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Orłowski, Jozef Aleksander (1813-1895) Małżewo, the son of Wincenty Orłowski (1772) & Katarzyna Szulc (1777), married on 5 October 1834 at St. Małgorzata, Miłobądz to Brigitta Parobkiewicz (1814-1906) Czarlin, the daughter of Michal Parobkiewicz (1775-1831) & Anna Wodkowska (1776-1836). Family—Pszczółki; Anna Maria (1837-1910), August (1840-1930), Maryanna (1842-1843) & Jan (1844-1927), Skowarcz; Wincenty Walenty (1847-1848), Maria Rozalia (1849-1857), died in Liniewko, & Jozef (1852-1934). In 1872 some of their children migrated abroad and ended up in New Zealand. Jozef & Brigitta left Elganowo for Hamburg where they set aboard the Friedeburg on 10 May 1875, arriving at the Port of Napier, Hawke’s Bay on 24 August 1875.

August Orlowski. Toitu Settlers Museum Collection

Listed aboard were—J. Orlowski 62 & Catharina (Bridget) 55. They travelled south to Waihola where family had settled. Bridget was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 26 September 1900 residing at Waihola. Joseph died on 9 August 1895 aged 82 & Bridget died on 26 June 1906 aged 92. Both are buried at the Waihola Cemetery.

August Jozef Orłowski, Carpenter, married on 17 October 1869 at St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Franciszka Paulina Anis (1849-1939) Szczerbięcin, the daughter of Szymon Anis (1798-1865) & Regina Demer (1804-1890). Family—Trzcińsk; Franciszek (1870-1872) & Maria (1872-1952). They left Trzcińsk for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, on 6 December 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 Brogden & 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 on 13 June 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 conclusive in 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, Bruce Herald.

Franciscka Orlowski (nee Annis) & Bertrum.

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 on 25 June 1930 aged 90 & Fanny died on 20 October 1939 aged 90. Both are buried at the Waihola Cemetery.

Maria Orłowska married on 27 June 1893 at the House of Mrs Wisnesky, Waihola to Robert Henry Anderson (1873-1943) Dunedin. Family; James George (1893), Margaretta May (1896-1916), Isabella Irene (1899-1968) & Arthur Alexander (1902). Robert died at Dunedin on 25 January 1943 and Maria died at Dunedin on 16 March 1952 aged 79. Both are buried at the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin.

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

Jan Orłowski  married on 6 November 1870 at St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Anna Jozefina Maślak (1843-1925) Dalwin, the daughter of Jan Maślak (1815) & Maryanna Żynda (1815). Prior to marriage Anna gave birth to three children but all died as infants—Miłobądz; Clara (1865-1866), Joseph (1867-1868) & Child (1869-1869). Jan & Ann had their first child—Klein Turze; Maria (1871-1963). They left Mały Turze for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872. Listed aboard were—Johann Orlowski 28, Anna 29 & Maria 1. The family were sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden & 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 on 13 June 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 on 24 May 1925 aged 82 & John died 22 December 1927 aged 82. Both are buried at the Fairfax Cemetery, Milton.

Maria Orłowska married on 20 March 1893 in Sydney to Arthur Thomas Harrington (1869-1903). Family—Margaret Minnie (1893-1970), Julia (1895-1896), Mary Katherine (1896), Arthur Thomas (1898-1982), George John (1901-1980) & Josephine (1902).   After the death of her husband Mary then married on 10 August 1905 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Dunedin to Richard William Anderton (1872-1946). Family—Hector Archibald (1905-1984), Dorothy Harriet (1907-2000) & Richard David (1909). Mary died at Wingatui on 23 August 1963 aged 92 and is buried at the East Taieri Cemetery.

August Joseph & Francisca Orlowski at Berwick 1904

Jozef Orłowski arrived at Glasgow, Scotland, where he boarded the Oamaru on 24 October 1877, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 13 January 1878. Listed aboard was—Joseph Orlowski 25. He travelled south to Waihola where family resided. Joseph married on 9 October 1880 at St. Mary’s, Milton to Pauline Philipowski (1858-1946) Sobowidz, the daughter of Jan Piotr Filipowski (1835-1899) & Rozalie Julianna Grabowska (1834-1908). 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 on 13 June 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 on 17 September 1934 aged 82 and was noted as a sculptor. Pauline died in South Melbourne on 14 May 1946 aged about 88 years and both are buried at the Hiedleberg Cemetery, Melbourne.

August Orlowski & Francisca (nee Anis), Rayina Annis (nee Demer), Joseph Orlowski & Bridget (nee Parobkiewicz), Block 7 Plots 12 & 13, Waihola Cemetery. Taken by Paul Klemick


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 23, 29, 30, 33, 34, 45, 48, 155, 170, 196, 197 & 198.

Research Sources

Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973, FamilySearch.

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara O Te Kawanatanga; Land Records.

Bobowo, Godziszewo, Łęgowo, Lubiszewo Tczewskie, Miłobądz & Trąbki Wielkie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton; Baptism Register.

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

New Zealand Government Property Tax Department, from the rates assessment rolls, Return of Freeholders of New Zealand 1882, published 1884.


East Taieri Cemetery – Mary Anderton (1871-1963) – Dunedin City Council

John & Anna Orlowski, Block 11 Plot 138, Fairfax Cemetery, Taken by Paul Klemick


Richard Anderton & Mary (nee Orlowska), Block PB Plot 168B, East Taieri Cemetery

Northern Cemetery – Mary Anderson (1872-1952) – Dunedin City Council

Waihola Cemetery – Augustus Joseph Orlowski (1840-1930) – Find A Grave Memorial

Waihola Cemetery – Brigetta “Bridget” Parobkowitz Orlowski (1814-1906) – Find A Grave Memorial

Waihola Cemetery – Fransciska “Fanny” Annis Orlowski (1849-1939) – Find A Grave Memorial

Waihola Cemetery – Joseph Orlowski (1808-1895) – Find A Grave Memorial


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)