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The descendants of Polish immigrants who came to Taranaki in the 1800s are being encouraged to celebrate their history.
In 1876 the Polish immigrants came to New Zealand on the ship Fritz Reuter, which landed in Wellington. Some 52 of them were trans-shipped in the SS Taupo to New Plymouth. They were housed in the Marsland Hill barracks, which was used as an immigration centre.
The Polish people first settled in Bell Block, but by 1877 most of the jobs were in Inglewood.
The family name of FABICH originated from the small town of Pomeranian, KOKOSZKI, in Poland. On arrival of migrants to New Zealand the surname was changed to FABISH Apparently in Poland they had small farms and supplemented their incomes by working for a German called Wurtz/Wircca/Werker who owned two adjoining villages. When the Franco-Prussion War…
It was August 4, 1876 when the ship Fritz Reuter berthed in Wellington after a long voyage from Hamburg in Germany bringing just over 500 Polish immigrants to New Zealand.
Ray Watembach is the great-grandson of four of the first Polish settlers in New Zealand. His paternal great-grandparents sailed on the friedeburg in 1872 and his maternal great-grandparents on the fritz reuter in 1876. His grandfather, Józef Watemburg, was five, the same age as his grandmother, Mariane Niestrowska, when she arrived with her parents and younger brother four years later.