Voitrekofsky [Voitre], Frederick Rudolph

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Frederick Voitrekovsky, third child of Felix and Margaret, nee Reidy was born in Hawera in 1891. His father was Polish and his mother Irish. During World War I he served with the 1st Wellington Regiment (10/2786, 6th Reinforcements) in Gallipoli, Egypt, France and Germany. Following the war, he returned to Taranaki and married Florinda Louisa Journeaux of Hawera.
The name was changed from Voitrekovsky to Voitre. Other spellings include Wojciechowski and Voitrekofsky.
The collection consists of personal letters from Fred to Florinda prior to their marriage. They were engaged before Fred left for overseas and in one of the letters, Fred, believing he had now little to offer, releases Florinda from her pledge. The long distance romance continued and on his return, they were married.
The collection also includes letters from a French friend, misc postcards and photos.

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  Part 1

Letters 1915

1. Trentham; Tues 20th 1915; with envelope; To my Dear Girlie; 4p

2. Trentham; April 25th 1915; My darling Girl; 4p.

3. Zeitoun Camp; Sept 20 1915; My dear Girlie; with envelope; 3p

4. Zeitoun Camp; 25 Sept; My Dear Girl; with envelope; 5p

5. Port Mudros, Lemnos Island; 15/10/15; My Dear Florrie; with envelope; 2p

6. Port Mudros, Lemnos Island; 31/10/15; 2p

7.Port Mudros, Lemnos Island; Nov 5 1915; My Darling Florrie, with envelope; 4p

8. The Apex, Anzac; 19/11/1915; My Darling Florrie; with envelope; 6p (Electronic transcript available)

9. The Apex, Anzac; 10/12/1915; My Darling Florrie; with envelope


  Part 2

Letters 1916

10. Ferry's Post; 14/3/16; My Darling Florrie; with envelope; 2p

11. Moascar Camp, Ismailia, Suez; 25/3/16; My Darling Girl; with envelope; 6p

12. Moascar Camp, Ismailia; 31/3/16; with envelope; 3p

13. Somewhere in France; 16 April 1916; My Darling Florrie; with envelope; 3p

14. Somewhere in France; 27/4/16; My Darling Girl; 6p

15. Somewhere in France; 16/5/16; My Darling Girl; with envelope; 2p

16. 31/5/16; Mr Darling Girl; with envelope; 2p

17. 9/6/16; Dear old Florrie; with envelope; 1p

18. Somewhere in France; 10 July, 1916; Dear Old Florrie; with envelope; 2p

19. Somewhere in France; 10/8/16; with envelope; 2p

  Part 3

Letters 1917-18

20. France; 24/1/17; Ma Chere Florrie; with envelope; 2p

21. Folkstone; 22/2/17; My Dear Florrie; 1p

22. Somewhere in France; Dear Florrie; 2p

23. Somewhere in France; Sept 13 1917; My Darling Old Florrie; with envelope; 1p

24. S.I.B. 10th Oct 1917; My Darling Girl; with envelope; 2p

25. Somewhere in France; 4th November 1917; My Darling Old Florrie; with envelope; 1p

26. Somewhere in France; 10 April 1918; My Darling Old Florrie; with envelope; 2p

  Part 4

Letters 1918-20 (written in French)

26. Paris; 27 Ferries 1918; Mon cher Fred; from Marie; 1p

27. Hotel Florida, Paris; 8 September 1918; Mon cher petit Fred, from Louise Piron; 1p

28. Inses (?); 20 March 1919; My Dear Frederic; from Delvigne Auguste; 1p

29. Belgian; 2 Oct 1920; Mon cher vieil ami; 1p

30. Paris; undated; Mon cher petit Fred; from Louise Piron

  Part 5

Misc envelopes

5 envelopes all addressed to Miss F Journeaux, Hawera

  Part 6

4 postcards from Fred to Florrie from Egypt

1 postcard acknowledging the receipt of chocolates

1 booklet - The opera libretto, Martha!

  Part 7


Florrie Journeaux, in fancy dress costume, c1915, laser copy of photo pasted onto board.

Fred Voitrekovsky (Wojciechowski) (Voitre) 1915, lazer copy of photo pasted onto board

Fred Voitrekovsky (Wojciechowski) (Voitre) 1914, Hawera Municipal Band. Lazer copy of photograph, pasted onto board

Photo of Florrie and Fred in later years

2 negatives of Fred.

  Part 8


Sketch titled "Sigs at Work at 'Snore" Old Man's Home" by LF.

  Part 9

Newspaper clipping - North Taranaki Weekender, Sun May 6 1990. Malone's mutineers. Includes a photograph of the Wellington Regiment's band photographed in France. Fred is 5th from left, 2nd row.

  Part 10

Folder: Land transfer certificates

Biographical information on Felix Wojciechowski (Voitrekovsky), his wife Margaret Reidy and their family

Felix Voitrekovsky, Kumeroa, Hawke's Bay 1889.

Warrant No H57 P R Folio 8/53 (2 copies)

Warrant No H57 P R Folio 8/54

Felix Voitrekovsky, Woodville, Hawke's Bay 1892

Warrant No H 106 P R Folio IO/188 (2 copies)

Warrant No H 106 PR Folio 10/188 HB Vol 7 fol 198

  Part 11

Photocopies of letters.

  Part 12

Soldier's pay book. F Voitrekovsky. 20 May 1915 - 1 January 1917

Soldier's pay book. F Voitrekovsky. 7 January 1917 - 5 September 1918

Pass (for leave of absence). Pvt. Voitrekovsky. 11 August 1915

Pass. New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington Regiment. Paris on leave. 31 December 1917.

Pass. New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington Regiment. London on leave. 24 March 1919.

Certificate of Discharge. Frederick Rudolf Voitrekovsky. 27 June 1919.

Note. Handwritten copy of details of Certificate of Discharge. 14 July 1919. Signed by E.P.Cox. Major O.C. Group 8.

Form letter. New Zealand Army. Ministry of Defence. Re Gallipoli Lapel Badge and medallion.

Postcards (2). One addressed to Miss F. Journeaux, Cameron Street, Hawera.

  Part 13

Typewritten transcripts of the letters.

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