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Wełnowski, Jozef, Labourer (1837-1910) Barłożno, the son of Jan Wełnowski & Maryanna Wrońska, m. (18 Nov 1863) St. Katarzyna, Klonówka, Franciszka Anna Andrykowska (1827-1906), the daughter of Stanislaw Andrykowski & Katarzyna Fryda. Family—Klonówka; Jan (1860-1901), Jozef (1864-1935), Tomasz (1866-1951), & Barbara (1870-1943). They left Klonówka for Hamburg where they set aboard the “Palmerston” 29 Jul 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, 6 Dec 1872.

 Listed aboard were—Joseph Welna 35, Francisca 34, Johann 9, Joseph 8, Thomas 4 & Barbara 1. They were sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brodgen & Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. They soon moved to Waihola where they had their youngest—Anna (1874-1965). Joseph built the family cottage of sod on the corner of Nore & Beacon Street, where they both lived out their lives. Joseph & Francisca apparently never learned to speak English, but only in their native tongue. Joseph was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen 14 Apri 1900 residing at Waihola. Francisca died July 1906 aged 79 & Joseph died April 1910 aged 73. Both are buried at the Waihola Cemetery.

John Welnoski had a musical talent and used to play the piano accordion at dances and parties. Apparently he had a 50/50 share in the instrument, which caused a lot of strife, because every time John picked it up to play, his partner wanted it also. For as long as John left it alone his partner never touched it. Finally John’s patience gave out and he said to his partner “If you really want your B….Y half here it is” and so saying, he picked up an axe and rendered the accordion useless, but equally shared. John, a labourer, of Waihola, was naturalised 13 Jun 1887. He died a single man 21 Dec 1901 aged 41 and is buried at the Fairfax Cemetery, Milton.


Joseph Welnoski after working for a time at Waihola, became a construction worker on the railway line at the Catlins, Clyde & the Wingatui-Alexandra line. Joseph m. (1905) Ivy Francis Batchelor. Family—Reginald Joseph Thomas & Ellen Augusta. He died at Arapuni 18 Feb 1935 aged 70 and is buried at the Putaruru Cemetery.

Thomas Welnoski at the age of 12 started work on the farm of Mr. Todd of Waihola. He m. (10 Oct 1906) St. Mary’s, Milton, Annie Bell Dysart, the daughter of William Dysart & Margaret McDevitt. At this time he managed a farm for Mr. Chapman, a lawyer from Dunedin, at Waihola. He came to Riversdale from Milton in Oct 1908 as one of the workmen on the Waikaia railway line arranged by Martin Klimeck. His wife at the time thought Riversdale a miserable place, and thought they would move as soon as the line was finished. However they ended up spending the rest of their lives there. After the line was completed, Tom, a conscientious worker, spent his time in rabbit trapping during the winter, assisting farmers at lambing time in the spring, in the shearing shed and harvesting or fencing at other times. Family—Clarendon; Caroline, Madge, Caroline, Madge, John Francis, Mary Veronica, Riversdale; Annie Imelda, Thomas Joseph & William Patrick. Thomas, a labourer of Riversdale, was naturalised a New Zealand citizen 30 Nov 1922. Thomas died 12 Feb 1951 aged 84 and Annabella died 10 Jun 1965. Both are buried at the Riversdale Cemetery.

Barbara Welnoski m. (25 May 1891) Milton, Harry Hand. Family—Milton; Agnes, Gertrude Constance, Veronica, Edward, Helen & Anna. It is clear that Barbara’s descendants, who keep alive her Christian name right down to great-grand daughter, had a great respect for her. Both Henry & Barbara died 15 Jul 1943 at Milton and are buried at the Fairfax Cemetery, Milton. Barbara was aged 72.

Joseph Welnowski at his home in Waihola.


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

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