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Rekowski, Franciszek (1833-1920) Stanisławie, the son of Mikolej Rekowski (1798-1872) & Maryanna Gędzierska, married on 16 November 1856 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubisewo-Tczewksie to Johanna (Julianna) Pacholska (1833-1893) Swarożyn, the daughter of Michal Pacholski (1798-1840) & Agniszka Zymon (1797-1920). 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 on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872.

Mary Ottrey & August Francis Rekowski 1896.

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 Brogden & 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 on 26 June 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 on 31 July 1893 aged 59 & Frank died at Raurekau on 20 November 1920 aged 87. Both are buried at the Fairfax Cemetery, Milton.

Paulina (Polly) Rekowski married on 14 October 1896 at St. Mary’s, Milton to 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 (1898-1979) & Herbert Peter (1899-1993). The family moved to Loudons Gully where Polly died on 2 December 1942 aged 83 years and is buried at the Fairfax Cemetery, Milton.

August Francis Rekowski married on 14 October 1896 at St. Mary’s, Milton to Mary Ottrey (1872-1927) Milton. Family—Waihola; Francis (1897-1980), Akatore; Mary (1900-1959), George (1902-1983), Sidney James (1910-1941) & Stillborn (1913-1913). August purchased section 3, block 2 in Akatore on 29 October 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 on 23 February 1921. He died at Moneymore on 18 October 1843 aged 72 and is buried with his wife at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.

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Francis & Julia Rekowski, Block 11 Plots 39 & 40, Fairfax Cemetery


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 23, 36, 43, 155, 170 & 196.

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.

Fairfax Cemetery Records, Dunedin Public Library.

Lubiszewo Tczewskie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

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

Francis Barra & Paulina (nee Rekowska), Block 11 Plots 155 & 156, Fairfax Cemetery


August & Mary Rekowski, Block 85 Plot 55, Andersons Bay Cemetery

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


Andersons Bay Cemetery – August F Rekowski (1871-1943) – Dunedin City Council

Fairfax Cemetery – Frances Rekowski (1833-1920) – Find A Grave Memorial

Fairfax Cemetery – Julia Rekowski (1833-1893)- Find A Grave Memorial


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)