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Szulc, Jan Walenty (1846-1893) Dalwin, the son of Jakob Szulc & Anna Zawadzka, left Rukocin for Hamburg where he set aboard the “Palmerston” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872. Listed aboard was—Johann Schulz 26. He was sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brodgen & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. As the railway headed south so did Johann, settling in the district of Gore. Johann m. (24 Nov 1875) Invercargill, Marianna Rosalia Rydzewska (1859-1932) Miłobądz, the daughter of August Rydzewski & Rosalia Sliwińska. In 1877, John took up section 490, approximately 196 acres, in Croydon Bush, west of Gore. Family—Frank Joseph (1877-1953), Martha Elizabeth (1881-1943), Joseph James (1882-1966), & James Thomas Andrew (1884-1885). But after several very poor years on the farm, and heavily in debt, John found himself in trouble and had to sell his land. The farm was auctioned off and he had to find other ways to feed his growing family. Around December 1884, John sold his property to Roderick McLeod and the family moved to East Gore, firstly to Halton Street, then Wentworth Street. Here they had the rest of the family—Adam (1886-1886), James Paul (1887-1973), Alexander Andrew (1890) & Thomas Andrew (1893-1972). John spent time working on the maintenance of local roads, and also made some extra money shooting rabbits. However, his debt was too much for him and he was eventually declared as bankrupt in July 1887. In 1893 John fell seriously ill with tuberculosis and then contracted pneumonia and could no longer work to support his family. He died on the 2nd of November 1893, aged just 47. Mary was 34 years old and seven months pregnant at the time, and was left a widow with seven young children to raise on her own. A concert, under the auspicies of the local Druids, was given in the Town Hall, Gore, on Wednesday evening, for the benefit of the widow and family of the late John Schultz. The object for which the concert was given, and the fact that several of the items were kindly undertaken almost at a moment’s notice, in order to stop gaps, renders it inadvisable to deal critically with the individual performers. There were several really enjoyable items, notably Mrs. Brett’s rendering of “Auld Robin Gray,” which was sung as Mrs. Brett only appears to know how to sing it, and was deservedly encored; Messrs Matheson and Wright’s duet “All’s Well,” and Mr. Bowler’s “Death of Nelson.” A couple of part songs were also well sung, but the first was a funereal item and very unsuited to the occasion. None of the remaining numbers call for special mention; some were fair; others decidedly wanting; and taken a a whole the performers were a bit “off color,” as sporting men say. Considering the wet night, the attendance was very good, but there was a certain element present whose room would have been preferable to their company. The dance that followed was well attended, and it is satisfactory to know that the result of the entertainment will be a substantial amont in aid of a worthy object. “Mataura Ensigh”, 20 April 1894. Total amount collected totalled £18. He is buried at the Gore Cemetery. Frank, the eldest child, then helped keep the family.

Johann & Marianna Schultz. Kindly Provided by Maria Hurrell.



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.

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