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australian rowers profiles and history

Jack W Webster

South Melbourne Rowing Club (VIC)

1946- Interstate Men's Eight Championship bow- First

1947- Interstate Men's Eight Championship bow- First

1948- Olympic Games- Men's Coxed Four bow - eliminated in repechage

1950- British Empire Games- Men's Coxless Pair bow- Gold

Joined his club in the early 1940's and became very successful. He raced successfully in a pair with his club President Dudley Williamson for a long time. As a protected tradesman in WWII, a ships plumber, he was sent to Darwin. After the war, he continued his father's plumbing business.


The laconic Jack Webster

Webster has been the only Australian representative of his Club. He was a unique person and a true character of the sport. He was laconic as the photo demonstrates below, humorous, tough, head strong, individualistic and skilful to name some of his traits. He died after being run over by a train at a railway crossing and fellow club member Brian Dalton is famously quoted as saying "It took the bloody Geelong freight train to kill him".

Andrew Guerin 2011


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