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Jurczyńska Family


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Richard Todd & Mary (nee Jurczynska), Roman Catholic Block 17 Plot 7, Southern Cemetery

Jurczyńska, Maria Servant, (1855-1918), West Prussia married on 23 November 1875 at Milton to 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 Brogdens 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 on 13 August 1918 aged 63 and is buried alongside her husband and family at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.

Research Sources

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

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

Woodley Alan K, supplied documents & family information.


Southern Cemetery – Mary Todd (1856-1918) – Dunedin City Council


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)