Joseph E Hughes

Joseph E Hughes

(1876 – ?)

Joseph E Hughes (b.1876) was born in Derbyshire, England and attend Cambridge University. In 1901, he travelled to Nyasaland as an assistant native commissioner for north-east Rhodesia in the British South Africa Company.

He resigned as commissioner in favour of becoming a full-time hunter and trader and spent the years from 1901 to 1919 organising hunting expeditions at Lake Bangweulu. He is noted for his information about the existence of a large prehistoric animal known as ‘Chipekwe’.

Eighteen Years On Lake Bangweulu by J E Hughes (1920) is a scarce work of hunting and adventure with great detail of the area, which is today, Zambia. Hughes explored and hunted around Lake Bangweulu and the rivers Chambesi and Luapula. There are numerous hunting incidents, particularly after elephant, lion, buffalo, hippopotamus and rhinoceros, with cheetah bagged near the Luena River. In addition, eland, sable, puku, sitatunga, warthog and other game was collected.


A number of images from Hughes’ hunting expeditions can be found on Smart & Copley postcards.