Two years on from the tragic Cluden Station homestead fire

Rural Exchange 29/07/2018

Ben Purvis, from Cluden Station near Tarras, is this week's Rural Exchange Character of the Country.

Mr Purvis and his brother are the fifth generation on the 10,000-hectare property made up mainly of merino sheep.

They've run the farm for the past 10 years, taking over when their father Neil Purvis (ex-All Black winger) passed away.

Two years ago the family homestead burnt down in a horrific fire. The 120-year-old building was quickly engulfed in flames.

Tarras Chief Fire Officer Mark Davidson said there was one good thing to come out of the fire.

"Most importantly, no-one got hurt," Mr Davidson told ODT at the time of the blaze.

Mr Purvis joined RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange to chat about life at Cluden Station, and his fathers' involvement in the 1981 Springbok tour.

Watch the full interview with Ben Purvis above.

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