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Orari Gorge station

Orari Gorge station

C. G. Tripp (far left), owner of the Orari Gorge station, is shown here at work with his employees shifting ewes. His son John Tripp (fourth from left) and his nephew, A. Blackiston (fifth from left), are also working. Tripp was the son of an Anglican vicar and trained as a lawyer. He came out from England to Canterbury with J. B. Acland in 1855 and within a year the two had purchased land in the foothills west of Ashburton. Tripp was a gentleman, who like Acland married a daughter of Henry Chitty Harper, the bishop of Christchurch; yet, like some other high-country pastoralists he played an active part in the day-to-day management of his farm. He was a pioneer in the use of wire fencing and was quick to sow 'English grasses'. He was not a leisured aristocrat.

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Jock Phillips, 'Class - Colonial society – the rich', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29720/orari-gorge-station (accessed 21 November 2018)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018