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Gdaniec, (nee Bławat) Maryanna (1817-1897) of Bolesławowo, the daughter of Jozef Bławat & Maria Wilmer, m. (03 Sep 1842) St. Michal the Archangel, Skarszewy, widower, Marcin Gdaniec (1806-1863). 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 30 Nov 1863 aged 57. Maryanna & family left Bojary for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Palmerston”, 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872.

 Listed aboard was—Maria Gdanitz 54, Maria 21, Julianna 18 & Whilhelmina 15. They settled in Cumberland Street, Dunedin and at a time in the district of Pine Hill, overlooking the city. Marianna died 2 Jan 1897 aged 79 at her residence, 3 Frederick Street and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.
Maria Gdaniec m. (27 May 1873) St. Joseph’s, Dunedin, widower, Julius Stanislaus Byszewski (1840-1919) Wędkowy. Family—Dunedin; Francis, Minnie, Martha, Albert Joseph & Julius Francis. During the night 22 Feb 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 died 1 Oct 1943 aged 91 at the Little Sisters of the Poor and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.
Julianna Gdaniec m. (25 Jun 1873) St. Joseph’s, Dunedin, Karl Herman Trangott Pistor (1851) Elmshorn. Family—Carl Phillippe Heinrich & Minnie. Julianna died at Gisborne 3 Mar 1913 aged 59 and is buried at the Houhoupiko Cemetery.
Wilhelmina Gdaniec m. (2 Apr 1887) Mary of the Angels, Wellington, Frederick Meyer (1861-1941) Limerick, the son of Frederick Meyer & Catherine Cummins. Family—Theo, Vera, Rollo, Adrian & Zita. Wilhelmina died at Christchurch 17 Jun 1940 aged 80 and is buried at the Bromley Cemetery.
Gdaniec, Thomas (1848-1933) Rościszewko, the son of Martin Gdaniec & Marianna Bławat, m. (15 Sep 1872) St. Barbara, Kokoszkowy, Julianna Guzińska (1849-1915) Wałdówko, the daughter of Thomas Guziński & Marianna Madrzejewska. Family—Bojary; Joseph (1873-1873). Here they left for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Reichstag” 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington, 6 Aug 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. 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 23 Nov 1892. In May of 1894, Hampden saw the opening of the Catholic Church, “St Mary, Star of the Sea” in which Thomas aided in its building and fitting. In 1901, Thomas Gdanietz was elected onto the Hampden Borough Council as a member of the Works Committee. Julianna died 14 Nov 1914 aged 66 & Thomas died 6 Sep 1933 aged 85. Both are buried at the Hampden Cemetery.
Gdaniec, Jacob (1844) Dalwin, the son of Paul Gdaniec & Elisabeth Grabowska, left Lubizewo-Tzewskie for Hamburg where he set aboard the “Palmerston”, 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872. Listed aboard was—Jacob Gdanitz 28. Jacob invested in Crown Grant land in the North Harbour & Blueskin district in 1876 & left the area in 1883 for Greytown where he took up some property. In 1883 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.
Gdaniec, August Wilhelm (1846) Szczerbięcin, the son of Paul Gdaniec & Elisabeth Grabowska, left Friederchobey for Hamburg where he set aboard the “Humboldt” 19 Oct 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington, 28 Jan 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 11 Sep 1888. This is the last known account of August, residing at Greytown.

Information kindly provided by Frank Gdanitz & Olive J. R. McDougall.

Danitz Family kindly provided by Olive J. R. McDougall.



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