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Jankowski Family


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Franciszek Jankowski, a small farmer, (b. 1827–d. 1886) was born at Kokoszkowy on 03 May 1827, the son of Ignacy Jankowski (b. 1796) and Anna Felchner (b. 1794–d. 1847). Franciszek married on 18 November 1856 at St. Jan Nepomuncen in Godziszewo to Matilda Ellendt (b. 28 January 1833 at Jelen–d. 1871), the daughter of Jozef Ellendt (b. 1792–d. 1842) and Anna Neumann (b. 1800–d. 1857). The family born at Smoląg were: Angelika (b. 1857–d. 1859), at Zblewo; Juliusz (b. 1860–d. 1887), Franciszek Jan (b. 1862–d. 1862) and Maryanna (b. 1863), at Siwiałka; Franciszka (b. 1866–d. 1872) and Apollonia (b. 1869–d. 1870). Matilda died on 10 May 1871 at Siwiałka. Franciszek then remarried on 14 January 1872 at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in Nowa Cerkiew to Rozalia Wiśniewska (b. 04 May 1845 at Pólko–d. 1914), the daughter of Jakob Wiśniewski (b. 1815–d. 1851) and Anna Jankowska (b. 1817). The family left Siwiałka for Hamburg where they set sail aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers near Dunedin on 6 December 1872.


Listed aboard were: Franz Jankowski age 43, Rosalia 25, Julius 9, Maria 8 and Francisca 7. The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden and Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. Frank soon acquired a considerable amount of crown grant land at Waihola on 11 October 1878 where he could lay out his property. The family born at Waihola were: Rosella Julianna (b. 1877–d. 1915) and Frank (b. 1879–d. 1930).

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.” Otago Daily Times, 12 Jun 1880

After a run of bad luck, the family migrated to Melbourne, Australia during the early 1880s.  The family born at Melbourne were: Theresa Veronica (b. 1884–d. 1965) and Ellen Jane (b. 1886–d. 1886). Franz died in West Hotham, Melbourne in 1886 aged 59.  The Police Gazette of Victoria in May of 1898 states a Rose Jankowska, a weaver of 186 Roden Street at West Melbourne, reported stolen jewelry from her residence. Rosalia died on 23 September 1933 and is buried at the Footscray General Cemetery, Melbourne.

Juliusz Jankowski was born at Zblewo on 17 February 1860.  He died in West Melbourne in 1887 aged 26.

Maria Jankowska was born at Zblewo in May of 1863.  She married in 1881 in Dunedin to Louis Coleman Lawrence (b. 1857–d. 1904). The family were: Francis (b. 1882), Edith Marie (b. 1884–d. 1969), Dora Isabel (b. 1886) and Louis Edward (b. 1889–d. 1952). The family migrated to Yarrawonga in Victoria, Australia during the mid-1880s.

Franciszka Jankowska, who was six years old at the time, may have died on the journey out.



Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, p 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 (2022)