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Walinski, Jozef (1831-1872) Mirowo, the son of Antoni Waliński (1778-1848) & Katarzyna Kochanska (1797-1861), married on 31 October 1852 at St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Franciszka Szwocha (1829-1925) Obozin, the daughter of Albrecht Szwocha (1799-1880) & Anna Wysocka (1796-1840). Family; Boroszewo; Katarzyna (1853-1924), Anna (1855-1932), Barbara (1858-1858), Małżewko; Maryanna (1859-1934), Rozalia (1862-1863), Jan (1864-1864), Franciszka (1865-1866), Jozef Adam (1866-1867), Stanisławie; Agniszka Julianna (1869-1870) & Antoni (1871-1915). Sadly Jozef Waliński died on 5 February 1872 at Stanisławie and was buried at Lubiszewo Tczewskie. A few months later their daughter Anna left Stanisławie for Hamburg with older sister Katarzyna & her husband Jan Wroblewski. They set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin on 6 December 1872.
Listed aboard was—Anna Walinska 17. She was said to be very seasick and homesick on the journey and was in the process of throwing herself over board when a German by the name of George Schrüffer stopped her from doing so. From then on he took her under his wing. She married on 19 May 1873 at St. Joseph’s, Dunedin to George Schrüffer Engineer (1843-1879) Bamberg, the son of Johann & Anna. Family—Greytown; John (1876-1946), George (1877-1953) & Joseph (1879-1968). Tragically George died at Greytown as the result of injuries on 14 March 1879 aged 36 years and is buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
“A serious accident occurred at Kirk’s Ballast Pit, near Greytown on the 6th, when a considerable quantity of gravel suddenly gave way and fell on George Schrifford, one of the workmen, covering the lower parts of his body. A boy named Stewart, after vainly endeavouring to release Schrifford, gave the alarm, and the men from Mackay’s Pit adjoining ultimately got him out, after narrowly escaping themselves a second fall that occurred. Dr Brearty, who was called in, found that Schrifford had two of his ribs broken and had sustained severe internal injuries. Schrifford has a wife and three young children. George Schafford, who was recently buried by a fall of earth at Kirk’s Ballast Pit near Greytown, has been suffering very severely, but has now passed the critical period, and hopes are entertained for his ultimate recovery.“
Anna then married on 28 December 1879 at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Riccarton to Carl (Charles) Junge (1852-1924) Schleswig-Holstein, Denmark, the son of Peter Nicolaus Junge & Christina Margaretha Schluter. Charles was another fellow passenger from the Palmerston. Family—Greytown; Peter John (1881-1906), Francis (1883-1891), Carl (1884-1977), Christina (1886-1944), Francisca (1889-1975), Anna (1890-1980), Antonius (1892-1967) & Mary Margaret (1895-1973).
About the turn of the century the family moved south to Chaslands where the land was being cleared for settlement. Here the family built a Bung House, a house made of tree ferns or pomngas. Before the coming of the saw mills, timber had to be transported by bullock dray for quite long distances. Corrugated iron made for both roofing and chimney, and glass and timber were kept to a minimum. Mrs. Hayes, of Tahakopa, (nee Annie Junge) recalls her parent’s house in the Chaslands; “We gathered moss to pack between the bunghies and then plastered the inside walls with clay. When finished they were as smooth as any modern house.” The outside was soon picturesquely covered with the ivy and creepers they planted. A very different residence from the five-roomed wooden house they had left. Most of these houses had clay floors kept smooth and clean. Fireplaces were big open hearths, and bread was baked in camp ovens from yeast fermented at home. The fireplace in the Junge house held four camp ovens, two at the back and two at the front, and the family had a bunghie wash-house too, with a fireplace for boiling the washing in Kerosene tins. Every year there was a fortnight’s holiday in late summer or early autumn, a working holiday if ever there was one, for the children to cut weed on their parent’s farm. Annie Junge was walking the four miles to the township for the mail one day, when a stranger on horseback asked if she had been cutting ragwort on her father’s farm. She said, “I’ll show you if I have been cutting weed!” and held out her blistered hands. It was the Stock Inspector to whom she showed the painful evidence,” and we had to milk the cows with our blistered hands.” It is recalled in those early years of Chaslands School and, as at that distance they could not be compelled to attend in rough weather, they then missed school. Here they had some good times with tales of pig hunting and wild cattle hunting in regions of dense bush. Anna of Chaslands, was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 13 March 1903.
Due to hard times the family decided to return to Allanton. A memory Cyril Hayes has is of their whole family being taken to visit their grandmother Anna at Allanton, this being when the Junge’s were off their farm at Chaslands, and back at Allanton. Cyril’s father, Ted Hayes, (Edwin) had bought an old Dodge car and they set off in this, the whole family piled in, and it was a marathon trip from Tahakopa. He remembers Anna as a very sedate lady who plied them with black current drink, homemade. This drink must have been a specialty of hers as Vincent Jung of Te Aroha also remembers it. Many of the grandchildren remember the house at Allanton. The dining room was at the right and Vincent remembers Anna sitting there reading her Polish Bible, she had not learned to read English although she spoke English with a heavy foreign accent. Anna was known to collect sheep’s wool from fences, bushes etc where she would turn it into felt. This was used for insoles in shoes, knitted into mittens or waistcoats. Carl died at Dunedin on 13 December 1924 & Anna died at Dunedin on 20 October 1932 aged 76. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Marianna Walińska left the village of Malżewko for Hamburg with extended family where they set aboard the Reichstag on 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 6 August 1874. Listed aboard was—Marianna Świtala (Walińska) 15. She travelled with family south to Greytown where they settled. Marianna married on 29 January 1875 at Church of the Immaculate Conception, East Taieri to Joseph Vincent Pędowski (1846-1926) Lukocin. Family—Greytown (Allanton); John (1876-1941), Annie (1878-1898), Martha (1880-1949), Joseph (1881-1952), Mary (1884-1964), Matilda (1886-1967), Frank (1888-1972), Antoni (1891-1952), Alexander (1893-1971), George (1895-1977), Emily Sophia (1897-1970), James William (1900-1981) & Veronica (1903-1939). Marianna, like her mother, was a midwife delivering babies around the district. She died at Allanton on 7 February 1934 aged 74 and is buried at the Allanton Cemetery.
Antoni Waliński left Malżewko for Hamburg with extended family where they set aboard the Reichstag on 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 6 Aug 1874. Listed aboard was—Anton Świtala (Waliński) 3. He travelled with family south to Greytown where they settled. Antoni was apparently quite an academic at school and a very good singer, singing in many concerts. Being keen in sports, he was a keen footballer & a keen cyclist, excelling in both. He first worked as an apprentice for Ralston’s Butchery at Greytown. Antoni married on 19 July 1899 at Church of the Sacred Heart, Allanton to Martha Smolenski (1881-1951) Greytown, the daughter of Johann Smoliński & Francisca Malińowska. They married in a double wedding ceremony with Johann Smolenski & Annie Black. Antoni had intentions of marrying Martha ever since she was a young girl, waiting for her to become of age. They first settled in Allanton where they had their first two children—Frank William (1900-1964) & Eric George (1901-1982). The family then moved to Dunedin where Antoni worked at various times as a butcher, labourer & linesmen laying the Castle Street tramlines. Here they had the remaining family—Minnie (1903-1983), Thomas Edward (1909-1972) & Mona (1913-2006). Unfortunately Antoni died at Dunedin on 18 March 1915 aged 44 and is buried the Allanton Cemetery. Mysteriously both males from the double wedding died very young and as a result the family regarded double weddings as a bad omen. Martha then married on 27 December 1920 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Dunedin to Arthur Palmer (1881). Family—Dunedin; Phyllis Mabel (1921-2005) & Reta Frances (1924-2017). Martha died at Allanton on 4 October 1951 aged 70.
Crawford P. E. E. We Were Here Too!, History of the Junge family. (1982), pages 104 – 123.
Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 23, 25, 26 & 34.
Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973, FamilySearch.
Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton; Baptism Register.
Clark Patricia, Dunedin, supplied photos, documents & information.
Godziszewo & Lubiszewo Tczewskie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.
New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Naturalisations, Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Todd Mona, supplied family information.
Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)