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Who was the first Polish immigrant?

Who was the first Polish immigrant?

The first Polish immigrants came to the Jamestown colony in 1608, twelve years before the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts. These early settlers were brought as skilled artisans by the English soldier–adventurer Captain John Smith, and included a glass blower, a pitch and tar maker, a soap maker and a timberman.

How many Polish people live NZ?

New Zealand now has a thriving Polish community of around 5,000-6,000 people.

Can New Zealanders enter Poland?

NEW ZEALANDER OR KIWI CITIZENS VISITING POLAND A valid passport is required to enter Poland. All tourists entering Polish territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Polish authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.

Why did the Polish immigrate to New Zealand?

Early contact. The earliest recorded Polish contact with New Zealand goes back to Captain James Cook’s second voyage in 1772. Nearly a century later, a number of Poles came to New Zealand in search of gold. Few of these early arrivals settled, and many moved between Australia and New Zealand.

Where did the Polish settlers come to New Zealand?

They all left through Hamburg. Three ships—the friedeburg, the palmerston and the reichstag —carried the bulk of the Polish settlers to Christchurch and Dunedin between 1872 and 1874. The friedeburg made a second voyage to New Zealand in 1875, docking in Napier.

When did the Poles come to New Zealand?

During the Second World War New Zealand invited 800 Poles – 734 of them orphaned children – to take refuge in New Zealand for the duration of the war. They had made a harrowing journey from Poland through Russia and Iran, to reach New Zealand on 31 October 1944.

What kind of people came to New Zealand?

Although Polish in spirit and speech, when they arrived in New Zealand, they were often defined as German or Prussian.

Who was the first Polish person to arrive in Australia?

The first Pole known to have arrived in Australia was Joseph Potaski, who was sent there as a convict from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1803. A prominent Pole, Paul Edmund Strzelecki arrived at Sydney on 25 April 1839.