Today I had the pleasure of removing from this website, the linear lists of around 1,400 Polish settlers to New Zealand in the 1870s and 1880s, and replacing those lists with one far more functional searchable database.

The old lists relied heavily on the European ship’s passenger manifests, and their transcriptions. The new database allows researchers to explore other connections.

I know how many hours family researchers spend trawling through records, and I hope that this database will inspire your quests. My mantra is, “When in doubt, leave out,” so I have only included what I have been able to confirm through the public sphere. If you have a query, or would like to clarify an entry, please write to us through our home page, or email

I have listed the database’s many sources and inspirations in the accompanying story, Who’s Behind the Name?

Go on, press the button!

All Settlers List

—Barbara Scrivens
1 July 2020.