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Shrimski, (Szramski?) Samuel Edward (1830-1902) Poznan. Here he received his early education. For twelve years he resided in London, and later migarated to Australia residing in Melbourne. He arrived in New Zealand in 1861 around the dawn of the gold rush, settling in Oamaru. In partnership with Joseph Moss he set up a soft-goods business in Oamaru, erecting the first stone premises in the town. After seven years the partnership was dissolved when Samuel devoted much of his time to public affairs. In 1868 he was elected to the Borough Council and in 1874 became Mayor of Oamaru. In 1876 he was elected onto the House of Representatives where he sat for about eight years. In his first term he was a Member of Parliament representing Waitaki and afterwards Oamaru. From 15 May 1885, until his death, Samuel was a member of the Legislative Council during the administration of Sir Robert Stout and Sir Julius Vogel. In his public life he held many positions. He is regarded as the founder of the Waitaki High School of which he was first Chairman of the Board of Governors and treasurer of the Oamaru Hospital Board. He died at Auckland 25 Jun 1902 aged 72.

Samuel Shrimski.


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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