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William St L Robertson

Oxford University Boat Club (UK)

William St Leonards Robertson was the son of Hon. William Robertson, a prominent Victorian pastoralists who was educated at the High School, Hobart, and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A., 1862) and in 1861 rowed in the winning crew against Cambridge.

Wiliam St L Robertson followed in his father's footsteps and after an education at Geelong Grammar, went up to Wadham College Oxford and raced in The Boat Race for Oxford in 1886. However, unlike his father, his Oxford crew was unsuccessful. 

Known rowing record

1881 - APS Head of the River, Geelong Grammar, bow seat - Eliminated in heat
1882 - APS Head of the River, Geelong Grammar, stroke - First
1886 - The Boat Race, Oxford University, three seat - Second

Andrew Guerin
August 2023


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