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Haftka, Jan Michal, Labourer, (1849-1914) of Waćmierz, the son of Jakob Haftka (1823-1852) & Maryanna Kasper (1824), married on 17 November 1872 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to Franciszka Jabłońska (1850-1937) Swarożyn, the daughter of Filip Jabłoński (1818-1878) & Maryanna Michalowska (1823-1866). Family—Swarożyn; Maryanna Rozalia (1872-1873) & Gorzędziej; Rozalia (1873-1952). They left Gorzędziej for Hamburg where they set aboard the Terpsichore on 15 November 1875, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 18 March 1876.

Halfka Cottage, Maitland

Listed aboard were—Johann Haftka 25, Frederika (Francisca) 25 & Rosalie 2. During the journey, Joseph was born on 25 January 1876. Also on board ship was the family of Pawel Haftka from Gniszewo who settled in the Carterton region in the North Island. Johann & Paul were most probably cousins as Pawel (1831) Brzuśce was the son of Katarzyna Haftka. Johann & family travelled south to the settlement of Germantown, where a number of fellow countrymen were working on various railway works. Here they had the rest of their family—Catherine (1878-1936), Agnes (1881-1945), John (1883-1954), Anna (1885-1982), Martha Elizabeth (1888-1941), Nelly (1890) & Barbara (1892). In 1896 the children were first day pupils at the Maitland school. Johann in New Zealand, worked for a time as a farmer, worked on the Star dredge and carted coal. He was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 13 May 1902, a farmer in the Waikaka Valley. In 1914 the family sold their property on Newman Road to Elizabeth Olsen and purchased a neighbouring property on the south side of what was later named Olsen Road. The property remained in the Halfka family until their son, Joseph Halfka, sold to Mr. L. Symons in 1952. John died on 1 October 1914 at Maitland aged 64 & Frances died on 23 July 1937 at Maitland aged 86. Both are buried at the Gore Cemetery.

John & Frances Halfka, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand

Rosalie Halfka married on.2 June 1896 at Church of the Blessed Sacrement, Gore to Thomas Augustin Bielicki (1873-1939) Waćmierz, the son of Johan Jacob Bielicki & Catharina Francisca Jabłońska. Family; Thomas August (1897-1957), Frank (1899-1969), Joseph (1901-1947), Martin (1903-1965), Eveline Annie (1907)) & James (1915). Rosalie died on 13 August 1952 aged 78 and is buried at the Invercargill Eastern Cemetery.

John & Frances Halfka, Catholic Block 48 Plot 11, Gore Cemetery


Evans Allister, Waikaka Saga: the history of Waikaka, Greenvale, Wendon Valley and the Waikaka gold field, Christchurch 2009, pages 65 & 79.

Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 61, 168 & 196.

Research Sources

Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973, FamilySearch.

Barnett Jenny NZROHA, supplied family information.

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton; Baptism Register.

Lubiszewo Tczewskie & Subkowy Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

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Thomas Belesky & Rose (nee Haftka), Roman Catholic Block 8 Plot 120, Invercargill Eastern Cemetery

New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Naturalisations, Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Schluter Sandra, Dunedin, supplied family information & photos.

Walsh John, Masterton, supplied extensive history of Prussia, family history & family documents (1998).


Gore Cemetery – Frances Halfka (1850-1937) » Gore District Council (goredc.govt.nz)

Gore Cemetery, John Halfka (1849-1914) » Gore District Council (goredc.govt.nz)

Invercargill Eastern Cemetery – Rose Belesky (1873-1952) – Invercargill City Council (icc.govt.nz)


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)