Richard and Susannah Hughes (nee Gibson) and their five boys left County Down, Ireland and arrived at Lyttelton aboard the Huntress in April 1863. They settled in Kingsdown, south of Timaru and had a further three girls. Richard was a Farmer. He died in 1880 from injuries sustained when he fell from a spring cart. He is buried in the Hughes family plot in Timaru cemetery. Two of Susannah's brothers emigrated on the Strathallan, the first ship to bring passengers to Timaru. There are many Gibson descendents still in Timaru.

Richard and Susannah's eldest son Robert Hughes married Sarah Pizzey (originally from Felsham, Suffolk, England) and they had nine children. Robert was a blacksmith in Geraldine. They divorced in approximately 1902. Sarah moved to New Plymouth and died in 1947. Robert stayed in South Canterbury and died in 1930.

Their son Richard Hughes married Ellen Scobie and they had five children. Ellen Scobie emigrated with her parents and sister from Thornliebank, Glasgow, Scotland. They sailed on the Michaelangelo from Gravesend on 2 March 1873 and they arrived at Port Chalmers on 28 May 1873. Her parents, John Douglas and Janet Scobie (nee Ramsay) lived in Kakahu, Orari and Hilton and had a further six children.

Richard and Ellen's son Herbert Hughes married Mary Graham originally of Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Mary and her parents James and Sarah Graham (nee Lamont) emigrated to New Zealand after World War One. James and Sarah divorced in the 1920s and Sarah remarried and had three further children. Herbert and Mary Hughes are survived by seven children (six in NZ & one in Australia), numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great children.

If you would like to know more, please send an email to Joy Hughes.