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George W Smith

Footscray City Rowing Club and Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)

The 1959-60 Mercantile annual report recorded the following obituary of George Smith.

It is with regret we have to record the passing early this year of George W. Smith, a Vice-President of this Club.

His active rowing days were spent with the Footscray Rowing Club, where he was a successful oarsman and for many years a Life Member of that Club. 

George joined Mercantile in the late 1920's, and for more than a decade was one of our leading and successful coaches. In later years he was a regular spectator at races on the Yarra, and maintained his interest in rowing to the end.

Rowing can ill afford to lose such a follower of the sport.

1932 Mercantile Champion Junior Eight presentation to George Smith

Andrew Guerin
February 2023

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