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Rogacki, Franciszek Farmer (1846-1908) Wolenthal, the son of Andrzej Rogacki & Anna Elzbieta Strzelka, m. (06 Nov 1870) St. Malgorzata, Miłobądz, Paulina Klass (1850) Sobowidz, the daughter of Jan Klass & Apollonia Buca. Family—Stanisławie; Jozef (1871-1872). They left Stanisławie for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Palmerston” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872

. Listed aboard were—Franz Rogacki 26 & Paulina 21. Also on board was Marianna Rogacka of Stanisławie aged 23. The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brodgen & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. On 30 May 1877, he purchased section 13 of block 12 at Greytown of which the main highway passes through today. Family—John (1873-1873), Francis Joseph (1874-1927), Anthony (1876-1937), Annie Mary (1879-1946), Rosa (1881-1905), Thomas Joseph (1883-1954), Maria (1885) & Minnie May (1887-1963). The 82’ Freeholders lists Frank, a labourer, owning one acre to the value of £220 in Mosgiel. In late 1891, Frank was receiving medical relief via the Otago Benevolent Institute as a cancer sufferer until 1893. Around this time, Frank travelled north to the Polish Settlement at Marshlands, Christchurch. It appears that Paulina and her husband were going through some differences. Christchurch, Monday, July 23 – Maintenance; An order was made protecting the earnings of Paulina Rogatski against her husband, Frank Rogatski, and giving her the custody of their three children. Mr. Donnelly appeard for the applicant. “Press”, 24 July 1894. Magisterial, Christchurch – Assault. – Frank Rogetski was charged with Assaulting James Friend on September 8th, in Sydenham. Mr. Donnelly for the plaintiff, Mr. Corr for defendant. On the day named the defendant, with three other men, went to plaintiff’s house, where his wife lived, and made a disturbance, demanding the custody of his children, who, by direction of the Court, were in his wife’s charge. Plaintiff ordered him out whereupon the assault complained of took place. Defendant was now ordered to find one surety in Ł10 to keep the peace towards Friend for six months, and to pay costs. “Press”, 20 Sep 1894. Frank was naturalised a NZ Citizen 18 Nov 1899 and was known to have grown among the best crop of onions in the settlement yielding from 16 to 18 tons per acre on Walter’s road near the turn of the century. CASUALTIES. This morning a man named Frank Ragatski, a resident of Marshland, was cycling towards the Railway Station when a milk-cart ran into him, and the shaft hit him in the abdomen. He was taken to the Hospital. The shaft of the cart was broken, so the blow must have been a fairly severe one. “Star”, 10 Sep 1908. Franz died 27 Sep 1908 aged 62 at his son, Frank’s residence at Prestons Road, and is buried at the Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch. Pauline Rogatski had left her husband and some of the children were located in Oamaru attending the catholic school there in 1896/97. She was later recorded residing at 153 Cumberland Street in 1904 and at 790 Cumberland Street, Dunedin in 1912 aged 62.
Rogacka, Marianna (1849) of Stanisławie. Her whereabouts are unknown.

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