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Gurzyński Family


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Gurzyński, Jozef, Labourer, (1841-1909) Zajączkowo, the son of Piotr Gurzyński & Franciszka Cieszelska, m. (02 Sep 1866) St. Malgorzata Miłobądz, Anna Katarzyna Klass (1845-1923) Klępiny, the daughter of Jan Klass & Apollonia Buca. 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” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872.

Joseph Gorinski. Kindly provided by Kathleen Gorinski

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 14 Nov 1893 and died 6 Jul 1909 aged 67. Anna died 28 Sep 1923 aged 78 amd both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.

Anna Katarzyna Gurzynska (nee Klass). Kindly provided by Kathleen Gorinski

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 m. (19 Sep 1898) Invercargill, Eliza Ann Gibbs (1880-1959). His various occupations included; labourer, shepherd, surfaceman, platelayer and railway porter. Frank was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 30 Jan 1901. He died 23 Sep 1946 aged 79 and is buried at the Invercargill Eastern Cemetery.

Johann (John) Andreas Gorinski died 12 Sep 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.

John Gorinski, Roman Catholic, Block 43 Plot 20, Southern Cemetery


Allanton Cemetery – Annie Gorinski (1845-1923) – Dunedin City Council

Allanton Cemetery – Joseph Gorinski (1841-1909) – Dunedin City Council

Catholic Baptism Records, St. Joseph’s, Catholic Archives, Dunedin

Gorinski Kathleen, Mosgiel,  provided the above photos

Hamburg Passenger Lists

Gorinski Cottage, Allanton. Taken by Paul Klemick

Joseph & Annie Gorinski, Catholic Block Plot 16, Allanton Cemetery

Joseph & Annie Gorinski, Catholic Block Plot 16, Allanton Cemetery

Invercargill Eastern Cemetery – Frank Bernard Gorenski (1867-1946) – Invercargill City Council (icc.govt.nz)

New Zealand Freeholders 1882

New Zealand Naturalisations

Pobόg-Jaworowski J. W., History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, Warsaw, 1990, pages 22, 25,26, 168, 196 & 197

Polish BDM, Pelplin Archives

Southern Cemetery – John Glorinski (1868-1880) – Dunedin City Council

Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)