1891 Rowing Victoria State Championships
Edward Ainley nearly won all three Championships, finishing second in the scull to a non-Victorian and winning the other races.
1891 was one of the great flood years of Melbourne. Some images of the impacts are below.
Champion Men's Scull
1st W J Bridson, Wellington (NZL)
2nd Edward R Ainley, Yarra Yarra
3rd K Ritchie, Tamar (TAS)
4th R Gow, Tamar (TAS)
5th J McRae, Mercantile (NSW)
6th J B Sneider, Yarra Yarra
7th J B Walters, Yarra Yarra
Champion Men's Four
(3 ¼ miles)
1st Yarra Yarra – Bow: Charles W Horsburgh, 2: J Yeomans, 3: Alex Chamley, Str: Edward R Ainley, Cox: V G Petherick
2nd Albert Park
4th Civil Service
Champion Men's Eight
(3 miles 300 yds. - Armfield Challenge Cup)
1st Yarra Yarra – Bow: James McDonald, 2: F Galvin, 3: Charles W Horsburgh, 4: Edward Horsburgh, 5: Arthur H Enticott, 6: James Yeomans, 7: Alex Chamley, Str: Edward R Ainley, Cox: V Petherick
3rd Corio Bay
18th April, 1891. This Yarra Yarra crew received the Armfield Challenge Cup and the first Premiership Pennant, the gift of Mr. George E. Upward. The same crew won the Lorne Whiskey Trophy on 14th March, 1891, afterwards called the Claymore Trophy; Wendouree 2nd; Civil Service 3rd. The Yarra Yarra Rowing Club won this Championship two further times in a row.
The Victorian Oarsman with a Rowing Register, by John Lang, published by A H Massina and Company 1919.
Champion eight photograph from Yarra Yarra Rowing Club.
The flood photos from the Lindblade Collection, Mercantile Rowing Club