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Australian Rowing History

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.

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