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australian rowers profiles and history

John R Towns

Mosman Rowing Club (NSW)

1908 - Interstate Men's Sculling Championship - Second

1909 - Interstate Men's Sculling Championship - First

John Robert Towns (1882-1968), was a younger brother of George and Charlie Towns who emulated his siblings with an impressive winning record as a young man in regattas in Newcastle around the turn of the century. Moving to Sydney, he was a member of Sydney Mercantile RC when he represented NSW in the race for amateur sculling championship of Australia in 1908 before winning the title in Brisbane in 1909. Although winning it was reported that he did not row well, having a bad fault of 'hanging' at the catch and finish. 

John Towns from 1908 Interstate Championships program

Colin Charters
Extracted from his book Just Add Water - the Times an Tides of Newcastle Rowing Club, published by Seaview Press 2009

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