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Jankowski Family


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Jankowski, Franciszek, Small Farmer, (1827-1886) Kokoszkowy, the son of Ignacy Jankowski (1796) & Anna Felchner (1794-1847), married on 18 November 1856 at St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Matilda Ellendt (1834-1871) Jelen, the daughter of Jozef Ellendt (1792-1842) & Anna Neumann (1800-1857). Family—Smoląg; Angelika (1857-1859), Zblewo; Juliusz (1860-1887), Franciszek Jan (1862-1862) & Maryanna (1863), Siwiałka; Franciszka (1866) & Apollonia (1869-1870). Matilda died on 10 May 1871 at Siwiałka. Franciszek then married on 14 January 1872 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Nowa Cerkiew to Rozalia Wiśniewska (1845-1914) Pólko, the daughter of Jakob Wiśniewski (1815-1851) & Anna Jankowska (1817). The family left Siwiałka for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872.

Listed aboard were—Franz Jankowski 43, Rosalia 25, Julius 9, Maria 8 & Francisca 7. The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. He acquired crown grant land at Waihola on 11 October 1878. Here Franz & Rosalia had two children—Rosella Julianna (1877-1915) & Franz (1879).

A fire occurred at Waihola yesterday morning by which the cottage of a Pole, named Franz Yankowski, was destroyed. This is the second time this unfortunate foreigner has been burned out, for in June, 1877, his cottage at the Glen was destroyed, upon which occasion he was insured for £250. He then removed to Waihola, where fire has again followed him; but he has the consolation of having his two-roomed cottage and its contents insured for £150.” 12 Jun 1880, ODT.

After a run of bad luck the family migrated to Melbourne, Australia in the early 1880s.  Here they had the rest of the family—Theresa (1884) & Ellen Jane (1886-1886). Franz died in West Hotham, Melbourne in 1886 aged 59.  The Police Gazette of Victoria in May of 1898 reported a Rose Jankowska, a weaver of 186 Roden Street, West Melbourne, who reported stolen jewelry from her residence. Rosalia died on 23 September 1933 and is buried at the Footscray General Cemetery, Melbourne.

Julius Jankowski died in West Melbourne in 1887 aged 26.

Maria Jankowska married in 1881 in Dunedin to Louis Coleman Lawrence (1857-1904). Family—Francis (1882), Edith Marie (1884-1969), Dora Isabel (1886) & Louis Edward (1889-1952). The family migrated to Australia in the mid 1880s.

Francisca Jankowska possibly died aboard the Palmerston in 1872.



Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, page 22.

Research Sources

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

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara O Te Kawanatanga; Land Records.

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

Bobowo, Godziszewo, Kokoszkowy, Nowa Cerkiew, Piaseczno & Zblewo Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

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


Footscray General Cemetery – Rosella Jankowska (1845-1933) – Find A Grave Memorial

Papers Past (natlib.govt.nz)


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)