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Kąkol, Filip Jakob, Small Farmer, (1837-1918) Kaczki, the son of Franciszek Kąkol & Barbara Paca, m. (9 Sep 1861) St. Jakuba, Kłodawa, Brigitta Malecka (1834-1925) Subkowy, the daughter of Michal Malecki & Kristyna Witting. 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” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 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 Brodgen & 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 18 May 1900 and Bridget was naturalised 14 Aug 1899. Sons, August & Frank provided entertainment for the local district dances playing the fiddle and accordion. Philip died 16 Jun 1918 aged 81 & Bridget died 14 Dec 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 m. (15 Sep 1886) St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Dunedin, Adolf Secher (b.1860). Family—Martha Magdalene. She r.m. (1896) John William Alexander Barrowman. Rosalia died 4 Nov 1949 aged 84 and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.

Michael John Konkel m. (29 Sep 1897) St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Dunedin, Margaret Thompson Barrowman. Family—Francis Jacob, Margaret Mary & Agnes Winifred. Michael, a labourer & wood carver, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 2 Mar 1909. Margaret died 13 Jun 1945 and Michael died 13 Jul 1951 aged 82. He is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.

Rosalie Konkel.


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