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John Rosser

West Australian Rowing Club (WA)

1960 Olympic crew stroked by John Rosser

John was the son of Gra Rosser, a notable WA rower who raced in the Interstate Championships, and John's son Ben also rowed successfully. Gra Rosser's brother  Eric Rosser won the WA Champion Sculls in 1905. A good family lineage in rowing. If we go back yet further in history, Gra's grandfather was a renown cricketer in early Fremantle. The success of the Fremantle cricket team in 1860 was credited to all rounder Alfred Rosser.1

1956 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship – Eliminated in repechage3

1957 - WA Sculling Championship - First3

1957 - Interstate Men's Sculling Championship - Third3

1958 - WA Men's Sculling Championship - Second3

1958 - WA Men's Pair Championship - Second2

1960 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First

1960 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight stroke – eliminated in repechage

1961 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First

1964 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – Third

Andrew Guerin
July 2021


  1. Home and Dry - A History of Rowing in Western Australia by W S Cooper, published by Rowing WA Inc 2008, pages 11 and 59
  2. Ditto, page 135
  3. Ditto, page 14

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