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History of 1919 Peace Regatta

1954 Interstate Championships

Women's: 10 Apr 1954 Yarra River VIC
Men's: 1 May 1954 Derwent River TAS

Photos 1954 Interstate Championships Photo Gallery

1954 programme

1954 Programme Cover for the Men's Interstate Championships

Index to Results

A PDF copy of the 1954 men's regatta program can be found through this link.

Full definition images of these championships can be found on the Australian Rowing Images website.

Regatta Officials

Starters: T Fagg & B Menzie
Umpires: F Fazackerley, G F Sorell, E Elrick & P Scanlon
Judges: A A Pitt & A Willett
Timekeepers: N M Blundstone & A J Golding
Despatch Stewards: L R Hale & K Duncan
Clerk of Scales: D Hammond
Results Steward: G Lawler
ABC Commentators: R G Blundstone, K Dakin & B Symons

66th Men's Interstate Eight-Oared Championship–The King's Cup

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 14.14
Margins: 1.5 and 0.25 lengths

1st VIC - Bow: Don M Christie, 2: Lloyd S Williams, 3: Adrian C Monger, 4: Warwick O Granowski, 5: Garth O V Manton, 6: W Neville Howell, 7: John S Rowe, Str: Brian J Doyle, Cox: J Bruce Mitchell, Emergency: Max F Shaw, Cch: Norman Cairnes, Mgr: W Ray B Todd, Selectors: Robert R Aitken, Ron J March & coach
2nd NSW - Bow: Richard B Browne, 2: Ernie W Chapman, 3: Don R Palmer, 4: A John Rodgers, 5: Geoff Williamson, 6: David R Anderson, 7: Nimrod Greenwood, Str: Phil A Cayzer, Cox: Gordon S Parry, Cch: Jack A Goulding, Mgr: Oswald (Ossie) N Rosevear
3rd QLD - Bow: R Anderson, 2: Ron Green, 3: J Ken Goswell, 4: G Shambrook, 5: M Maher, 6: Fred Jaques, 7: Robert (Bob) Barrett, Str: Ray Green, Cox: Ron Smithers, Cch & Mgr: Harry Green
4th TAS - Bow: I A Moy, 2: J M Grace, 3: R C McQuilkin, 4: Harry C Wells, 5: R H O'Shea, 6: B W Law, 7: D E Heron, Str: Frank L Heron, Cox: C A Williams, Emergs: A P Goss & W MacMichael, Cch: Ivan Short, Mgr: Malcolm H Will
5th WA - Bow: Brian Smith, 2: Lyle V Gering, 3: Don J Ross, 4: Pat Fitzsimmon, 5: John A McMeekin, 6: Terrence R Davies, 7: Jack Gartner, Str: R G (Bob) Semple, Cox: Terry Scook, Emerg: Richard (Dick) A Child, Cch: E K (Eddy) Edwards, Mgr: Ralph Jeffries
6th SA - Bow: Pat T Crowe, 2: M P Tiddy, 3: Ian A Jamieson, 4: G T Brice, 5: Bryan S Draper, 6: K Burke, 7: William M Harvey, Str: F G O'Brien, Cox: A C Davis, Emerg: D White, Cch: Jack H Bollen, Mgr: A A Bottroff

The conditions for this event were again extremely rough with a strong tail breeze with the last 3/4 mile almost unrowable. The course record was broken. SA sank after the finish line and the other crews took on a lot of water during the last part of the race. The attached pictures taken over this rough last section of the race are telling. Victoria started well and took a length off the other crews led by Queensland in the first half mile. The lead was extended to two lengths over Queensland by the half way mark. NSW were able to row through Queensland into second place but were never able to shake themselves clear of them.

The victorious Victorian crew

Bow: Don M Christie, 2: Lloyd S Williams, 3: Adrian C Monger, 4: Warwick O Granowski, 5: Garth O V Manton, 6: W Neville Howell, 7: John S Rowe, Str: Brian J Doyle, Cox: J Bruce Mitchell

Men's Interstate Sculling Championship–The President's Cup

Time: 16.12.0
Margins: 5 & 12 lengths

1st WA - Gerry Hubbard
2nd QLD - Barry Green
3rd NSW - Peter M Evatt
4th TAS - Barry J Foster

The sculling race started in smooth water and then deteriorated into very difficult conditions. The four scullers raced well in the calm conditions with less than 2 lengths separating the scullers. However in the rough conditions, the two lighter scullers managed the tail conditions better with Hubbard taking a good lead at the finish. The conditions favoured these scullers over the longer stroking heavier scullers. The result was described as a "boil over".

Men's Interstate Pair Oared Championship

Distance: 2000 m
Time: 7.37
Margin 2.5 lengths

1st NSW - Bow: William J Rodgers, Str: C Warwick Mahoney, Cox: Gordon S Parry, Cch: Jack A Goulding
2nd TAS - Bow: R H Stephenson, Str: H C Guest, Cox: Tom A Darcey, Cch: W D Gibson
QLD - entered but did not start

Men's Interstate Double Scull Championship

Distance: 2000 m
7 min 37 secs Row over won by WA

WA: - Bow: Les R Alp, Str: George Frizzell

Women's Interstate Four-Oared Championship–The ULVA Trophy

Distance: 3/4 Mile
Time: 4.45.4
Margins: 2 & 1 lengths

1st QLD - Bow: Clarice Anderson, 2: Joan Dorrough, 3: Joan Green, Str: Mona Tierney, Cox: Mr Joe Smithers, Cch: Mr J Ken Goswell
2nd NSW - Bow: Margaret Agnew, 2: Eileen Davis, 3: Tessie Howard, Str: Hazel Horth, Cox: Lionel Robberds, Cch: Alec Wilson
3rd VIC

Queensland started well and got a slight lead at the start. By half way, the lead had extended to 2 lengths, the margin at the finish. The Tweed Heads & Coolangatta Rowing Club appears now to be competing for Queensland in both men's and women's events.


  • Regatta program
  • Victorian Rowing Association annual report
  • Author's records

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