com)

Hampden Cemetery – Thomas Gdanitz (1847-1933) – Find A Grave Memorial

Makaraka Cemetery – Julia Pistor (1854-1919) – Gisborne District Council (gdc.govt.nz)

Mary Danitz, Roman Catholic Block 24 Plot 1A, Southern Cemetery

Southern Cemetery – Mary Bischefski (1852-1943) – Dunedin City Council

Southern Cemetery – Mary Danitz (1817-1897) – Dunedin City Council






Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)