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Gręca, Marcin (1825-1896) Małe Turze, the son of Jozef Gręca & Florentina Zurawska, m. (16 Nov 1851) St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo, Maryanna Anis (1826-1880) Sobowidz, the daughter of Szymon Anis & Regina Demmer. I was unable to locate any children. They left Turze Wielkie for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Reichstag” 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington, 6 Aug 1874.

Listed aboard were—Martin Grenz 44, Marianna 44 & Anna 9. Anna (1864) Godziszewo, was possibly a niece, the daughter of Paul Gręca & Rosalia Stolc. They travelled south to Waihola to join with family there where Martin purchased section 16 of block 19 at Waihola, 21 Nov 1876. Here Marianna died 15 Aug 1880 aged 53 and is buried at the Waihola Cemetery. Martin moved to Greytown where he purchased sections 1 & 2, block 11 on 1 Mar 1881. Martin r.m. (27 Mar 1881) Church of Immaculate Conception, East Taieri, Mary Frawley, Ireland, the daughter of Patrick Frawley & Bridget Hayes. He was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 14 Nov 1893, a gardener, residing at Greytown. Martin died in 1896 aged 71 and both Martin & Mary are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.

Anna Grenz while residing in Dunedin had a child; James Frederick (1881-1881) but died one month old and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin. She m. (25 Dec 1889) Knox Church, Dunedin, William Robertson MacDonald (1859-1939) Glasgow, the son of James MacDonald & Jane Robertson. Family—¬Port Chalmers; Agnes Robertson (1890-1954) & James Martin (1893). The family also lived in Dunedin and later moved to Christchurch where William is buried at the Bromley Cemetery.



The Polish Government is offering financial assistance, by way of a ‘one-off payment’ grant, to Poles repressed or deported to Siberia or living in the Eastern regions of Poland during the period of 1936 – 1956. 

In order to qualify for this grant, one must be a Polish citizen, holding a Polish passport and, must be a retired serviceman/woman.

For further information kindly contact:

Professor Krzysztof Pawlikowski:   Mobile: 022 044 6075         Email: kryspawli@gmail.com


Marian Ceregra:   Land Line: (04) 972 4545

Email: mariopol4545@gmail.com


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