1898-99 Rowing Victoria State Championships
Champion Men's Scull
1st Charles Donald, Albert Park
2nd G Browne, Essendon
Champion Men's Four
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
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
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