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Orłowski, August Carpenter, Small Farmer (1840-1930) Pszczółki, m. (17 Oct 1869) St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo, Franciszka Paulina Anis (1849-1939) Szczerbięcin, the daughter of Szymon Anis & Regina Demer. Family—Trzcińsk; Franciszek (1870-1872) & Maria (1872-1952). They left Trzcińsk for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Palmerston” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872. Listed aboard was—August Orlowski 32, Francisca 22, Franz 2 & Maria 1 mth. It is believed Franciszek died aboard the “Palmerston”. The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brodgen & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. By mid July, August purchased sections 8 & 9 of block 22 of Waihola where they had the rest of the family—Martha (1875), Annie (1876), August Joseph (1878-1963), John Andrew (1880-1971), Bernard (1882), James (1884-1970), Alexander (1885), Michael Francis (1889) & Fanny Clara (1891-1980). The 82’ Freeholders, lists August owning 3 acres to the value of £220 at Waihola. August, a carpenter, was naturalised 13 Jun 1887 at Waihola. AUGUST ORLASKI V. FRANK JANKOWSKI. Claim, £5 5s, balance due on building contract. Mr. Reid for plaintiff, Mr. Taylor for defendant. Plaintiff deposed that in December last he was employed by defendant to build a house, nothing being said as to the rate of wages. He completed the contract, which took 34½ days, and he charged 12s per day. The defendant had paid him £23 13s, leaving a balance of £5 5s still due. The defendant stated that he engaged the plaintiff to do the work at 9s per day, and that the payment of £23 13s was given as payment in full. This evidence having been corroborated by a disinterested witness, Mr. Reid intimated to the Court, that he could not ask for a verdict in favour of his client. His Worship expressed himself that the evidence was conclusivein favour of defendant, and gave judgment accordingly, with 10s 6d professional costs. 25 Jul 1879. Mr. A Orlowski, of Waihola, sustained a fracture of the leg last week through a log rolling upon it. He was conveyed to the hospital. 4 Sep 1888, BH. In 1899, August helped do the major work on the building of the Catholic Church, “St. Hyacinth”, and doing any repairs on his own accord when required. In appreciation of the work that had been done to the church, the Parish presented August with a bible, which is still in the family today. It is also noted that August helped build the Waihola Hall and was regarded as a wonderful tradesman of the old class. He had only a few basic tools and no modern machinery. August also tried his hand at farming and it is believed that his sister Annie and himself wanted to buy some land but were turned down by the council because there was an abundance of fire-wood on it. In 1921 August Orlowski (son of the original builder) presented to the church of “St Hyacinth” a water-font made of Oamaru stone. Descendants of Bernard (1882), also known as Bertrum, go by the family name Luskie. The story goes that Bertrum was cutting off pine saplings in the forest near Waihola in the company of his father, August, and one of his sons. Bertrum was busy axing away, obviously not taking too much care, when August said that he better take care or else he will lose his hand. Not taking much notice, he accidently cut off a couple of fingers from his left hand. With that August burst out laughing, seeing only the funny side. Bertrum stomped off and with that he changed his religion & name to Luskie. August died 25 Jun 1930 aged 90 & Fanny died 20 Oct 1939 aged 90. Both are buried at the Waihola Cemetery.

Maria Orłowska m. (27 Jun 1893) House of Mrs Wisnesky, Waihola, Robert Henry Anderson (1873-1943) Dunedin. Family—Jim, May, Isabella & Arthur. Robert died at Dunedin 25 Jan 1943 and Maria died at Dunedin 16 Mar 1952 aged 79. Both are buried at the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin.

Orłowski, Johann (1844-1927) Pszczółki, the son of Joseph Alexander Orłowski & Bridget Parobkowicz, m. (06 Nov 1870) St. John Nepomuncen, Godziszewo, Anna Josephina Maślak (1843-1925) Dalwin, the daughter of Johann Maślak & Marianna Żynda. Prior to marriage Anna gave birth to three children but all died as infants—Miłobądz; Clara (1865-1866), Joseph (1867-1868) & Child (1869-1869). Johann & Ann had their first child—Klein Turze; Maria (1871-1963). They left Klein Turze for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Palmerston” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872. Listed aboard were—Johann Orlowski 28, Anna 29 & Maria 1. The family were sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brodgen & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. They soon moved to Waihola and had a further five children—Voleska (Lucy) (1873-1949), Francis (1875-1952), Julia (1879), Minnie (1881-1946) & Lewis (1883-1958). It is believed one the houses they lived in stood at the Milburn Lime Works. The 82’ Freeholders lists Johan owning 1 acre to the value of £120. Johann, a labourer residing at Waihola, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 13 Jun 1887. With the opening of the Catholic Church, “St. Hyacinth” in 1899, Johann gifted four large silver candlestick holders and is believed to have made the two milking stools. Johann & Anna later moved south to Milton where they retired. Anna died 24 May 1925 aged 82 & Johann died 22 Dec 1927 aged 82. Both are buried at the Fairfax Cemetery, Milton.

Maria Orłowska m. Arthur Harrington. Family—Maggie, Jessie, Mary, Arthur, George & Josephine She r.m. (10 Aug 1905) St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Dunedin, Richard William Anderton. Family—Hector & Dorothy. Maria died at Wingatui 23 Aug 1963 aged 92 and is buried at the East Taieri Cemetery.

Orłowski, Joseph Alexander (1813-1895) Małżewo, the son of Vincent Orłowski & Catharine Szulc, m. (05 Oct 1834) St. Margaret, Miłobądz, Bridget Parobkiewicz (1814-1906) Czarlin, the daughter of Michael Parobkiewicz & Anna Wodkowska. Family—Pszczółki; Anna Maria (1837-1910), August (1840-1930), Marianna (1842-1843) & Johann (1844-1927), Skowarcz; Vincent Valentin (1847-1848), Maria Rosalia (1849-1857), died in Liniewko, & Joseph (1852-1934). Joseph & Bridget left Elganowo for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Friedeburg” 10 May 1875, arriving at the Port of Napier, Hawke’s Bay, 24 Aug 1875. Listed aboard were—J. Orlowski 62 & Catharina 55. They travelled south to Waihola where family had settled. Bridget was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 26 Sep 1900 residing at Waihola. Joseph died 9 Aug 1895 aged 82 & Bridget died 26 Jun 1906 aged 92. Both are buried at the Waihola Cemetery.

Orłowski, Joseph (1852-1934) Skowarcz, the son of Joseph Alexander Orłowski & Bridget Parobkowicz, arrived at Glasgow, Scotland, where he boarded the “Oamaru” 24 Oct 1877, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin 13 Jan 1878. Listed aboard was—Joseph Orlowski 25. He travelled south to Waihola where family resided. Joseph m. (09 Oct 1880) St. Mary’s, Milton, Pauline Philipowski (1858-1946) Sobowidz, the daughter of Johann Philipowski & Rosalie Grabowska. While residing at Waihola they had the following children—Victoria (1881-1972), Rose (1882-1967), Edward Adolph (1885-1969), Ignatius Joseph (Arthur Joseph Taylor) (1887-1939) & Bernard (1889-1934). Joseph, a labourer, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 13 Jun 1887 residing at Waihola. The family later migrated to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia where they lived out their remaining years. Joseph arrived in Victoria in July 1888 aboard the “Tarawera”, with the rest of the family arriving sometime later. Here they had two sons—Northcote; Daniel O’Connell (1891-1943) & Trentham; John (1893-1936). It is believed here Joseph had a B.S.A. bicycle franchise and his son Ignatius ran one in Auckland. Joseph died at Essendon, Melbourne 17 Sep 1934 aged 82 and was noted as a sculptor. Pauline died in South Melbourne 14 May 1946 aged about 88 years and both are buried at the Hiedleberg Cemetery, Melbourne.

August Orlowski.

Johan & Anna Orlowski, Lucy Stewart, Rose, Denis Hassett

Franciscka Orlowski (nee Annis) & Bertrand.


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