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Kreft, Jozef Maciej, Small Farmer, (1842-1916) Bolesławowo, the son of Jan Kreft (1815) & Anna Tysarczyk (1818), married on 5 November 1865 at St. John Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Rozalia Gdaniec (1845-1916) Rościszewko, the daughter of Marcin Gdaniec (1807-1863) & Maryanna Bławat (1817-1897). Family—Godziszewo; Anna Teresa (1866-1943), Golębiewko; Tomasz (1869-1882), Bojary; Paulina (1870). They left Bojary for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 28 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872

Minnie, Joseph, Rosalia (nee Gdaniec), Joseph Mathias Snr., Frank David & Martin Albert Kreft. Kindly provided by Mr. I. Kreft

Listed aboard were—Joseph Kreft 30, Rosalia 26, Anna 6, Thomas 4, & Pauline 1. Also on board were Rosalia’s mother & 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. While residing here they had the rest of their family—Charles (1873), Joseph (1874-1960), Bernard (1876-1964), Wilhelmina (1878-1956), John Frank (1880-1881), William Ernest (1881-1883), Frank David (1883-1965) & Martin Albert (1885-1965). On 25 September 1888, Joseph Kreft purchased four properties in Greytown where they lived out their retirement. Joseph, a labourer, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 14 November 1893. Rosalia died on 15 June 1916 aged 71 & Joseph died shortly after on 18 September aged 74. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.

Joseph, Rosalie & Martin Kreft at home in Allanton. Kindly provided by Mr. I. Kreft

Anna Teresa Kreft married on 26 November 1892 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Dunedin to William Cromar (1856-1929) Russia. Family; Carl Joseph (1894-1894), Paulinea Rosalia Adelaide (1894), Orrel William Thomas (1896-1988) & Cyril Francis (1898-1919).  William died on 28 July 1929 and Anna died on 29 November 1943 aged 77. Both died at Dunedin and are buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery.

Thomas Kreft attended Christian Brothers school at Dunedin and died on 22 February 1882 aged 13. Thomas was staying overnight at the home of his Uncle Julius & Aunt Marianna Byszewski (nee Kreft), at Smith Street, Dunedin, due to bad weather. During the night of February 22 the house caught fire & claimed the life of Thomas and three of his Byszewski cousins. Thomas is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, along side his cousins.

Pauline Kreft is believed to have died in 1872 aboard the Palmerston aged 2.

Joseph & Rosalie Kreft, Catholic Block Plot 44, Allanton Cemetery, Taken by 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.

Bischefski children & Thomas Kreft, Roman Catholic Block 41 Plots 12 & 13, Southern Cemetery, 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, Allanton Cemetery. Taken by Paul Klemick


William Cromar & Anna (nee Kreft), Block 69 Plot 119, Andersons Bay Cemetery

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 (2021)