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William H Tuckett

Banks Rowing Club (VIC) and Melbourne Rowing Club (VIC)

1853 Melbourne - 1885 Melbourne

Note to readers: William Henry Tuckett (1853-85) was the second son of William Henry Tuckett (1818-1904). Further there is a prominent rower W H Tuckett who raced for Melbourne Rowing Club at the same time as Tuckett. It is probable that the sculler and the rower are the same person despite sculling for Banks at the same time as rowing for Melbourne. This is because it is unlikely that Tuckett senior successfully sculled into his 60's or there was another person of the same name and interests at the same time. 

As an aside, Tuckett senior was a prominent Melbourne business man who death in 1904 drew great publicity being one of the last links to Early Melbourne and his business of W H Tuckett & Sons, accountants and auditors, being so well known. (As was his earlier auctioneering business Gemmell & Tuckett.) His pall bearers included the Premier and knights of the realm.

Known sculling record 

1876 - Melbourne Regatta, Maiden Scull - First

1878 - Melbourne Regatta, Senior Scull for the Challenge Scull and Australasian Cup - First

1879 - Melbourne Regatta, Senior Scull for the Challenge Scull and Australasian Cup - First

1880 - Melbourne Regatta, Senior Scull for the Challenge Scull and Australasian Cup - First

Having won the sculls three times, Tuckett won the trophy outright. These silver sculls were presented to Melbourne Amateur Regatta Association in 1904, and are now part of the trophy in the Yarra Challenge Cup.

Tuckett sadly died young in 1885 and in his memory, his father donated the Wills Challenge Cup for senior sculls at the Melbourne Regatta in 1886, to be won three times in succession before becoming the winner’s property. Presumably, his son was known as "Wills" to distinguish him from William the father.

Known rowing record of Tuckett the rower

1876 - Melbourne Regatta, Junior Eight, four seat - First

1877 - Melbourne Regatta, Senior Eight, five seat - First

1878 - Melbourne Regatta, Senior Eight, seven seat - First

1878 - Intercolonial Champion Men's Eight, five seat - First

1879 - Intercolonial Champion Men's Eight, five seat - Second

1880 - Intercolonial Champion Men's Eight, five seat - First

1881 - Intercolonial Champion Men's Eight, six seat - First

1882 - Melbourne Regatta, Non-manual labourer Senior Eight, six seat - First

1882 - Intercolonial Champion Men's Eight, six seat - Second

1883 - Melbourne Regatta, Senior Eight, seven seat - First

1883 - Melbourne Regatta, Non-manual labourer Senior Eight, seven seat - First

1883 - Melbourne Regatta, Senior Four, three seat - First (row over)

Andrew Guerin
January 2023

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