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Tykowski Family


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Tykowski, Franciszek (1850-1919) Rajkowy, the son of Franciszek Tykowski (1821-1852) & Maryanna Narzyńska (1825-1866), married on 14 September 1873 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to Anna Szynrok (1850-1921) Janin, the daughter of Maciej Piotr Szynrok (1817-1882) & Maryanna Kośmider (1819-1888). Family—Wędkowy; Jan (1874-1924). They left Wędkowy for Hamburg where they set aboard the Terpsichore on 15 November 1875, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 18 March 1876.

Franz Tykowski.

Listed aboard were—Franz Tykowski 25, Anna 25 & Johann 1. Anna gave birth to a male infant while on board on 4 December 1875 but did not survive and is buried at Carterton. Also on board was Franz’s sister, Francisca, with her husband Johann Klukowski. It is believed when Franz and Anna left Europe they brought with them a bag of gold, a bag of silver, and some of their precious church relics (holy pictures) and very little else. After a month on Somes Island, they were sent to Carterton with other Polish settlers clearing the land and helping to build the road to Masterton. Here they camped in tents but not staying for long.

Tecofsky cottage at Pahia. Originally shared by MervRowe76 on 15 Jul 2012 – ancestry.com

They travelled south to Germantown (Waikaka Valley). While residing in the Gore district they had—Francis Joseph (1877-1953), Anthony (1879-1966) & Maximillion (1881-1954). The 82’ Freeholders lists Francis owning 4 acres to the value of £38 in the Gore region. Between 1881 and 1884, the family moved south to Dalmore (Pahia), some 60 kilometres west of Invercargill on the rugged sea-coast. Here the rest of the family was born—Thomas (1884-1967), David (1885-1963), Joseph (1886), Alexander (1890-1927) & Mary Francisca (1892-1949). The Tecofsky children were listed among the first pupils to attend the Pahia School when it opened in 1884. Here Frank worked as a farmer and built the family home and planted an orchard still visable today. Frank died at Pahia on 24 August 1919 aged 69 and Anna died at Ruahine on 8 May 1921 aged 70. Both are buried in the Orepuki Cemetery.

John Tykowski (1874-1924) married on 2 December 1896 at Gropers Park, Riverton to Janet (Jessie) Elizabeth Campbell, the daughter of John Campbell & Catherine Robertson. Family – Riverton; Francis John (1897-1897), Hawera; Catherine Ivy (1900-1986), Albert Gordon (1907-1964 & Leslie Clifford (1911-1996). John finally settled at Hawera where he worked as a farmer.  Jessie died on 3 August 1923 at Hawera & John died on 4 March 1924 and is buried with his wife at the Hawera Cemetery.

Anna Tykowski (nee Schoenrock)


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 62 & 155.

Research Sources

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

Bocock Graeme, supplied family information (2005).

Godziszewo, Lubiszewo Tczewskie, & Rajkowy Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

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

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

Patten Isabell, Australia, supplied photos, documents & information (2004).


Hawera Cemetery – Johann “John” Tecofsky (1874-1924) – Find A Grave Memorial

Orepuki Cemetery – Anna “Ann” Schoenrock Tecofsky (1850-1921) – Find A Grave Memorial

Orepuki Cemetery – Franciszek “Franz” Tecofsky (1850-1919) – Find A Grave Memorial


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)