Kąkol, Filip Jakob, Small Farmer, (1837-1918) Kaczki, the son of Franciszek Kąkol (1808-1883) & Barbara Paca (1810-1869), married on 8 September 1861 at St. Jakuba, Kłodawa to Brigitta Malecka (1834-1925) Subkowy, the daughter of Michal Malecki (1805-1874) & Kristyna Witting (1807-1852). Family—Trąbki Wielkie; Franciszka (1862-1868), Rościszewko; Anna Maria (1864-1864), Godziszewo; Rozalia (1865-1949), Stanisławie; Michal Jan (1868-1951), & Dąbrówka Tczewska; Maryanna (1871-1872). They left Dąbrówka-Tczewska for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872.
Listed aboard were—Philip Jacob Konkel 35, Brigita 38, Rosalia 7 & Michal 4. The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. Here they had two more children—August (1873-1929) & Frank (1875-1954). In Greytown, Philip bought sections 17, 18, 19 & 20 of Block 12 on 11 May 1880. The 82’ Freeholders lists Jacob as owning 1 acre to the value of £150 at Greytown. During 1883 the family sold their property to Friederich Teike and moved to Dunedin where they settled in the district of Pine Hill overlooking a grandeur view of the city. Here a small number of fellow countrymen where already residing. It is believed the family lived in a corrugated iron house in Cromley (Cowan?) Road near where the trig station is today. Philip, a bushman, sold wood and timber around Dunedin. Bridget’s younger sister Anna and husband Antoni Piernicki also left Greytown to reside at Pine Hill. Philip was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 18 May 1900 and Bridget was naturalised on 14 August 1899. Sons, August & Frank provided entertainment for the local district dances playing the fiddle and accordion. Philip died on 16 June 1918 aged 81 & Bridget died on 14 December 1925 aged 91. Both are buried in the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.
“A man named Philip Jacob Konkel, 82 years of age, died suddenly yesterday afternoon at his home, where he resided with his relatives, at Pine Hill. As he had not been attended by a doctor for at least 2 years, the Coroner was informed, and an inquest has been deemed necessary.” 17 Jun 1918, ODT. “An inquest was held at the Morgue yesterday into the circumstances attending the death of Philip Jacob Konkel, who died suddenly at his home at Pine Hill on Sunday afternoon. The enquiry was held before Mr. J. R. Bartholomew, S. M. (Coroner), and the police were represented by Senior Sergeant Murray. Evidence was given by Michael John Konkel, (son of deceased), and Dr. Evans. On Sunday afternoon the deceased, who was 81 years of age, was seized with a fainting turn, to which he had been subject for the last two years. He died very quickly. Two years ago he was attended by Dr. Batchelor for heart weakness. The medical evidence was to the effect that the cause of death was cardiac failure, due to senile decay. A verdict in accordance with the medical testimony was returned.” 18 Jun 1918, ODT.
Rosalia Konkel married on 15 September 1886 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Dunedin to Adolf Secher (b.1860). Family—Martha Magdalene (1887). She then married in.1896 to John William Alexander Barrowman. Rosalia died on 4 November 1949 aged 84 and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.
Michael John Konkel married on 29 September 1897 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Dunedin to Margaret Thompson Barrowman. Family—Francis Jacob (1898-1962), Agnes Winifred (1904-1978) & Margaret Mary (1906-1954). Michael, a labourer & wood carver, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 2 March 1909. Margaret died on 13 June 1945 and Michael died on 13 July 1951 aged 82. He is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.
Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, page 22.
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.
Godziszewo, Kłodawa, Konczewice, Lubiszewo Tczewskie, Subkowy & Trąbki Wielkie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.
Jenkins Karen, Portobello, supplied family information (1999).
New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Naturalisations, Births, Deaths and Marriages.
New Zealand Government Property Tax Department, from the rates assessment rolls, Return of Freeholders of New Zealand 1882, published 1884.
Compiled by Paul Klemck (2021)