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Plew, Friederich Wilhelm (1838-1913) Klaipeda, fled Prussia by sea to avoid conscription into the German Army. His twin brother, Wilhelm Friederich, a carpenter, went to Russia and was never heard from again. Friederich widely travelled working as a sail maker aboard ship. It it is believed that he fell from the mast of a ship injuring himself quite badly resulting in bad treatment. Having had enough of the sailing life, he possibly jumped ship arriving in New Zealand in the early 1860’s just when the gold rush was attracting prospectors from Australia and further abroad. Friederich first worked in the goldmines at Gabriel’s Gully 1861-62 before settling at Lauder as a gold miner on the “Blue Duck” claim. Later he tried his hand at farming on 150 to 200 acres in the same district. His name appears in the list of Life Members of Gabriel’s Gully Pioneers Association. He journeyed from Lauder to Lawrence in May 1911 to attend the Gabriel’s Gully 50th Celebrations. Friederich m. (26 May 1875) Tinkers, Mary Ann Miller (1851-1914) Kilkenny (Ire). Family—Lauder; Barbara (1875-1970), Mary (1876-1876), Caroline (1877-1927), John Frederick (1880-1951), Frederick Morgen (1882-1940), Margaret (1883-1953), Thomas Ruddleston (1885-1885), Esther Mary (1887-1979) & Beatrice Malvine Gladys (1889-1938). Barbara was born in a tent her father Friederich made, an art he learned on board ship. In 1888 Friederich was the first chairman of the Lauder School committee and an astute man of considerable music ability particularly on the violin. He died at Lauder 12 May 1913 aged 75 and is buried at Drybread Cemetery, Omakau. Mary died 8 Nov 1914 and is buried at Port Molyneux Cemetery.

(note from webmaster ;-     I was unable to find and place in Poland named Klaiped, so have mapped Klaiped in Lithuania)


The Polish Government is offering financial assistance, by way of a ‘one-off payment’ grant, to Poles repressed or deported to Siberia or living in the Eastern regions of Poland during the period of 1936 – 1956. 

In order to qualify for this grant, one must be a Polish citizen, holding a Polish passport and, must be a retired serviceman/woman.

For further information kindly contact:

Professor Krzysztof Pawlikowski:   Mobile: 022 044 6075         Email: kryspawli@gmail.com


Marian Ceregra:   Land Line: (04) 972 4545

Email: mariopol4545@gmail.com


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