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Australian Rowing History

A Comprehensive History of Australian Rowing

Find out who rowed in events and the results they achieved. Read about selection and racing issues. See the trends and growth in rowing in Australia.

Index to this History

About This History

Australians in International Events

Australian Championships

School Rowing

Australian Rowing Associations

Rowing Club Histories

Profiles & Significant Events

Other Histories to Come

  • Boat builders Of Australia
  • Rowing courses of Australia
  • Exhibitions of rowing paraphernalia

 

News & Latest Additions

Pulling Through: The Story of the King's Cup

The Story of the Kings Cup

This new book by Bruce Coe tells the fascinating story behind the winning of the 1919 King’s Cup by the Australian Imperial Forces No. 1 crew. You can read more about the book and order it online.

February 2022

This month we see the following interesting additions:

  • A short history of the Balmain Working Men's Rowing Club (later Enterprise Rowing Club) by Beverley Malone, the Balmain Rowing Club archivist. This club thrived pre WWI winning the NSW Champion Eights in 1913. Sadly a devastating fire destroyed the Club in 1917 and it never recovered.
  • Much effort has been put into rower profiles this month with many interesting stories added.
    • Firstly the profiles of the 1972 and 1976 rowing Olympians have been added which include the very sad stories of selected Olympians Brian Denny and Ian McWhirter, Brian dying before the Games and Ian shortly thereafter. 
    • More great school coaches have been added this month with Lindsay Southcott from SA, Ian Luxford from QLD and Michael Morgan from NSW, all also involved with our Olympic rowing. Thanks to Colin Smith for Lindsay Southcott's profile.
    • Included in the interesting historical profiles is the Cazaly family, brothers James, Peter and John. We thank Kate Elliott for bringing these to light. They were leading lights in early Victorian rowing. James was regarded as the best oarsman and sculler by many of that time, and was also the father of Roy Cazaly of AFL fame.
    • Finally, a Rockhampton oarsman William D'Arcy who is regarded by Prof Geoff Blainey as one of the most influential men in the Middle East since Mohammed. Find out why.

January 2022

The New Year brings the following new items to the history.

December 2021

December 2021 brings the following new items to the site.

  • A new chapter has been added, Peter Bond's history of the NSW Central Districts Rowing Association. Thank you Peter for making this work available to the site and thank you Hope Stewart for the design work. The Central Districts Clubs are numerous in number and are a key part of NSW rowing.
  • Rowing profiles continue to be added at a good rate and thank you to Kate Elliott for her continued stream of Ballarat City rower profiles. An interesting story added for Thomas Gilchrist, who had a small but important part in the federation of Australia. He was also a foundation member of Mercantile Rowing Club.
  • Also, more Victorian APS Head of the River results and pages are regularly being added.
  • Considerable updates to the Brisbane Schoolgirls Rowing Association regatta have been added. 

November 2021

Already in November the following new items have been added.

  • Conversion of the World Junior Championships chapter over to the new site. Thank you to Hope Stewart, our web designer.
  • A new chapter has been added, Peter Bond's history of the NSW Combined High School Championships together with results. Thank you Peter for making this work available to the site and thank you Hope Stewart for the design work.
  • Yet more rower profiles added to make now 1250 completed. Continued thank you to Kate Elliott who has continued to provide Ballarat City rower profiles. New profiles are always sought and can be sent to the publisher at any time for publication.
  • More work will continue in November on other chapters.

October 2021

More work continues during October and includes:

  • Conversion of the Commonwealth Games chapter over to the new site. 
  • Addition of the following short histories of Victorian rowing clubs: Dimboola, Horsham, Lake Colac and Yea Rowing Clubs.
  • Yet more rower profiles added to the 1200 already published. Another 10,000 remain in various stages of completion. New profiles are always sought and can be sent to the author at any stage for publication. Kate Elliott is continuing to provide more Ballarat City Rowing Club profiles.
  • 1924, 1944, 1947 and 1964 Ballarat Head of the Lake results, names and images
  • Much work is being undertaken on the APS Head of the River which will become apparent shortly.

September 2021

More work continued during September and included:

  • Addition of the impressive Newcastle Rowing Club (NSW) history by Colin Charters which incorporates an excellent history of early competitive rowing in the Hunter region.
  • Addition of the following short histories of defunct Victorian rowing clubs and associations: Antwerp Rowing Club, Heidelberg City Rowing Club, Jeparit Rowing Club and the West Wimmera Rowing Association.
  • Yet more rower profiles added to the 1200 already published. Another 10,000 remain in various stages of completion. New profiles are always sought with more Ballarat City Rowing Club profiles added this month by Kate Elliott and more Antwerp and Jeparit Rowing Club profiles added by Graham Drage.
  • Much work is being undertaken on the APS Head of the River which will become apparent shortly.

August 2021

More work continued during August despite there being much rowing activity. This work included:

  • Addition of Paralympic results and commentary
  • Another 80 rower profiles added to the 1100 already published. Another 10,000 remain in various stages of completion. New profiles are always sought with Ballarat City Rowing Club profiles added this month by Kate Elliott and Antwerp and Jeparit Rowing Club profiles added by Graham Drage.
  • Tasmanian SATIS Head of the River continues but we seek more information for this regatta from competitors.

July 2021

Some of the more significant additions have been in the following areas.

Much more will be added over the coming months.

June 2021

The author, web designer and the researchers of this website have been busy. 

Some of the more significant additions have been in the following areas.

Much more will be added over the coming months.

 

See our past news and past additions.

 

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