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Klass (Formela), Jan Franciszek, Small Farmer, (1817-1899) Klobuczewo, the son of Maryanna Formela, m. (22 Nov 1841) St. Jakuba, Kłodawa, Apollonia Buca (1821-1889) Postołowo, the daughter of Filip Buca & Anna Maza. Family—Klępiny; Katarzyna Maryanna (1843-1845), Postołowo; Anna Katarzyna (1845-1923), Sobowidz; Julianna Albertyna (1848-1849) & Paulina (1850), Małe Turze; Jan (1854-1857), Barbara (1857-1857) & Rozalia (1858-1947), Unknown; Franciszka (1860-1869) & Sliwiny; Jozef (1866). As daughters, Anna & Paulina, had migrated to New Zealand, it was thought better for Rozalia to be with her sisters in case something happened to them. They left Mieścin for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Fritz Reuter” 16 Dec 1874, arriving at the Port of Napier 18 Mar 1875.

Listed aboard were—Johann Klass 57, Paulina 53, & Rosalia 16. They travelled south to the settlement of Greytown where they resided until their remaining years. Apollonia (Paulina) died 27 Dec 1889 at Greytown aged 68 & Johann died at the Dunedin Hospital 22 Apr 1899 aged 81. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Rosalia Klass m. (18 Jul 1876) Church of the Immaculate Conception, East Taieri, John Black (1838-1920) Ireland. Family—Allanton; John, Rosa, Annie, Annie Jane, James, Evangeline Mary, Joseph, Martha, Madgalene Pollina, Lucy & Herbert William. John was postmaster and shopkeeper at Allanton and died in Dunedin 11 Oct 1920. Rosalia died in Dunedin 21 Sep 1947 aged 89. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.



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

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