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Jankowski, Franciszek, Small Farmer, (1827-1886) Kokoszkowy, the son of Ignacy Jankowski & Anna Felchner, m. (18 Nov 1856) St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo, Matilda Ellendt (1834-1871) Jelen, the daughter of Jozef Ellendt & Anna Neumann. Family—Smoląg; Angelika (1857-1859), Zblewo; Juliusz (1860-1887), Franciszek Jan (1862-1862) & Maryanna (1863), Siwiałka; Franciszka (1866) & Apollonia (1869-1870). Matilda died at Siwiałka 10 May 1871 and Franciszek r.m. (14 Jan 1872) Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Nowa Cerkiew, Rozalia Wiśniewska (1845-1914) Pólko, the daughter of Jakob Wiśniewski & Anna Jankowska. The family left Siwiałka for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Palmerston” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 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 Brodgen & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. He acquired crown grant land at Waihola 11 Oct 1878. Here Franz & Rosalia had two children that we know of—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. During the early 1880’s they migrated to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, where they had—Theresa (1884) & Ellen Jane (1886-1886). Franz died in West Hotham, Melbourne in 1886 aged 59 & Rosalia died around 1915 in Victoria, Australia.
Julisus Jankowski died in Melbourne in 1887 aged 26.
Maria Jankowska m (1881) Dunedin, Louis Lawrence. Family—Francis & Edith Marie.
Francisca Jankowska possibly died aboard the “Palmerston”.


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:

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