I visited the South Island of New Zealand recently and visited the cemetery at Charlestown (or Charleston) on the North West coast.
The cemetery contains some very old graves and I've taken photos of some of the headstones, including one of John FAIRLESS Native of Warddale, Durham, England.Died 22 January 1884 aged 45 years.No more information on the headstone.
I believe Charlestown or Charleston was part of the gold rushes of the 1800's.
The cemetery also contains some Jewish graves.
I have no connection that I know of, I just took photos of some headstones that interested me.
I'd be happy to send the photo to anyone that has a connection to John FAIRLESS