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australian rowers profiles and history

Andy Currie

Sandy Bay Rowing Club (TAS) then Yarra Yarra Rowing Club (VIC)

Joined in 1932/33 

Committee 1933/34—34/35, 38/39.  69/70—72/73.

Vice-captain 1935/36 36/37

Rejoinder 1964/65

Life member 1968/69

Vice president 1974/75---78/79

Passed away 1978/79

Only recorded win:-

1931 - Metropolitan regatta lightweight maiden eight (bow)

Andy had a four named after him.

From the 1978/79 Yarra Yarra Rowing Club annual report:-

It is with deep regret and a great sense of loss we report the passing pf one of our best known and respected members Andy Currie.

Andy passed away after a brief illness shortly after his 80th birthday, which was held at the clubhouse last July. The number of Yarra members and oarsmen from kindred clubs who attended his funeral, was an indication of his respect and affection in which he was held.

Andy, like two other past stalwarts of the club, Joe Coe and Leysham Williams, joined Yarra from Sandy Bay club in Tasmania, and rowed successfully as a lightweight during the depression years. In his later years he became an identity at regattas both throughout Victoria and Australia, as well as hardly missing a Sunday morning at the clubhouse.

To commemorate Andy’s name, a plaque has been placed in the North East corner of the clubhouse where he always sat on Sunday mornings, and it has been named Andy’s corner. However, to those of us who were fortunate enough to know him, a plaque is not necessary for us to retain memories of the good fellowship and great times we enjoyed with him.

To his family, whom we know well, we extend now, as we did at his passing, our sincere condolences.

Jim Skidmore
June 2024

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