This is the grave of the first white woman born in New Zealand – also in the same grave is her granddaughter who drowned.
There are quite a few drownings in this small churchyard as most journeys in the early days in NZ consisted of all or part of the journeys being by boat.
The grave is at Russell, across the bay from Paihia in the Bay of Islands, NZ. The small, white painted wooden church still has bullet holes in the outside structure dating from the Maori/British wars of 1845 to 1860.
Many of the other graves are of interest. There are those who fought while defending the town of Russell in the above mentioned wars. There are the crews of British warships who perished in various mishaps, the First Mate of an American whaling ship who died from fumes while the ship was being fumigated, also Maori Chiefs who were buried here after the political climate in NZ became more stable.
For tourists, the little town of Russell is delightful.
Please view large.
Fuji S6500 at 84.6mm, 1/600, f/5.6, iso 200.