New dates for next event: 15-17 January 2021, Wellington, New Zealand

A three day celebratory gathering of all the many descendants of New Zealand pioneering couple, Sarah (Sally) and Captain Daniel Dougherty

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The Descendants is a 3 day celebratory gathering of all the many descendants of Sarah and Captain Daniel Dougherty. Having staged the successful inaugural event in January 2018, the next event organised by descendant will take place again in Wellington, New Zealand from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January 2021.

Descendants, relatives, friends

The family fathering will take place in the school hall of Saint Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand  

Simply fill out the form on the home page of this web site

The event is organized by a group of descendants of Daniel and Sarah Dougherty, led by Nicholas O’Flaherty

If you have any questions or you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the organizer,

Nicholas O’Flaherty
e: nicholaso@camino.co.nz
m: 021 303-181

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Food & Koha for the Descendants

We’re looking forward to seeimg you at the upcoming gathering of The Descendants, at St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie, Wellington, Sat 6th – Sun 7th Jan 2018.


Lunch on Saturday and Sunday

You will need to bring your own packed lunch, snacks and drink for both Saturday and Sunday; there aren’t too many places near the school to buy food. There is a hot water supply in the hall, and we will provide tea and coffee, as well as paper cups, plates etc.

Dinner on Saturday evening

There will be a concert in the hall on Saturday evening. You are welcome to bring your own food for the evening meal, however for those who are interested, we have organized an Indian meal to enjoy during the concert. This includes a nan bread per person, rice, and a choice of a vege or meat main plus dessert. The cost is $20 per person.

We plan to order the dinner on the Saturday morning, and will collect payment then from those who are interested. Please bring your own drinks. Please note that there will be no alcohol provided at the venue.

‘Koha’ / Donation

On another note, to pay for the weekend event, we are asking for a koha/donation of $20 per person. This is strictly to cover the $3000 costs for the hall, cemetery speaker and sundry expenses. Of course this is an expensive time of the year, and for those who will be financially stretched, please give what you can. Likewise, we would appreciate a larger koha for those who can afford it.

You can pay the koha electronically or at the event; if you prefer the first option, please email Nicholas O’Flaherty (nicholaso@camino.co.nz) with your details, and the koha you would like to give; receipts will be provided at the event. Nicholas’ bank account details are: 06 0158 0072020 00.

This wonderful occasion is to celebrate our shared heritage as a collective family. Let’s help each other to do just that!

Many thanks & sincere wishes for a family, fun &peaceful Christmas,

The organizing committee.

The Programme

The Descendants The Programme
5th – 7th January 2018 St Pat’s College
581 Evans Bay Parade, Kilbirnie, Wellington

To register go to https://www.thedescendants.co.nz/

Friday 5th January
10.00 – 15.00 Trip out to Clareville Cemetery, near Carterton to visit Ellen Dougherty’s grave. Ellen was the first state registered nurse in the world and “No 1” is on her gravestone. This will be a guided visit by a local historian. There are also a number of other Dougherty and Telford graves in the cemetery
16.00 – 19.00 Drinks at the Thistle Inn Hosted by Alastair Hutchison
The Thistle Inn is one of Wellington’s oldest pubs and Daniel Dougherty’s last surviving watering hole
Corner of Murphy St and Kate Sheppard Place, Thorndon

Saturday 6th January St Pat’s College 581 Evans Bay Parade, Kilbirnie, Wellington
9.00 Welcome Ceremony, Icebreaking activities, tea, coffee, biscuits
Keynote Presentation of Dan and Sarah`s life and quick look at the different descendant branches.
11.30 – 12.30 Presentation of the Bolton St cemetery (where Dan and Sarah are buried) by Nick Perrin from the Friends of Bolton St Cemetery
13.00 Bring your own packed lunch
14.00 Presentation of the Macaulays by our Canadian cousins
14.30 Celidh Dance workshop Anthony O’Flaherty Anne Wood and others
Sea Shanty workshop Maria O’Flaherty open to all
Informal mingling/talking time
16.30 Presentation of Ellen Dougherty by her great niece Janet Dougherty
17.00 Matu O’Flaherty Life aboard a tall ship
Informal mingling/talking time
Slideshow of photos and images Descendants from Dan and Sarah through to the 21st century
19.00 Dinner
19.45 Video Projection of Descendants who couldn’t make the event
Concert and dancing

Sunday 7th January St Pat’s College 581 Evans Bay Parade, Kilbirnie, Wellington
9.00 Hugo Manson Oral history sessions
10.00 Elspeth Preddey Presentation The TELFORDS
10.30 Sally Greenaway Presentation of ‘The Blue Book’ followed by discussion on how to update it.
Informal mingling/talking

12.00 Picnic lunch (weather permitting) at pilot house site Terakena Bay. Please bring a packed lunch. In case of inclement weather the afternoon activities will take place in the hall. Nick Perrin will outline the detective work he carried out to identify the precise site of the pilot house

13.00 Nicholas O’Flaherty Presentation of Doughertys involvement in the world wars on pilot house site which is adjacent to the Ataturk statue
14.00 Sport activity ….. 5 over cricket tournament between family branches at St Pat’s


PLEASE NOTE : There will be an area in the hall set aside for family mementos. We encourage you to bring any interesting object that has a historical connection to your family. A timeline will also be set up and attendees can add important family events to it over the course of the weekend.
Please encourage family members who cannot attend to send a short video message which we can project during the event. The videos should be emailed to : oflahertychris55@gmail.com
We are putting a slideshow together and digital copies of family photos should be sent to oflahertychris55@gmail.com

After the event … Film and oral histories to be posted on the web site

Who were Sarah and Captain Daniel Dougherty?

Captain Daniel and Sarah (Sally) Dougherty were one of the very early pioneering couples to settle in New Zealand.

Daniel first arrived in NZ in May 1836. He was third mate aboard the James Stewart, a whaling ship based in New Brunswick, Canada. For several months the James Stewart worked the waters off Cloudy Bay. Daniel returned to New Brunswick as Captain of the heavily laden James Stewart in June 1837. He made two subsequent trips to NZ in 1838 and 1841. Continue reading »