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A short summary of Charles Uphams life

Charles Upham was born in Christchurch on 21 September 1908 and educated at Christ's College and Lincoln College where he earned a Diploma in Agriculture. In 1930 he began his life in the high country and hills of the Hurunui District where he mustered and shepherded. It built Upham into a man of wiry strength and great physical endurance. He learnt about the land and nature and improved his natural skills of observation and survival. He accepted difficulties as part of normal life as things one had to surmount, which he did with total disregard for personal comfort. He joined the Government Valuation Department in 1937 and continued to tramp the countryside where his physical toughness was legendary with his fellow workers. He returned to Lincoln College in 1939 but his studies were interrupted when he volunteered for the NZ army at the outbreak ofW.W.II in September 1939.

Charles Upham was married to Molly McTamney in 1945. From 1946 to 1993 they lived and farmed on their property 'Lansdown' at Conway Flat and raised three daughters. He made a valuable contribution to his local community  but perhaps the lasting memory will be of a man who had forthright views but an ability to discuss issues with anybody.

Accurate observation and his natural ability to understand the lie of the land served Charles Upham equally well whether mustering sheep or planning a military attack. Many other New Zealand soldiers had also learnt about living with the harsh environment of the high country but Captain Upham adapted this knowledge and coupled with his calculated determination, loyalty and sense of what was needed to be done, became an exceptional leader as well as friend of his men.

Charles Upham was a shy, courageous, determind man whose principals are an example tp everyone. we will remember him.

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First Names:Charles
Last Name:Upham
Place of Birth:Christchurch
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