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Kleme Jurlina

Also Known As: "Clem (NZ BDM)"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Živogošće
Death: April 11, 1973 (83)
Sweetwater, Awanui, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Kaitaia Cemetery
Immediate Family:

Son of Joze Jurlina and Anica Jurlina (Grbić)
Husband of <private> Jurlina (Lozina)
Father of Olga Howe; Victor Ivan Jurlina; <private> Jurlina; "Dick" Richard Joseph Jurlina and <private> Oliver (Jurlina)
Brother of Matija Jelaš; Kate Petričević (Jurlina); Ivan Jurlina; Mate Milan Jurlina; Loui Jurlina and 5 others

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About Kleme Jurlina

This information is taken from a radio interview with Jim Henderson, who interviewed Clem when he was 75 years. NZBC The Jugoslav in the Far North " The Call of the Kolo" Kleme was a well known storekeeper and gumdealer in the gumdigging settlement of Sweetwater. Clem ( As spelt in NZ) arrived in NZ in 1903. First, a Billiard Table was bought with the earnings from gum digging, then a grocery store evolved. In 1916 he bought his first truck, but before that, horses and bullocks collected the gum from the shanties ( huts) Clem spent time supervising three or four drivers and 10 men who sorted gum. At first everything was sent to merchants in Auckland, but after 1918, Clem had connections in London, France Germany and America. In those days his business would have turned over 50,000 pounds a year. It seems the export market was at its height between 1920 and 1925 (5600 tons a year) After the depression, the NZ export industry declined to an average of 3000 tons between 1930 and 1935. Clem sponsored relatives and friends, setting them up at the Sweetwater camp, supplying tools and credit. At the time of the interview in 1965, the Jurlinas were still exporting gum. Dick Jurlina described how gum was sorted. The best grade was white gum, worth about 260 pounds a ton. Second grade was black gum, worth about 220 pounds a ton. Third grade was chalk at 120 pounds and the cheapest was linoleum grade at 50-60 pounds a ton. They had 200 lb sacks of gum stacked to the ceiling and had just sent 3 tons to Genoa. Most gum is now used in paint varnishes. The Jurlina family story is also featured in "From Distant Villages" by Stephen A. Jelicich. pp 207-209

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Kleme Jurlina's Timeline

December 7, 1889
Age 36
Kaitaia, New Zealand
June 25, 1927
Age 37
June 15, 1930
Age 40
April 11, 1973
Age 83
Sweetwater, Awanui, New Zealand
Age 83
Kaitaia Cemetery