Five generations gathered at Clive Hotel on Saturday to celebrate the arrival of their ancestors in Hawke's Bay, 140 years ago.

Sarah and Alfred Gordine travelled from the UK on a ship named the Halcione, which they disembarked in Clive between July 4 and 10, 1874.

"We believe it was actually on about the 6th, which is why we chose this date," descendant Allan Edwards said.

About 80 family members gathered at Clive Hotel on Saturday to remember the couple, who had nine children.


Mr and Mrs Gordine themselves were laid to rest at Hastings Cemetery.

The most recent addition to the family was a baby boy, born on Friday. People made the journey from Auckland and Wellington.

"[The] sun was shining and we had a great day."

As part of the celebration, photographs were pinned on a board and Wayne Chittenden brought a replica model of the ship Mr and Mrs Gordine had arrived on.

"One of the family had it and brought it down on the day, they have been treasuring it for two generations."

A book, titled Clive detailing the township's intriguing past, was contributed to by local historian Craig MacErlich, a descendant of the Gordine family.