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Henry (Harry) H Dutton

Oxford University Boat Club (UK)

(13 February 1879 – 15 June 1932)

1900 - The Boat Race, Oxford, bow - Second

His Wikipedia page referenced 14th June 2021, refers to him as a South Australian pastoralist, remembered for in 1908 making the first automobile journey from Adelaide to Port Darwin.

It goes on to record:

He was born in North Adelaide, the son of Henry Dutton, the "Squire of Anlaby" (1844 – 26 August 1914), and studied at St. Peter's College, Lancing College, Essex, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he rowed against Cambridge and graduated MA.

He inherited the pastoral property "Anlaby", near Kapunda in 1914 from his father. He was a keen motorist and in November 1907 attempted the trip to Darwin with noted cyclist-mechanic Murray Aunger (1878–1953) in a 20–24 h.p. Talbot, but was forced to abandon the car when it broke down near Tennant Creek. Dutton and Aunger again left Adelaide on 30 June 1908 in a similar vehicle and were joined en route by Ernest Allchurch (c.1870–1932) the Telegraph Officer from Alice Springs. The three completed the journey on 20 August, having recovered the first Talbot on the way. The car and its steel-studied Michelin tyres were reported as having performed flawlessly. In 1921 he and his wife motored from Oodnadatta to Katherine; she was the first woman to make that trip.

He and T. L. Browne purchased Corona Station in 1910, and sold it to Sidney Kidman in 1917.

Andrew Guerin
June 2021

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