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Klukowski Family


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Klukowski, Jan Tomasz (1845-1897) Małżewo, the son of Pawel Klukowski (1812-1868) & Katarzyna Lomanska (1816), married on 30 June 1872 at Church of the Holy Cross, Tczew to Franciszka Tykowska (1847-1884) Rajkowy, the daughter of Franciszek Tykowski (1821-1852) & Maryanna Narzyńska (1825-1866). Family—Kolnik; Franciszek (1874-1875). They left Kolnik for Hamburg where they set aboard the Terpsichore on 15 November 1875, along with Franciszka’s brother, Franciszek Tykowski and his young family, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 18 March 1876.

John & Christina Klukofsky.

Listed aboard were—Johann Klukowski 31 & 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. Here they had the rest of the family—John (1878-1950), Veronica Francisca (1880-1959) & Agnes (1882-1966). Francesca (Cissy) died on 4 August 1884, aged 36 and is buried at the Gore Cemetery. John then married on 25 September 1884 at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Gore to Eva (Christina) Augustina Baumgardt (1864-1890) Gołczewo, the daughter of Paul Baumgardt (1833-1923) & Anna Fliss (1844-1908). 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 Invercargill Eastern Cemetery.



Francesca Klukosky, Catholic Block 47 Plot 15, Gore CemeteryReferences


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, Page 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 (2021)