1920 Interstate Championships
15 May 1920 Brisbane River QLD
Starters: A C Limpus & I N Devoy
Umpires: F W deLittle & W J Westaway
Judges: R H Ruddle & Hon J F Donovan MLC
Timekeepers: G H R Gill, F Wheeler & D O'Connor
Weights: S Johnston
Organising Committee - Queensland Rowing Association
President: James Clark
Chairman: E Colclough
Hon Secretary: W C Deale
Hon Treasurer: A L Mercer
39th Men's Interstate Eight-Oared Championship–The King's Cup
Margin: 4 & 3 lengths
1st SA - Bow: Harry E Graetz, 2: G M Penny, 3: Walter E H Jarvis, 4: Arthur V Scott, 5: Edward D Thomas, 6: Walter E Pfeiffer, 7: G H S Oliver, Str: William M Sladden, Cox: Robert A Cummings, Emerg: F Cummings, Cch: Edward Higgs, Mgr: J Kitson
2nd WA - Bow: James (Jim) R Sharples, 2: Arthur L Sadler, 3: Thomas Outridge, 4: J McMillan, 5: Thomas J Hughes, 6: T Eilbeck, 7: George W Mettam, Str: George E Rogers, Cox: Bill White, Emerg:Walter Browne, Cchs: James (Jim) Chute, Mgr: Tom Eilbeck
3rd TAS - Bow: R J Clark, 2: J Swift, 3: M Willey, 4: Colin Dean, 5: Allan A Pitt, 6: Arthur Bucirde, 7: Arch R Robb, Str: Fred A House, Cox: A Griggs, Emerg: W McKenzie, Cch: W Needham, Mgr: E C Watchorn
4th NSW - Bow: A Napier, 2: Cyril Callaghan, 3: Archibald S Cox, 4: Thomas McGill, 5: Edwin Holborn, 6: Hector Stevens, 7: Sidney Porter, Str: Stuart S Amess, Cox: Oswald J Wood, Cch: Wally J Furlong, Mgr: Harold G Alderson, Emerg: John (Jack) McQueen
5th VIC - Bow: V M Sullivan, 2; Cecil N McKay, 3: Frederick R Gale, 4: R Weir, 5: E C Sievwright, 6: A V McLaughlan, 7: William L Pincott, Str: J C D'Arcy, Cox: W Brownbill, Emerg: W C Emerson, Cch: Edward Horsburgh, Mgr: Edward Kenny, Selectors: Jim M MacFarlane, B Nolan & Edward Kenny
6th QLD - Bow: Alfred Bodimeade, 2: Alexander Fairlie, 3: Edwin Barcham, 4: Thomas E Canniffe, 5: Daniel McDowell, 6: R Goodwin, 7: Edward Coleman, Str: H N Goodwin, Cox: C McDowell, Cch: Arthur A Watson
The eights race was won comfortably by South Australia who all hailed from the Murray Bridge Rowing Club. They rated 32 off the start and settled to 28 for most of the middle part of the race. They brought up the rate to 30 over the final 3⁄4 mile. After winning the event, the South Australian newspapers and local politicians all sought their immediate selection as the Olympic crew for 1920. Though not required to attend under the rules of competition, Western Australia overcame the cost and also raced making the event a full field for the resumption after the Great War. The weather conditions were ideal.
Men's Interstate Sculling Championship–The President's Cup
Margin: 2 & 10 lengths
1st QLD - Arthur A Baynes
2nd TAS - Gordon A Westbrook
3rd VIC - Jas Barton
4th NSW - Major Goodsell
The sculling race was also won comfortably by Arthur Baynes from Queensland. Baynes went out fast rating 44 and got an early lead on Barton of Victoria. Baynes dropped his rate to 33 and Westbrook drew up level to Baynes whilst both Barton and Goodsell dropped back. The margin between Baynes and Westbrook remained within a length until Baynes made his move with 500 yards to go. The margin went quickly from one length to two as Westbroook had no answer to this move. Baynes had spent some time in Sydney under George Towns in preparation for this event which also doubled as the test race for the 1920 Olympic Games. Baynes advised after the race that he could not attend the Games due to study commitments.
Women's Interstate Four-Oared Championship–The ULVA Trophy
Margin: 1 & 3 lengths
1st SA - Bow: M Field, 2: Gweneth Reed, 3: Edna A Arnold, Str: Dorothy B Arnold, Cox: J Twigg
2nd QLD - Bow: Christine Buzacott, 2: Helena Bruce, 3: Dorothy Petrie, Str: Eleanor Munce, Cox: Mr W Sullivan, Merg: D Law, Cch: E Colclough
3rd NSW - Bow: E Crozier, 2: Lil Lewis, 3: Hilda Brown, Str: Leila Clark, Cox: W Farmer, Emerg: Miss Crozier, Mgr: Chris Kayser
The first official women's championship was conducted at the same time and place as the men's championships and provided good racing. NSW raced well and took the early lead. The South Australians then put on a great effort to row through the NSW crew and take the lead. The Queensland crew also rowed through the NSW crew to gain level terms with the South Australians. The crews used regulation fours, boats with a flat bottom and quite wide.
The South Australians were all from the Mannum Club with stroke and three being sisters. Edna lived and died in Mannum. Dorothy lived and died at Brighton Beach, Victoria in 1989 aged 93. As an aside, Dorothy Bertha Arnold, born 1895 and Edna Alice Arnold born 1897, were daughters of Johan Georg Arnold, probably the most famous of the paddle steamer builders, operators and repairers on the Murray, based at Mannum. He was a Swede who skipped Sweden to escape detention after a workers’ strike of which he was a leader, coming to SA in 1899.
Also notable was the creation of the Australian Women's Rowing Council at this regatta on 13th May 1920. Furthermore, the Queensland United Licensed Victuallers' Association donated a splendid trophy made from 100 silver guineas to be known as the ULVA trophy but more commonly and affectionately known as "Bertha", presumably after the stroke whose middle name was Bertha. It was a fitting trophy for such an important event.
- 1920 Regatta program and subsequent programs for results
- Images from various sources including the regatta program
- Details on the Arnold family come from Richard Maerschel, a relative of a women's four crew member - June 2023.