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Harold J Scott

Yarra Yarra Rowing Club (VIC)

Harold John Scott  28 September 1921 - 8 January 1997

Member 1945/46 - 1996/97

Committee 1947/48, 1953/54, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1959/60 - 1963/64, 1965/66

Assistant secretary 1954/55, 1955/56

No recorded regatta wins.

From the YYRC newsletter 'Yarra Yabbie' no65, 1997-1-20


Harold John Scott born 28 September 1921 died 8 January 1997

Harold joined Yarra Yarra in mid to late 1940’s and was a member for approximately 50 years. Whilst never reaching great heights as an oarsman, Harold maintained his strong interest in the sport of rowing all of his life as evident from his long association with Yarra Yarra.

During the 1950’s, Harold served on the committee and then took on the position of social treasurer. a position he held for some years and which his meticulous attention to accounting for club funds in those days of pounds, shillings and pence held Yarra in good stead.

 Harold then went overseas for a few years, but always kept his interest in Yarra and the sport in general. On his return, he rejoined the club activities and was a regular attendee at all club functions up until his last illness.

Harold was also a regular spectator at Kings Cups and National regattas over many years. He was a generous financial supporter of the club and a regular sponsor of Yarra Yarra regattas. Outside rowing, he took a strong interest at Masonry and was a past Master of the Lodge of Judan, and a member of the Masonic choir.

In many ways, Yarra Yarra and the world in general will be much poorer by the passing of Harold John Scott.

From the 1996/97 YYRC annual report:-

The committee & regrets to announce the passing of Harold Scott on 7th January, 1997.

Harold was associated with Yarra Yarra Rowing Club for over 50 years, during which time he rowed competitively for the club, acting in a lengthy administration role, and supported both the club and the sport of rowing up until the time of his death.

Harold’s rowing days whilst full of earnest endeavor never reached great heights, however it was in his role of social treasurer that, he proved his true worth to the club. Harold was meticulous in accounting for every penny of social funds in the days when every penny counted and successfully ran monthly dances to assist the club in purchasing equipment. Although being overseas for a few years in the 1960’s Harold retained his interest in rowing and on his return rejoined the club. From that time onwards Harold remained active in attending club functions, regattas and many Interstate Kings Cup trips. Indeed his last outing was to attend the reception at the Melbourne Town Hall for the Victorian Rowing Competitors at the Atlanta Olympic Games.

Harold was a true blue supporter of Yarra Yarra and the sport of rowing, both are poorer by his passing. “Vale Harrold Scott.”

Harold 2nd from right 1984 annual dinner Hardware Club.

Jim Skidmore
June 2024

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