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W związku z przypadającą 1 listopada br. 75-ą rocznicą przyjazdu do Nowej Zelandii grupy polskich dzieci znanych jako „Dzieci z Pahiatua”, serdecznie zapraszamy w niedzielę 10 listopada do udziału w uroczystej Mszy Św. i podwieczorku upamiętniającym tę rocznicę. W trakcie Mszy Św. wspomnimy i wspólnie pomodlimy się też za „Pahiatulczyków”, których już nie ma wśród nas.  Zapraszamy do przyniesienia zdjęć zmarłych krewnych i przyjaciół będących byłymi wychowankami obozu w Pahiatua.  Zdjęcia będą wystawione na czas Mszy i można je będzie odebrać po jej zakończeniu.  Po Mszy zapraszamy na podwieczorek w sali przykościelnej, w trakcie którego z krótkim programem polskich tańców narodowych wystąpi Polonus.

 

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On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Polish Pahiatua Children’s arrival in New Zealand, please join us for a special commemorative thanksgiving Mass and afternoon tea on Sunday, 10 November 2019.  During the Mass, we will also remember those Pahiatua Children who have passed away and cannot be with us. We are inviting everyone to please bring a photo of your Pahiatua Child relative or friend who has passed away. The photos will be displayed to commemorate and remember them during Mass, and can be collected afterwards.  During the afternoon tea which will be served in the adjoining hall, Polonus Polish Dance Group will perform a short programme of Polish national dances.

When Poland was nowhere…

Centenary of Poland’s Regained Independence 1918 - 2018

Commemorative Linwood Cemetery Walk

You can do this walk when it suits you.  Just print the pdf file (for best result print on A3, double sided) and fold into an A6 pocket map.  For more information about these, and other Polish settlers, please refer to the sources named in the map. 

2018 marked the hundredth anniversary of Poland’s regained independence, one of the most important dates in the long and complex history of Poland. From 1795, throughout the next century, and until 1918 Poland found herself divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia, and deprived of independent statehood. Poles were subject to a series of measures aimed against them, against their language and their culture, which were replaced by incremental enforcement of the language and culture of the controlling states.

The loss of Poland’s independence led to a large wave of emigration from Poland in search of freedom and a better life. Among the countries that accepted Polish migrants was New Zealand, where a small number of Polish Jews started arriving in the 1850’s and 60’s, followed by a larger group of migrants from the Prussian zone arriving from 1872 onwards. Many of them were laid to rest at Linwood Cemetery. The walk takes you to the areas of the Linwood Cemetery which are linked to the history of early Polish settlement in Canterbury.

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