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Harry Mahoney

Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)

The following obituary was extracted from the Club's 2016-17 annual report.

Harry was born 1923 in humble circumstances, left school early and became a fitter and turner. He later specialised in the heat treatment of metal and understandably metallur­gy was his passion. He set up his own steel heat treatment company in 1955. 

He met his wife June on a blind date at a dance. 

Amongst his other interests he was very keen amateur builder and squash player. He built the Moorabbin Squash Centre and had a squash court at home. 

Harry joined Mercantile 1945 at same time as Thrasher Richardson and raced in many post war crews. He loved his time at the Club and was a frequent visitor to the Club throughout his life. He was proud of his assistance of the Oarsome Foursome back in 1992 in their early stages of success. 

A generous and thoughtful person who was a Meres man to the core. 

Known racing record

1945 - First race in a novice four, albeit unsuccessfully

1945-48 - many unsuccessful races in maiden fours and eights.

1948 - Melbourne Regatta, Maiden Eight, two seat - First

Andrew Guerin
February 2023

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