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History of 1919 Peace Regatta

1890 Intercolonial Championships

29 Nov, Parramatta River NSW

1890 programme

Programme Cover

Ref: 1890 IC 1

The 1890 Intercolonial Championship Programme cover reads:

New South Wales Rowing Association.

Fourteenth Annual Intercolonial
Eight-Oar Contest,

Queensland, Victoria & New South Wales,

To be Rowed over the Champion Course,
Parramatta River,

On Saturday Nov. 29th, 1890.

Steamers leave Floating Jelly, Circular Quay,
at 3.30 p.m. Race to start punctually
from Ryde Bridge at 4.30 p.m.

At the kind invitation of the Messrs. Rignold
the visiting crews will witness the production of
Merry Wives of Windsor,
at Her Majesty's Theatre,
on the evening of the race.

14th Men's Intercolonial Eight-Oared Championship

3 miles 330 yards
Time: 18.45.5

1st VIC – Bow: W Hatch, 2: C Poynter, 3: F G Payne, 4: Arthus G Jenkins, 5: F James, 6: William Watson, 7: C S Cunningham, Str: R B "Bob" Nicolson, Cox: V Petherick, Emerg: W Robb, Cch: Walter Bray. Average weight 11st 4lb.
2nd QLD – Bow: F W de Little, 2: W E Molle, 3: H T Bell, 4: F M Armstrong, 5: Arthur H G Drury, 6: Colin B P Bell, 7: E Colclough, Str: W A D Bell, Cox: F Slawson, Cch: Joshua T Bell. ( In Referee 26 Nov 1891, the coach in Sydney was reported as being the six man, Colin Bell.) Average weight 11st 8lb.
3rd NSW – Bow: A E Hopgood, 2: J Murray, 3: J A Read, 4: F A Styche, 5: W Moore, 6: Louis J O’Rourke, 7: John Collins, Str: Nat J McDonald, Cox: J (Sid) Hellings. Average weight 11st 6lb.

This was one of more interesting Interstate Championship races ever rowed. It was raced in rough conditions. Queensland started well taking the lead from the other two states. NSW was swamped half way through the race and withdrew. Victoria then started working their way through the Queensland lead but was repelled by Queensland who maintained a two length lead.

About a quarter of a mile from the finish, Queensland was hit with a significant wash from a passing steamer and the two seat blade was snapped. To minimize the impact of carrying him, the two man jumped overboard. The Victorians made the best of the situation surviving the wash and passed the Queensland crew.


  • Regatta program copied from the Rowing NSW records
  • The Victorian Oarsman by John Lang published by Massina & Co 1919

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