Jozef Gurzyński, a labourer, (b. 1841–d. 1909) was born at Zajączkowo, the son of Piotr Gurzyński (b. 1812–d. 1847) and Franciszka Ciesielska (b. 1815–d. 1882). Jozef married on 12 September 1866 at Church of the Holy Cross in Tczew, to Anna Katarzyna Klass (b. 1845 at Klępiny–d. 1923), the daughter of Jan Franciszek Klass (b. 1817–d. 1899) and Apollonia Buca (b. 1821–d. 1889). The family born at Sliwiny were Franciszek Bernhard (b. 1867–d. 1946), at Mieścin; Jan Andrzej (b. 1868–d. 1880) and at Sliwiny; Franciszka Rozalie (b. 1870). The family left Mieścin for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers near Dunedin on 6 December 1872.
Listed aboard were—Joseph Gurczinski age 31, Anna 27, Franz 5, Johann 4 and Francisca 2. The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden and Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. The family born at Allanton were Bernard (b. 1873–d. 1954), Rose (b. 1875–d. 1953), Alexander August (b. 1877–d. 1963), Joseph (b. 1879–d. 1939), Peter Paul (b. 1881–d. 1973), Annie (b. 1883), Mary (b. 1885), Thomas (b. 1886), Antony (b. 1887) and James (b. 1889). According to the 1882’ Return of Freeholders, Joseph owned 80 acres at Allanton valued at £280. Joseph worked as a farmer and was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 14 November 1893. Joseph died on 6 July 1909 aged 67 and Anna died on 28 September 1923 aged 78. They are buried together at the Allanton Cemetery.
Josephs’ brother, Martin Gurzyński (b. 1836–d. 1926) and family arrived in New Zealand aboard the Fritz Reuter in 1875 and settled at Norsewood in the Hawkes Bay in the North Island.
Franz (Frank) Bernard Gorinski married on 19 September 1898 at Invercargill to Eliza Ann Gibbs (b. 1880–d. 1959). His various occupations included; labourer, shepherd, surfaceman, platelayer and railway porter. Frank was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 30 January 1901. He died on 23 September 1946 aged 79 and is buried at the Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill.
Johann (John) Andreas Gorinski died on 12 September 1880 at Greytown aged 11 and is buried at the Southern Cemetery in Dunedin.
Francisca Rosalia Gurzyńska who was two years old at the time, may have died on the journey out.
Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 22, 25,26, 168, 196 & 197.
Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973, FamilySearch.
Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton; Baptism Register.
Godziszewo, Miłobądz, Tczew & Trąbki Wielkie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.
Gorinski Kathleen, Mosgiel, provided the family portraits.
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.
Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)