First in the country...... by Roy  Massicks

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.


  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 4 years ago

    I love this!!! Thanks for sharing it!!! A fave!!!

  • Thanks Deborah, much appreciated and thanks for the fav.

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapitnc
    snapitncabout 4 years ago

    lovely piece of history roy,nice one mate,cheers mike

  • Cheers Mike – it always fascinates us to visit this church and churchyard.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    Nice shot Roy and great info!

  • Thank you Colin – we always take our UK visitors to this wee church.

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Great find and shot Roy.

  • Thanks Gary – must spend more time studying the approx. fifty graves. Nearly everyone tells a tale.

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsabout 4 years ago

    Great subject and capture once more Roy!

  • Cheers Trevor – the little town of Russell where the church is, is great for photography.

    – Roy Massicks

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