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Szczepański, Jakob Small Farmer, (1837-1914) Dalwin, the son of Piotr Szczepański & Anna Filtzek, m. (12 Jun 1859) St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo, Barbara Ciesnikowska (1832-1865) Obozin, the daughter of Franciszek Ciesnikowski & Anna Nirzwicka. Family—Trzcińsk; Jozef (1857), Franciszka Rozalia (1859-1884), Jozefina (1861-1955) & Anna (1864-1866). Barbara died in Trzcińsk 20 Aug 1865 aged 33. Jakob r.m. (13 May 1867) Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie, Maryanna (Maria) Grenc (1834-1881) Lubiszewo-Tczewskie, the daughter of Jozef Grenc & Maryanna Neuman. They left Trzcińsk for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Reichstag” 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington, 6 Aug 1874.

Listed aboard were—Jacob Szczepansky 35, Maria 44, Rosalia 14, & Josephina 12. They settled in the Waikaka Valley at Germantown where Jacob worked at times as a labourer & farmer. Maria died at Gore in May 1881 aged 46 and is buried at the Gore Cemetery. Jacob was first admitted into the Otago Benevolent Instituion, Caversham, Dunedin 1 Nov 1895 being unable to find work, residing at Mosgiel at the time. He then settled at Pine Hill, Dunedin and was later admitted back into the Benevolent Institution 7 Jun 1898 being out of work. Working as a labourer, he was naturalised a New Zealand citizen 27 Oct 1903 residing at Caversham. He died 6 Jul 1914 aged 76 and is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.
Franciska (Rosalia) Szczepańska m. (1876) James Henry Chittock. Family—Gore; Angus Mary Eplina, Josephine Barbara & James Francis. Rose died at Gore 9 May 1884 aged 24 and is buried at the Gore Cemetery.
Josephina Szczepańska m. (12 Sep 1880) Mckay’s Hall, Gore, Johann Franz Rydzewski (1857-1935) Miłobądz. Family—Hokonui; Agnes Elizabeth, Croydon; James August, Waikaka; Clara Barbara, Ellen Frances, John, Joseph & Josephine. Josephina died at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Dunedin 10 Nov 1955 aged 93 and is buried at the Mataura Cemetery.


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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