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Klukowski Family


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Jan Tomasz Klukowski (b. 1845–d. 1897) was born at Małżewo on 06 March 1845, the son of Pawel Klukowski (b. abt. 1812–d. 1868) and Katarzyna Lomanska (b. abt. 1816). Jan married on 30 June 1872 at the Church of the Holy Cross in Tczew to Franciszka Tykowska (b. 22 October 1847 at Rajkowy–d. 1884), the daughter of Franciszek Tykowski (b. abt. 1821–d. 1852) and Maryanna Narzyńska (b. 1825–d. 1866). The family born at Kolnik was: Franciszek (b. 1874–d. 1875). They left the village of Kolnik for Hamburg where they set sail aboard the Terpsichore on 15 November 1875, along with Franciszka’s brother, Franciszek Tykowski and his young family, arriving at Port Nicholson in Wellington on 18 March 1876. However it is interesting to find a later entry on their marriage record where the priest has noted Amerika.


John and Christina Klukofsky.

Listed aboard were: Johann Klukowski age 31 and Franciszka 28. They travelled south residing at Germantown (Waikaka Valley), where they joined fellow Poles working on the railway. Along from the coal reserve, John Klucofske built himself a house for his family and worked as a labourer after the railways. The family born at Germantown were: John (b. 1878–d. 1950), Veronica Francisca (b. 1880–d. 1959) and Agnes (b. 1882–d. 1966). Francesca (Cissy) died on 4 August 1884, aged 36 and is buried at the Gore Cemetery. John then remarried on 25 September 1884 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Gore to Eva (Christina) Augustina Baumgardt (b. 1864 at Gołczewo–d. 1890), the daughter of Paul Baumgardt (b. 1833–d. 1923) and Anna Fliss (b. 1844–d. 1908). Chistina died on 2 September 1890, aged 25 and is buried at the Gore Cemetery. John died on 2 March 1897 aged 51 and is buried at the Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill.


Francesca Klukosky, Catholic Block 47 Plot 15 at Gore Cemetery


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, page 31.

Research Sources

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.

Lubiszewo Tczewskie, Miłobądz, Parchowo, Rajkowy  & Tczew Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

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

Matarua Ensign, Issue 290, 1 June 1897, P 3

Patten Isabell, Australia, supplied photos, documents & information (2004).


Gore Cemetery – Christina Klukosky (1864-1890) » Gore District Council (goredc.govt.nz)

Gore Cemetery – Frances Klukosky (1847-1884) » Gore District Council (goredc.govt.nz)

Invercargill Eastern Cemetery – John Klukofsky (1845-1897) – Invercargill City Council (icc.govt.nz)


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2022)