Around 150 people from Auckland to Southland attended the reunion, including the only living child of Sarah and Charles, Sarah Tohill who lives in Wellington. Charles Dougherty and Sarah Kearney(Carney) were married in
Saint Eunans church Letterkenny County Donegal in Ireland in 1882 in the following year they sailed for New Zealand. A short stop was made in Maryborough in Australia where their eldest son Patrick Francis was born.
In late July 1883 the young family arrived in New Zealand and settled in Oamaru. Four brothers and two sisters of Charles had already made the trip to New Zealand. In 1888 the Dougherty's shifted to Gimmerburn
living in a house belonging to Sarahs brother Andy Keaney . The property was later bought by Charles brother. Shortly after their arrival they were successful in a farm ballot for 120 acre block of land adjacent to where they were living. This
farm was later expanded by the purchasing known as the coalpit. . The farm situated near the foot of the Garibaldi gorge supplied coal to the district and Charles with Mr R. Little contracted for the county forming several roads in the area.
Charles and Sarah had a family of four boys and seven girls and many of their decendents still living in the Maniototo.. A family tree compiled by great grand daughter Mrs Leone O'Malley of Waiau North Canterbury was
presented to family members at the reception while Mrs Tohill cut the cake.