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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 daugher 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.

 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 Brodgen & 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.

Josephs’ brother, Martin Gurzyński (1836-1926) & family arrived in New Zealand aboard the “Fritz Reuter” in 1875 settling 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.

Joseph Gurzinski

Anna Katarzyna Gurzynska (nee Klass)

​Photos kindly provided by Mrs. Kathleen Gorinski.



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

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