Ephraim Tripp

One of the stories from the 2013 project: Who were they? People who shaped Victor Harbor and for whom our parks and reserves are named.

Ephraim Tripp Reserve is in a steep hillside and gully, between Seacrest Avenue, Nevin Avenue and Bluff Crescent, Encounter Bay.

Ephraim Tripp was born about 1866, possibly at Point McLeay Mission in South Australia.

Reliable information about him has been very hard to find. His father’s name is listed as ‘unknown’ but his mother was a highly respected aboriginal woman, Charlotte who later married John McLean.

The mother of Ephraim’s children was Mary Ann Smith but a record of their marriage has not been found. Ephraim and Mary Ann had five children; Florence Maud was born in 1889; Herbert Frank in 1891; Esther Winifred in 1894; Gertrude May in 1896 and the youngest, Dorothy Isobel was born in 1902. Dorothy was an excellent scholar but sadly died when she was only nineteen years old.

Walter Buxton Bruce’s book “They were Trimmers” (Victor Harbor in the 1900) (page 124) records that “Ephraim Tripp was very musical, he played the organ beautifully.” He also noted that the children were very good scholars. They had attended the public school with him.

The Southern Argus, Port Elliot, Thursday 7 September 1911 mentioned that: Mr Ephraim Tripp, the captain of the Harbor Stars, had his collarbone dislocated in the football match at Port Elliot on Saturday last. Ephraim was then about 45 years old.

His brother Walter Mansell Tripp (better known as Mansell Tripp) was also well known in the Encounter Bay area where he also played football and cricket. Mansell Tripp’s marriage to Selina Scott in the Vestry at Point McLeay Mission in 1898 provided the information that his father was Frank Tripp. Presumably Frank Tripp was also Ephraim’s father. Walter and Selina had one son, Algy Tripp. Mansell Tripp later married Julia Polteena in 1906 and thirdly in 1909 at the Mission, married Daisy Tripp, daughter of Bertie Tripp. They had at least seven children, the survivors being Frank Herbert (1916-1933) and another Ephraim Tripp (1921-1968). Ephraim and Mansell’s mother Charlotte survived her second husband John ‘Jack’ McLean. She died at Victor Harbor in 1919.

Ephraim Tripp died in 1944.


  • South Australian Birth Registrations; 1842-1906 & 1907-1928
  • South Australian Marriage Registrations; 1842-1916 & 1917-1937
  • South Australian Death Registrations; 1842-1915 & 1916-1972
  • They Were Trimmers: Victor Harbor in the 1900s by Walter Buxton Bruce
  • Victor Harbor Library Photograph Collection
  • Trove Newspapers: Chronicle Saturday 19 July 1913; Chronicle Thursday 19 March 1931; Advertiser and Register, Friday 20 March 1931