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Jozef Maciej Kreft, a small farmer, (b. 1842–d. 1916) was born at Bolesławowo on 06 March 1842, the son of Jan Kreft (b. abt. 1815) and Anna Tysarczyk (b. abt. 1818).  Jozef married on 5 November 1865 at St. John Nepomuncen in Godziszewo to Rozalia Gdaniec (b. 24 January 1845 at Rościszewko–d. 1916), the daughter of Marcin Gdaniec (b. 1807–d. 1863) and Maryanna Bławat (b. abt. 1817–d. 1897). The family born at Godziszewo were: Anna Teresa (b. 1866–d. 1943), at Golębiewko; Tomasz (b. 1869–d. 1882), at Bojary; Paulina (b. 1870). They left the village of Bojary for Hamburg where they set sail aboard the Palmerston on 28 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers near Dunedin on 6 December 1872

Minnie, Joseph, Rosalia (nee Gdaniec), Joseph Mathias Snr., Frank David and Martin Albert Kreft, courtesy of Mr. I. Kreft

Listed aboard were: Joseph Kreft age 30, Rosalia 26, Anna 6, Thomas 4, and Pauline 1. Also on board were Rosalia’s mother and extended family. The family first resided in the Dunedin area, as did Rosalie’s brother, Thomas Gdanietz. They established their home high on the outskirts of the city at Pine Hill where Joseph worked as a dairy farmer. The family born at Pine Hill were: Charles (b. 1873), Joseph (b. 1874–d. 1960), Bernard (b. 1876–d. 1964), Wilhelmina (b. 1878–d. 1956), John Frank (b. 1880–d. 1881), William Ernest (b. 1881–d. 1883), Frank David (b. 1883–d. 1965) and Martin Albert (b. 1885–d. 1965). On 25 September 1888, Joseph Kreft purchased four properties in Allanton where they lived out their retirement. Joseph worked as a labourer and was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 14 November 1893. Rosalia died on 15 June 1916 aged 71 and Joseph died shortly after on 18 September aged 74. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.

Joseph, Rosalie and Martin Kreft at home in Allanton, courtesy of Mr. I. Kreft

Anna Teresa Kreft was born at Godziszewo on 22 November 1866.  She married on 26 November 1892 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Dunedin to William Cromar (b. 1856–d. 1929) of Russia. The family were: Carl Joseph (b. 1894–d. 1894), Paulinea Rosalia Adelaide (b. 1894), Orrel William Thomas (b. 1896–d. 1988) and Cyril Francis (b. 1898–d. 1919).  William died on 28 July 1929 and Anna died on 29 November 1943 aged 77.  They both passed away in Dunedin and are buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery.

Thomas Kreft was born at Golębiewko on 06 January 1869.  He attended Christian Brothers school at Dunedin and died on 22 February 1882 aged thirteen. Thomas was staying overnight at the home of his uncle Julius and aunt Marianna Byszewski (nee Kreft), at Smith Street, Dunedin, due to bad weather. During the night of February 22, the house caught fire and claimed the lives of Thomas and three of his Byszewski cousins. Thomas is buried alongside his cousins at the Southern Cemetery in Dunedin.

Pauline Kreft, who was two years old at the time, may have died on the journey out.

Joseph and Rosalie Kreft, Catholic Block Plot 44 at Allanton Cemetery, courtesy of Paul Klemick

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.

Thomas Kreft, Roman Catholic Block 41 Plots 12 & 13 at Southern Cemetery, courtesy of Paul Klemick

Godziszewo & Skarszewy Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

Kreft Mr. I., Andersons Bay, Dunedin, supplied family photos (1998).

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


Allanton Cemetery – Joseph Kreft (1842-1916) – Dunedin City Council

Allanton Cemetery – Rosalie Kreft (1845-1916) – Dunedin City Council

Kreft Grave at Allanton Cemetery, courtesy of Paul Klemick


William Cromar and Anna (nee Kreft), Block 69 Plot 119 at Andersons Bay Cemetery in Dunedin

Andersons Bay Cemetery – Anna Cromar (1866-1943) – Dunedin City Council

Papers Past (natlib.govt.nz)

Southern Cemetery – Thomas Kreft (1869-1882) – Dunedin City Council





Compiled by Paul Klemick (2022)