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Mike Subritsky

First Knight of the North Island

At the Annual Ceremony of the Order held in Auckland on the 29th of November 2003, Chevalier Mike Subritzky was installed as a Knight of Justice, in the New Zealand Grand Priory. He is the first Knight of Justice on the North Island, and second member of the Order to be awarded this grade of Knighthood. Chevalier Edward Roberts KLJ of the South Island Commandery is the only other New Zealander to be awarded the Justice Cross. Edward received his Justice Cross personally from the Grand Master.

The Justice grade of knighthood, in orders of chivalry, is granted to those members who can prove direct descent from old noble families. In ancient times, the cross was referred to as "proving quartering."

Mike is descended from two very old European families. On his paternal site, he is a direct descendant of "Fiedz the Tartar" who was ennobled for "valorous deeds on the field of honour" by His Majesty King John Albert of Poland in the year 1495, and granted the everlasting right to bear the Polish arms "KUSZA" (Crossbow). Fiedz the Tartar was a member of the immemorial Tartar nobility, and a descendant of Genghis Khan. The family is mentioned in more than sixty (60) armorials and they were the Lords of Zubr, Subocz, and Krasne Siolo in Northern Poland.

On his maternal side, Mike is a direct descendant of the Irish O'Dowd Kings of North Connacht, and can trace his lineage through 44 generations. His ancestor Hath I, King of Connacht and Tara, was one of the first thirteen (13) Irish kings to be baptised by Saint Patrick. His Irish forebearers ringed North Connacht with 23 castles and held off all corners for many centuries, until the English invasion in the time of Oliver Cromwell. The last O'Dowd King (Taoiseach) was Tadhg Bui O'Dowd (1595-1682).

Mike is a well-known New Zealand writer, author, and poet with an interest in history. He has written and published more than twenty (20) books, and has written about the history of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War. He was honoured by His Imperial Highness Prince Regent Nguyen-Phuc Buu Chanh of Vietnam with the title "Member of Great Honor of the Imperial Nguyen Dynasty," and he was created Count Nguyen-Phuc Minh Kien. Mike Subritzky is also a member of the Polish Nobility Association, and several other chivalric organisations. Mike serves the Order of Saint Lazarus as the Deputy Commander of the Northern Commandery


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