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History of 1919 Peace Regatta

1959 Interstate Championships

Men's: 18 Apr 1959, Swan River WA
Women's: 2 May 1959, Parramatta River NSW

Photos 1959 Interstate Championships Photo Gallery

1959 programme

1959 Programme Cover for the Men's Interstate Championships

 A big crowd of 50,000 watched both this event and the local schools championships which was raced at the same regatta. 

Index to Results

PDF copies of the 1959 men's program and the 1959 men's teams program can be found through these links.

Full definition copies of the photographs for these championships can be found on the Australian Rowing Images website.

Organising Committee & Officials

Organising Committee: Ralph Jeffreys (Manager), James A Child, George W Mettam & Malcolm H Pamment

Starters: J W Lang (2 1/2 & 3 miles), George H Yewers (2000m)

Umpires & Timekeepers: Eddy K Edwards & P H King

Judges: Malcolm H Pamment, James A Child & George W Mettam

Marshalling Steward: Robert G Semple

Weight Steward: Robert C Hemery

Official Recorder: E F Jackson

71st Men's Interstate Eight-Oared Championship–The King's Cup

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 15.34
Margins: 4, 2, 5 & 3 lengths

1st NSW - Bow: Ralfe Currall, 2: John Hudson, 3: Kenneth Railton, 4: Victor Schweikert, 5: Graeme (Mick) Allan, 6: Max Annett, 7: Edward Curtain, Str: Peter Waddington, Cox: Lionel Robberds, Emerg: Bruce Evans, Cchs: Peter Evatt & Phil Cayzer, Mgr: Frank McLeod
2nd VIC - Bow: Hubert R Frederico, 2: James G Howden, 3: David H Boykett, 4: Graeme A McCall, 5: John Hunt, 6: W Neville Howell, 7: William S Arnold, Str: Geoff M Taylor, Cox: John Cockbill, Coach: Robert R Aitken, Emerg: Ian E Douglas & Paul M Guest, Manager Tom Rodda, Selectors: Ron J March, Lloyd S Williams & coach.
3rd WA - Bow: Milton A Francis, 2: Brian W Flemming, 3: Brian V Coughlan, 4: Frank J Lowry, 5: John R Ledder, 6: Peter Hall, 7: Ken H Butt, Str: Brian L Colbran, Cox: Terence Scook, Emergs: Don F Lewis & Alan F Gent, Cch: Ken D Grant, Mgr: Jan E Hosking
4th TAS - Bow: J Reid, 2: D J Bourke, 3: K Dawkins, 4: P H Burgess, 5: A Johnstone, 6: K Burgess, 7: Donald F Flakemore, Str: R McMullen, Cox: E Holloway, Emerg: S A Wilson, Cch: J M Grace, Mgr: C A Fowler
5th SA - Bow: R Cornelius, 2: B Hannaford, 3: Lindsay Southcott, 4: G Clode, 5: Cliff Graetz, 6: Bruce Robertson, 7: Bryan Draper, Str: David Glanville, Cox: G Cuell, Emerg: Robert Russell, Cch: Jack Bollen, Mgr: P L Baulderstone

In the eights race Victoria led for the first mile but were then passed by NSW who were then never troubled for the rest of the race. Many of the Victorians crew had been ill in the week prior to racing and were unable to maintain their speed in the second half of the race.

The winning New South Wales crew and team members

Victorious NSW Crew and Team Members

Back row: Ken Railton, Peter Waddington, Lionel Robberds with Cup. Second row: Bruce Evans, Ted Curtain, Max Annett, Phil Cayzer (coach), John Hudson (obscured), Vic Schweikert, Graeme (Mick) Allen. Front row: Bill Hatfield (sculler), Frank McLeod (manager), Ralfe Currall

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

Time: 15.31.5
Distance: 2 1/2 miles
Margin: 17 secs

1st NSW - William Hatfield
2nd TAS - Graham Squires
3rd WA - Gerry M Hubbard
4th VIC - Nick Smith
5th QLD - Russell H McLellan

The sculling championship saw Hatfield take the lead after the first 100 yards and was never in doubt thereafter. The Victorian sculler had his boat smashed in transit to WA and was kindly loaned a boat by Gerry Hubbard.

William Hatfield receives the President's Cup

Men's Interstate Lightweight Four Championship–The Penrith Cup

Time: 7.01.5
Distance: 2000m
Margins: 2 1/2, 2 1/2 & 6 lengths

1st WA - Bow: Richard (Dick) A Child, 2: George B Backhouse, 3: Alan Martin, Str: Don O'Brien, Cox: Gary J Bowler, Emergs: Geoff L Storey & Kevin C Duke, Cch: Dr W Jim Pannell
2nd NSW - Bow: Ray Bushell, 2: Kevin Boyle, 3: John Henderson, Str: Robert Ritchie, Cox: Alf McLaren, Emerg: Colin Bullard, Cch: Bert Harding
3rd VIC - Bow: Robert Tanner, 2: D Dunn, 3: George Taylor, Str: Lance Gallagher, Cox: Eddie Jones, Cch: Wally Graham, Emerg: C Strode
4th SA - Bow: L Wallace, 2: R Connell, 3: P Blank, Str: F Tothill, Cox: W Carter, Cch: Jack Bollen

The lightweight fours saw WA go out early leaving the rest of the field in it's wake. NSW tried hard in the first 1000m to follow but the race was over with WA taking an easy victory. It was the first championship won by WA in WA.

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

Distance: 3/4 Mile
Time: 4.47.4
Margins: 1/2 length and 3 lengths

1st NSW - Bow: Pat O'Reilly, 2: Margaret Agnew, 3: Jacquie Bonner, Str: Isa Schroeder, Cox: Jim Cook, Cch: R F "Bob" Saville
2nd VIC
3rd QLD - Bow: H Wenk, 2: V Haapakoski, 3: B Window, Str: N Watson, Cox: Mr K Cordie, Cch: Mr J Mansfield

The NSW women again won well but not without a challenge from the Victorians.


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

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