Two diaries written by Robert Clinton Hughes, 20 February 1860 to 9 February 1861 and 10 February to 30 June 1861. The diaries where written while Hughes was attending Beardsworth's School in New Plymouth and during the events of the First Taranaki War. His diaries give an impression of what it was like to live in New Plymouth during this period, with vivid accounts of the overcrowding caused by settlers coming in from the outlying areas and families seeking safety at the barracks on Marsland Hill.
A full transcription of both diaries is available.
Hughes, Robert Clinton
Diary. 20 February 1860 to 9 February 1861.
Diary. 10 February 1861 to 30 June 1861.
Transcription. Both diaries.