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australian rowers profiles and history

James Aitken


James was a Vice-President of Rowing Victoria, then the Victorian Rowing Association, from 1899-1905.

He is thought to be the same James Aitken who was a close associate of Arthur R Blackwood who maintained a significant rowing presence in Victoria. They were both joint managing directors of Dalgety & Co Ltd from 1884, both pastoralists and maintained sporting interests.

One of James' sons George was a keen rower in his youth and this, along with his association with Blackwood, may provide the basis of his rowing connection.

Andrew Guerin
December 2022

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