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Wróblewski Family




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Jan Wróblewski (b. 1845–d. 1903) was born at Rukosin, the son of Franciszek Wróblewski (b. 1813–d. 1875) and Maryanna Wiśniewska (b. 1815–d. 1857).  Jan married on 28 April 1872 at the Church of the Holy Trinity at Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to Katarzyna Walińska (b. 1853 at Boroszewo–d. 1924), the daughter of Jozef Waliński (b. 1831–d. 1872) and Franciszka Szwocha (b. 1829–d. 1925). They left the village of Stanisławie for Hamburg where they set aboard the Palmerston on 29 July 1872, arriving at Port Chalmers near Dunedin on 6 December 1872.

Mary Wroblewski at home in Allanton – History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand,


Listed aboard were—Johann Wroblewski age 27 and Valencia (Catherina) 19. They were sent south to Scroggs Creek on contract work with Brogden and Sons to lay the southern railway through the Taieri. The family born at Allanton were Anthony (b. 1874–d. 1936), John (b. 1875–d. 1875), Joseph (b. 1875–d. 1875), Frank (b. 1876–d. 1955), Mary (b. 1878–d. 1949), August (b. 1881), John Patrick (b. 1883–d. 1940), Anna (b. 1885), Joseph (b. 1887), Catherine (b. 1890), Martha (b. 1892–d. 1945) and George (b. 1895). John was employed as a labourer and was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 26 August 1899. John died at Allanton on 30 July 1903 aged 58 and Catherine died at Allanton on 10 December 1924 aged 71. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.


Catherine and John Wroblenski. Lynn Donaldson originally shared this on 06 Aug 2020 at Ancestry.com

John Wroblenski & Catherine (nee Walinska), Catholic Block Plot 24, Allanton Cemetery. Taken by Paul Klemick


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 25, 26, 27 & 28.

Research Sources

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

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

Deihl Gladys; Kindly provided information.for History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand.

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

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


Allanton Cemetery – Catherine Wroblenski (1853-1924) – Dunedin City Council

Allanton Cemetery – John Wroblenski (1845-1903) – Dunedin City Council


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)