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Rekowski, Franciszek (1833-1920) Stanisławie, the son of Mikolej Rekowski & Maryanna Gędzierska, m. (16 Nov 1856) Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubisewo-Tczewksie, Johanna (Julianna) Pacholska (1833-1893) Swarożyn, the daughter of Michal Pacholski & Agniszka Zymon. Family—Stanisławie; Paulina Katarzyna (1859-1942) & Michal Jakob (1862-1872), Lubiszewo-Tzewskie; Rozalia Anna (1865-1866), Franciszek Marcin (1867-1868), Jozef August (1869-1870) & August Franciszek (1871-1943). They left Stanisławie for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Palmerston” 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872.

 Listed aboard were—Franz Reikowski 39, Johanna 39, Paulina 9 & August 11 mths. The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brodgen & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. The family soon moved to Waihola where they had the youngest member of the family—Rose Mary (1876-1949). The 82’ Freeholders lists Franz owning 2 acres to the value of £100 in Waihola & 83 acres to the value of £207 in the Milton area. Franz, a farmer, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 26 Jun 1912 residing at Loudens Gully. All his life he was engaged in farming and the sod chimney of his house at Akatore was still standing in the 1980’s. At one stage he owned a small farm at Loudens Gulley where he was reputed to have been a very careful and thrifty all round farmer. Julianna died at Milton 31 Jul 1893 aged 59 & Frank died at Raurekau 20 Nov 1920 aged 87. Both are buried at the Fairfax Cemetery, Milton.
Paulina (Polly) Rekowski m. (14 Oct 1896) St. Mary’s, Milton, Francis Joseph Barra (1858-1932) Gniszewo. Polly carried a vivid recollection of the voyage to New Zealand and from all accounts it is clear that she enjoyed every minute of it. During a water shortage on board the “Palmerston”, she was approached by the Captain and offered all the water she desired in an exchange for a kiss. She laughed it off as only a 14 year old teenager could. Family—Waihola; James Francis & Herbert Peter. The family moved to Loudons Gully where Polly died 2 Dec 1942 aged 83 years and is buried at the Fairfax Cemetery, Milton.
August Francis Rekowski m. (14 Oct 1896) St. Mary’s, Milton, Mary Ottrey (1872-1927) Milton. Family—Waihola; Francis, Akatore; Mary, George & Sidney James. August purchased section 3, block 2 in Akatore 29 Oct 1898. August was farming or labouring in the Moneymore area and was understood to be as careful and thrifty as his father. A cheerful and jolly gentleman, he would often play his squeeze box for the grandchildren when he visited. August, a labourer, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 23 Feb 1921. He died at Moneymore 18 Oct 1843 aged 72 and is buried with his wife at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.

Mary Ottrey & August Francis Rekowski 1896.



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