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Teike, Freiderich Wilhelm, Farm Labourer, (1846-1937) Liniewko, the son of (Prussian) Frantz Ludwig Teike (1813) & (Polish) Maryanna Parobkiewicz (1812-1885), married on 25 October 1868 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to Matilda Julianna Klimek (1848-1921) Kamierowo, the daughter of Maciej Klimek (1819-1899) & Anna Smolińska (1820-1882). Family—Liniewko; Franciszka (Mary) (1869-1956) & Franciszek (1871-1919). The family left Rokitki for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872.

Fred Tikey. Kindly provided by Carl McKenzie

Listed aboard were—Fried. W. Teike 26, Mathilda 25, Francisca 3 & Franz 9 mths.  They were sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. While living on the Taieri they gave birth to—John (1874-1874) & Anna (1876-1876). Frederick purchased section 19 & 20 of block 12 in the settlement of Greytown on 1 June 1877. The family then moved to Waihola where two more were born—Joseph (1878-1954), fostered by the Annis family of Waihola, & Martha (1880-1911). In 1882 the family moved to Fairfield where Frederick worked as a brick maker then coal miner for the Walton Park Coal Co. Here they gave birth to—Janet (1882-1980). The family moved to East Taieri (Riccarton), where Frederick continued coal mining and labouring and had three more children—Martin (1884-1970), Louis (1886-1887) & Catherina (1887-1888). Returning to Fairfield on the Main South Road just up from the brickworks they had the last of their children—Harriet Matilda (1889), Albert Felix (1892-1931) & Thomas Eric (1893-1970).

Franciszka (Mary) Teike. Kindly provided by Carl McKenzie

From 1896 to 1898 Frederick resided at Shag Point working in the coalmines there. His father in law, Mathias Klimek, resided with him at the time.  A letter was sent to Frederick in New Zealand making him sole heir of the family property, most probably at the time of his widowed mother’s death in 1885. Frederick declined the offer and destroyed the letter as it would require him to return and have to deal with the German authorities. Frederick, a labourer, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 2 October 1929. He died at Ophir where his youngest son, Thomas Eric, had the Blacks Hotel on 20 August 1937 aged 89. He is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.

Francisca (Mary) Tikey married on 18 July 1894 at St. Mary’s, Mosgiel to Thomas Blaney in a double wedding ceremony. They first lived on an orchard at Mosgiel until fire moved them to Fairfield. It is believed they lived at one time in the old Tikey house, across from the Walton School, then built a home further up from the Walton school. They had one son—Edward James (1902-1950). Tom worked for a time as a coalminer at Fairfield & Nightcaps. Mary was known as a great cook working for a hotel at one time. Mary & Tom moved to Port Chalmers where they resided with a Swede, Charlie Johanson, aboard the steamer Kaikoraia. Alongside were two other steamers, which Tom was caretaker. During the second world war, both Tom, and son Ted as cabin boy, worked on the hospital ship Maheno. Mary died at Dunedin on 6 December 1956 aged 87 and is buried at the Port Chalmers Cemetery.

Frank Tikey married in 1900 at Oamaru to Annie Blackman (1878-1961) Oamaru. Family—Winton; Charlotte Martha (1901-1940), Nightcaps; Anne (1905-1968), Frederick William (1907-1964), Gladys Matilda (1908-1973), Scots Gap; May Harriett (1911-2003) & Riverton; Elizabeth Mabel (1913-1981). Frank worked as a coalminer and died at Dunedin on 15 September 1919 aged 47 and is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.


Frank Tikey, Block 80 Plot 3, Andersons Bay Cemetery


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, page 23.

Research Sources

Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973, FamilySearch.

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara O Te Kawanatanga; Land Records.

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton; Baptism Register.

Green Island & Walton School APW’s, Dunedin Hocken Library.


Matilda Tikey (nee Klimeck), Block 80, Plot 26, Andersons Bay Cemetery

Lubiszewo Tczewskie & Skarszewy Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

McKenzie Carl, Christchurch, supplied family information, photos & genealogy.

New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Naturalisations, Births, Deaths and Marriages.

New Zealand Wises Directories, Dunedin Public Libarary.

New Zealand Government Property Tax Department, from the rates assessment rolls, Return of Freeholders of New Zealand 1882, published 1884.

Starogard Gdański, Lutheran Church Records, ancestry.com.


Frank (Fred) Tikey, Block 142 Plot 39, Andersons Bay Cemetery


Mary Blaney (nee Teike), Block LO Plot 40, Port Chalmers Cemetery


Andersons Bay Cemetery – Frank Tikey (1871-1919) – Dunedin City Council

Andersons Bay Cemetery – Frank (Fred) Tikey (1846-1937) – Dunedin City Council

Andersons Bay Cemetery – Matilda Tikey (1848-1921) – Dunedin City Council

Port Chalmers Cemetery – Mary Blaney (1869-1956) – Dunedin City Council



Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)