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Rydzewski, August Walenty, Labourer, (1828-1905) Zakrzewko, the son of Albrecht Rydzewski & Helena Bielicka, m. (01 May 1853) St. Malgorzata, Miłobądz, Rozalia Maryanna Sliwińska (1832-1909) Łukocin, the daughter of Andrzej Sliwiński & Barbara Taleńska. Family—Miłobądz; Anna Francisca (1854-1857), Johann Franz (1857-1935), Marianna Rosalia (1859-1932), Lunowo; Klara Matilda (1862-1862), August Jozef (1863-1864), Franciszka Paulina (1865-1944), Marta Elzbieta (1867-1868), Małżewo; Paulina Anna (1869-1951). They left Małżewo for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Palmerston” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872.

 Listed aboard was—August Rydzewski 43, Rosalia 40, Joh. F. 16, Maria 15, Francisca 7 & Paulina 3. The family was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brodgen & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. They soon moved to Waihola where August purchased sections 1 & 16 of block 20. As the railway headed south so did the family. Along side Bucholz’s farm in the Waikaka Valley, August purchased part of section 11, block 1 on 28 Feb 1878. His son John also built their family home here. While in the valley, August worked as a farmer and labourer. They later moved to Gore where both August & Rosalia were naturalised as New Zealand citizens on 20 Nov 1899. August died 29 Nov 1905 aged 77 & Rosalia died 17 Oct 1909 aged 77. Both are buried at the Gore Cemetery.
Johan Franz Rydzewski m. (12 Sep 1880) Mckay’s Hall, Gore, Josephina Szczepańska (1861-1955) Trzcińsk. Family—Hokonui; Agnes Elizabeth, Croydon; James August, Waikaka Valley; Clara Barbara, Ellen Frances, John, Joseph & Josephine. John worked as a farmer at Tokanui Gorge in 1897 and resided in Gore in 1902. Johann, a labourer, was naturalised a New Zealand citizen 24 Aug 1926 of Woodlands. He died at Mataura 11 Oct 1935 aged 78 and is buried at the Mataura Cemetery.
Marianna (Mary) Rosalia Rydzewska m. (24 Nov 1875) Invercargill, Johan Valentin Schultz (1846-1893) Dalwin. Family—Hokonui; Frank Joseph, Martha Elizabeth, Joseph James, James Thomas Andrew, Adam, Gordon (East Gore; James Paul, Alexander Andrew & Thomas Andrew. Although Mary never fully came to grips with the English language and struggled with it throughout much of her life, she was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 24 Aug 1926 residing at Gore. Mrs. Mary Hoffman, daughter of Frank Schultz, recalled in 1987, “”It was marvellous what they did… they made their own bread, everything was homemade… oatmeal cakes & fruit cake.” Doris Schultz said as a child she would go to the home of Mary (her grandmother) each day after school and do chores for her. At times she struggled to understand her grandmother but remembered her fondly and said she was always very, very kind to her. After a long battle with cancer of the liver, Mary died at Gore 22 Jan 1932 aged 72 and is buried at the Gore Cemetery.
Francisca Paulina Rydzewska m. (22 Feb 1887) Gore, William Robertson (1866-1929). William died 3 Jun 1929 and Francisca died in Dunedin 11 Jun 1944 aged 79. Both are buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.
Paulina Anna Rydzewska m. (07 Apr 1896) Gore, Thomas Reginald Johnston (1872-1948). Thomas died at Amberley 15 Jul 1948 and Paulina died at Dunedin 11 May 1951 aged 81. Both are buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.

Marianna Schultz (nee Rydzewska). Kindly provided by Maria Hurrell.



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