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Henry (Harry) Kenneth Goyen

Derwent Rowing Club, now Derwent Mercantile Collegiate Rowing Club (TAS)

Died 30 April 19581

Goyen was a prominent rower pre WWI for the Derwent Rowing Club and a prominent coach after WWI.

He served in WWI joining up in 1915 at the age of 26. He was noted as a printer, 6 foot tall, 82 kgs, bachelor, fair skinned and yellowish hair.

Serving with distinction at Gallipoli, Egypt and France, he was quickly promoted to Corporal, the Sargeant, then Warrant Officer before being sent to officer school and being promoted to Second Lieutenant and finally Lieutenant by the end of the war.1

Before returning home, he was transferred to AIF Sports Control Board to compete in the rowing section at the Henley Peace Regatta.

In 1918 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his valuable service to the war. He married in London in 1918 under the name Harry Kenneth Goyen so was obviously known as Harry. He returned to Australia with his new wife and child.1

1912 Tasmanian crew

Rowing details:

1912 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship, two seat - Second

1919 - Henley Peace Regatta, one of the initial 12 rowers identified by the AIF Sports Control Board for AIF rowing. In the end, he did not compete.2

1921 - Tasmanian Men's Eight Championship3

1927 - Australian University Men's Eight Championship, coach - Third

1928 - Australian University Men's Eight Championship, coach - Fourth

1929 - Australian University Men's Eight Championship, coach - Sixth

Steve Roll and Andrew Guerin
July 2021


  1. National Archives of Australia WWI service records B2455 -
  2. Pulling Through, The story of the King's Cup by Bruce Coe, published by Andrew Guerin 2019
  3. Hobart Mercury, Mon 7th March page 8

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