Gurzyński, Jozef, Labourer, (1841-1909) Zajączkowo, the son of Piotr Gurzyński (1812-1847) & Franciszka Ciesielska (1815-1882), married on 12 September 1866 at Church of the Holy Cross, Tczew, to Anna Katarzyna Klass (1845-1923) Klępiny, the daughter of Jan Franciszek Klass (1817-1899) & Apollonia Buca (1821-1889). Family—Sliwiny; Franciszek Bernhard (1867-1946), Mieścin; Jan Andrzej (1868-1880) & Sliwiny; Franciszka Rozalie (1870). They left Mieścin for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872.
Listed aboard were—Joseph Gurczinski 31, Anna 27, Franz 5, Johann 4, & Francisca 2. The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. Here they settled where the rest of the family were born— Bernard (1873-1954), Rose (1875-1953), Alexander August (1877-1963), Joseph (1879-1939), Peter Paul (1881-1973), Annie (1883), Mary (1885), Thomas (1886), Antony (1887) & James (1889). The 82’ Freeholders lists Joseph as owning 80 acres to the value of £280 at Greytown. Joseph, a farmer, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 14 November 1893 and died on 6 July 1909 aged 67. Anna died on 28 September 1923 aged 78 and both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Josephs’ brother, Martin Gurzyński (1836-1926) & family arrived in New Zealand aboard the Fritz Reuter in 1875 and settled at Norsewood, Hawkes bay in the North Island.
Franz (Frank) Bernard Gorinski married on 19 September 1898 at Invercargill to Eliza Ann Gibbs (1880-1959). 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 Invercargill Eastern Cemetery.
Johann (John) Andreas Gorinski died on 12 September 1880 at Greytown aged 11 and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.
Francisca Rosalia Gurzyńska is believed to have died aboard the Palmerston in 1872 aged 2.
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)