MATHEW MUDROVCIC

Mathew was Visko Mudrovcic's eldest son. Mathew (b. 11 April 1914), Drago (b.14 Sept 1920), and Kate (31 October 1918) were products of Visko's first marriage to Marija Zoricic b. 21 October 1887. View their picture, below.


Drago, Mathew, and Kate

Mathew Mudrovcic came to New Zealand to work like the other legions of Croats and Dalmations. Shortly after his arrival he changed the spelling of his name to a more pronouncable "Mudrovich."

Anglicization of Croat Names

by

Peter Franich

Up until recently it was common for immigrants from our part of the world coming to Australia and New Zealand to add the "h" to their surname as english speakers would pronounce the "ic" as "ick" rather than "ich" as it should have been pronounced. So most people changed their surname, some didn't bother and some even anglicised their surname - either drastically or gently. In our case, the first "c" was dropped to probably enable the local people (mostly of British extraction) to pronounce their names easier. Having said all that - the establishment encouraged anglicisation.

Today, with immigrants coming from every part of the world and diversity is more acceptable and accordingly people don't bother changing anymore.

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Mary, Helena & Drina Mudrovcich their mother Elza b 1919 her father was Milan b 30 Apr 1896 illegitimate son of Elizabeta Merzljak b 13 Nov 1876 - 12 July 1899 she had 2 illigitimate sons to a Sime Segota then died aged 23. She was the daughter of Petrus Merzljak b 1838 & Maria Jovanovich b 1839

Mathew (b. 11 April 1914, d. 10 Dec 1954) married Elza (Beta) Mrzljak (b. 17 Dec 1919 d. 27 April 1958), on 27 March 1939, and, they had three daughters, pictured below.


Mathew and Elza, and their three daughters from l. Drina, Mary, and Helen.


Elza and Mathew

Helen, Mary Vlaskovich (family friend/bride), Mary, and Drina

Elza (Elizabeta) was the daughter of this line of Segulja/Mrzljaks:

Jakov Segulja Married Lucia Zanich b. 1746 d. 30 Mar 1816 they marr 24 Nov 1760. Jacov was the first Novi Segulja, moving there from Drvenik.
Had:
Margarita b. 12 Sep 1763
Anton Josip b. 22 Mar 1768
Katarina Lucija b. 31 Jan 1772
Nicolai Andria Vicko b. 29 Nov 1776 Click this link to see the Montana-Minnesota USA branch
Ivan Vencencso b. 24 May 1780
Phillip Atnanasij b. 2 May 1786

Anton b. 22 Mar 1768 d. 12 Mar 1851 mar Franciska Merzljak b. 18 Apr 1768 d. 5 Jul 1834
(Franciska Merzljak was the daughter of Mikula Merzljak, and the grandaughter of Ivan Merzljak, Her mother was Katarina _______)
Had:
Ursula Lucia b. 10 Oct 1791 d. 28 Dec 1793
Jacobus Nicolaus b. 1793 d. 15 Dec 1803
Nicolaus b. 1794 d. 20 Dec 1801
(Ivan) Gregorius Joannes b. 12 Mar 1795 d. 8 Dec 1864
Paulus Nicolaus b. 14 Jan 1798
Blasius Mathias b. 1 Feb 1800
Nicolaum Jacobum b. 5 Dec 1803
Simeon Vollgangus b. 28 Oct 1812 d. 31 Aug 1860 Priest

Ivan b. 12 Mar 1795 mar on 22 Nov 1818 Margareta Umiljenovic b. 10 Nov 1792 d. 10 Feb 1849
Had:
Antonius b. 2 Sep 1819 d. 12 Jul 1831
Francisca b. 29 Aug 1821
Stanislaus b. 29 Aug 1821
Petrus b. 28 Oct 1823 mar Maria Dobric 18 Mar 1827 this is "our" Novi/Arizona/Texas/NZ/Aus/SA branch of Seguljas
Catharina b. 26 Jun 1826
Vincentius b. 5 Apr 1829 d. 18 Jan 1892
Catharina b. 1 Mar 1832 d. 2 Mar 1832
Lucia b. 7 Jul 1833 mar Anton Merzljak

Lucia 7 Jul 1833 Mar Anton Merzljak
Had:
Feliks Merzljak 20 Nov 1857

Feliks (Srecko) Merzljak 20 Nov 1857 mar Irena Merzljak (sister of Joseph Merzlock 1872 mar Lucy Jezic)
Had:
Miroslav Vencel 1898

Miroslav 1898
Had:
Beta 17 December 1919

Beta 17 December 1919-27 April 1958 mar Mate Mudrovcich (New Zealand) 11 April 1914-10 December 1954
Had:
Mary, Helen, Drina

How we are related on the Segulja/Mrzljak side:
Ivan Segulja b. 12 Mar 1795 mar on 22 Nov 1818 Margareta Umiljenovic b. 10 Nov 1792 d. 10 Feb 1849
Had:

Lucia Segulja Mrzljak 1833. . .sister and brother. . .Petrus Segulja 1823
Feliks 18571st cousinRoko Segulja 1850
Miroslav 18982nd cousinPeter Segulja 1884
Elza/Beta 19193rd cousinMargaret Segulja Pottorff 1924
1st cousin via spouse Mathew's Mudrovcic line
Mary, Helen, & Drina4th cousinsMichael Pottorff 1947
Robert Segulja 1948
2nd by Mudrovcic
Paul, Sonja, & Ivan5th cousinsJulie McElroy, Michael Segulja
3rd by Mudrovcic
Lucretia Dobrec 1996, Dino Franich 1999,
Dylan Posa 1999
6th cousinsAlyssa Laughlin, M. Alexander Segulja
4th by Mudrovcic

Mathew and Elza died while the children were still very young. They were raised by maternal relatives, leaving the young girls without contact to their cousins in America. This isolation ended in 1988, when Margaret Segulja Pottorff visited New Zealand, and, familial ties were re-established.


l-r: Drina, Mary, Helen, and Margaret (sitting)

MARY'S FAMILY
From left, view the Posa family: Paul (born 1 November 1963), Shirley (born 28 July 1960--holding Nicolas), Mary (born 20 April 1940), Anthony (born 3 June 1969), and Boris (born 25 January 1930 died 19 September 1997). Boris and Mary were married on 23 May 1959.

Sadly, we lost Boris in 1997. Anthony recently got married (see picture below) to Tracey. Shirley and Paul are married to Paul (another one) and Desa Lusich respectively, and, have provided Mary with 4 grandchildren.



PHOTO COMING SOON
L-R: Paul, Anthony, Shirley, Mary

-----Paul's family:
Paul (born 1 November 1963) married Desa Lusich (born 13 October 1967) on 29 February 1992.
Had Children:

i. Jacob (born 19 February 1997)
ii. Dylan (born 12 September 1999)

-----Shirley's family:
Shirley (born 28 July 1960) Married Paul MacKay (born 13 May 1955) on 3 November 1984.
Had Children:

i. Nicholas (born 16 April 1987)
ii. Rebecca (born 23 September 1989)

-----Anthony's family:
Anthony (born 3 June 1969) Married Tracey Rackham (born 14 January 1971) on 4 September 1999.

They had Matthew Anthony Posa on the 10th of September 2000


Matty wearing his Croatian soccer suit!

Below, check out Matty's sister Caitlin, born ______ January, 2003


Caitlin and Matthew

HELEN'S FAMILY
From left, view the Franich family: Michael (born 23 February 1968), George/Jure (born 11 August 1938), Helen (born 19 June 1942), Sonja (born 24 May 1969), and Peter (born 25 January 1965). Helen Married Jure Franich (born 11 August 1938) on 18 April 1964.









-----Michael's family:
Michael (born 23 February 1968) Married Linda (born 24 December 1968) on 10 September 1994

-----Sonja's family:
Sonja (born 24 May 1969) Married Srecko Botica (born 22 September 1963) on 24 February 1990
Had Children:

i. Josip (born 5 February 1997)
ii. Dino (born 8 June 1999)

-----Peter's family: Peter has escaped the clutches of marriage, so far,. . .
Peter (born 25 January 1965)


DRINA'S FAMILY
From left, view the Dobrec family: Daniel (born 23 February 1976), Goris (born 13 September 1939), Jason (born 9 April 1971), Drina (born 26 January 1945), Shelly (born 28 May 1966), and Ivan (born 21 September 1967). Drina married Goris Dobrec (born 13 September 1939) on 21 August 1965.








-----Daniel's family:
Daniel (born 23 February 1976) is not married

-----Shelley's family:
Shelly (born 28 May 1966) Married Vijay Soma (born 13 September 1970) on 3 December 1995.

-----Jason's family:
Jason (born 9 April 1971)

-----Ivan's family:
Ivan (born 21 September 1967) Married Rachel (born 20 September 1967) on 6 March 1993.
Had Children:

i. Lucretia (born 1 March 1996)
ii. Sam (born 19 April 1998)


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