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rowing victoria state championships

1898-99 Rowing Victoria State Championships


Champion Men's Scull

(3 miles)

Time: 23:19

1st Charles Donald, Albert Park

2nd G Browne, Essendon

Champion Sculler Charles Donald

Champion Men's Four

Row Over


1st Albert Park – Bow: C H Powell, 2: Charles Donald, 3: Alex Chamley, Str: James Donald, Cox: J H Counihan 

Mercantile Rowing Club which had won this Championship in the previous three years, was unable to boat a crew this year leaving Albert Park with a row over win. The Championship was conducted on 4th February 1899.

Champion Men's Eight

(3 miles)

Time: 21:55

1st Ballarat – Bow: J B Suffren, 2: J Blackburn, 3: E J Ryan, 4: P C Shoppee, 5: A Hall, 6: H C Tonner, 7: W D Dawson, Str: A Dawson, Cox: B Arnold

2nd Albert Park

3rd Yarra Yarra

4th Banks

The race was conducted on 25th March 1899 on the Lower Yarra. The race was described as an interested struggle.


The Victorian Oarsman with a Rowing Register, by John Lang, published by A H Massina and Company 1919.

Mercantile Rowing Club Annual Report

Charles Donald photograph from the Andrew Guerin collection

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