The Hero from Nithdale Station: The Remarkable True-Life Story of Major Charles W.H. Tripp - 'the Boss'
Be inspired by the courage of this hard-working Southland farmer who led the First Commando Fiji Guerrillas in World War II. Charlie Tripp, aka The Boss, bought Nithdale Station near Gore in 1924 and developed it into a stunning family legacy. Nithdale Genetics is now among the b... read full description below.
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||19 December 2018 by WILD SIDE PUBLISHING
||By Tripp, Dick
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Be inspired by the courage of this hard-working Southland farmer who led the First Commando Fiji Guerrillas in World War II. My parents were an exceptional couple. Their characters and influence in the local community, the farming world and in a much wider sphere were significant. My father's contribution to the war effort in the Solomon Islands, and the well-deserved Silver Star awarded to him by the Americans, is a unique story that you will not find in many of the war histories. My mother also made a huge impact in her community and was awarded a QSM for her work. DICK TRIPP The last chapter takes you into the heart of battles with the Japanese in the Solomon Islands in World War II. Charlie led his commandos; New Zealanders, Fijians and Tongans scouting in enemy territory to inform the Americans of their movements. Charlie Tripp has been described as an extraordinary hero. Charlie Tripp, aka The Boss, bought Nithdale Station near Gore in 1924 and did the hard yards developing it into the stunning property it is today covering 1478ha (3652ac). It has been further developed by his grandson, Andrew. Nithdale Genetics is among the best in New Zealand. This is the true story of a man with high moral standards, legendary fitness, personal discipline, visual memory, excellent powers of observation and leadership qualities.
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||My grateful thanks to you, Dick, for sharing the stories of your father and mother and for taking those moments in time to ask the questions which enabled you to re-tell their stories to us now and the generations to follow. The memories of your father Charlie Tripp; a man of high moral values, tempered with frugality and abundant generosity, a man who would not ask anyone to do something that he would not or could not do himself, a man inspired by others, who in turn was an inspiration to those that knew and served with him. This book is a great read, and whilst Charlie is no longer with us, he and his story can still act as a great role model for people today. -Rev. Bruce Cavanagh, Padre, Gore District Memorial R.S.A. My father, Mac Tulloch, spent time at war in the Pacific about the same time as Charlie Tripp. I recall my Dad speaking very fondly of him. He respected him and esteemed him highly. It has therefore, been a pleasure to read this book and enjoy the stories told here. I know that all future generations of this family will treasure their recorded history along with those of us fortunate enough to read this book. What better way do we have to learn other than from those who have gone before us. -Ian (Inky) Tulloch, former Mayor of Gore District A more enjoyable glimpse into the life and times of one of this community's cornerstone families I haven't ever experienced. Charlie and Myra Tripp of 'Nithdale' have left a legacy like few others, and the story of the pivotal role family, farm and community played in that legacy has been superbly told by their younger son Dick. This is a very human story of vision, determination, humour and focus, through both peacetime and war, highlighting the role of human potential to overcome trying circumstances, be they foe on distant shores or rabbits and gorse on the home front. An easy read and a valuable slice of life from days past. -Tracy Hicks, Gore District Mayor This book fills in the picture of pioneer families in rural New Zealand, which prepared them for even greater things at home and abroad. Major Charles Tripp (both Silver Star and DSO for the same service) led Fijian and Tongan commandos in dangerous situations to inform American troops in the Solomon Islands, and Dick's mother was awarded a QSM for her community work. This book will ensure that these stories will not be forgotten. -Rt. Rev. Henry Paltridge, former Bishop of ACK Meru in Kenya A slim yet most readable and revealing insight into lives of the scions of a pioneering New Zealand family. Whether farming in Southland or fighting in the South Pacific, these are real people, real places, real action. -Bishop Brian Carrell
DICK TRIPP is a well-known Anglican clergyman (now retired) with many years' experience in parish ministry in the Diocese of Christchurch. He is the author of over 30 books on the Christian faith, and in this remarkable biography he honours his father and mother. christianity.co.nz