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Jurczyńska Family


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Jurczyńska, Maria Servant, (1855-1918), West Prussia m. (23 Nov 1875) Milton, Richard Hugh Todd Dundee. Maria or Mary as she was known in New Zealand was with her twin brother when they were on their way to New Zealand during the mid 1870’s. Unfortunately her brother was hijacked off the ship and into the German Army. Mary’s parents both died prior to their embarking, her father killed & mother during childbirth. When the couple married, it is believed they lived in a tent beside the railway lines for a time. Richard possibly worked on the railways as one of Brodgens navvies been brought out from England. Later the family moved to High St, Ravensbourne, Dunedin, where Richard worked as a labourer & Mary raised their family—Robert (1876-1927), Sarah Ann (1878-1925), Mary (1879-1939), Elizabeth (1880-1959), Rose (1882-1903), John (1884-1959) & Frank (1889-1947). Mary died 13 Aug 1918 aged 63 and is buried alongside her husband and family at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.


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

Email: mariopol4545@gmail.com


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