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rowing victoria state championships

1900-1901 Rowing Victoria State Championships

Charles Donald again prevented Mercantile taking out all three Championships.


Champion Men's Scull

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 19:07
Margin: 2 lengths

1st Charles Donald, Albert Park

2nd Percy C Ivens, Mercantile

3rd C E P McNamara, Mercantile

This Championship was raced on 27th October 1900. The race by Ivens was regarded as "plucky" which would indicate the strength and experience of Donald to win against such stiff opposition.

Champion Men's Pair

(1 mile)

Time: 7:00

1st Mercantile – Bow: Percy C Ivens, Str: Alex B Sloan, Cox: None recorded

2nd Ballarat City

3rd Ballarat

4th Wendouree

This Championship was conducted at Ballarat and was the first Championship conducted on this course.

Champion Men's Four

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: 17:47

1st Mercantile – Bow: Percy C Ivens, 2: William Potter, 3: Jack Southern, Str: Alex B Sloan, Cox: Lisle Jones

2nd Albert Park

Mercantile's Champion Four

This race was conducted on the Lower Yarra on 24th November 1900.

Champion Men's Eight

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: 14:26
Margin: 2 lengths

1st Mercantile – Bow: Abraham R Moses, 2: C E P Macnamara, 3: Percy C Ivens, 4: Barclay G Connor, 5: C W Hazard, 6: William Potter, 7: Jack Southern, Str: Alex B Sloan, Cox: Lisle Jones

2nd Albert Park - Bow: C Powell, 2: A Hesford, 3: J Cockbill, 4: E Tulloch, 5: C MacDonald, 6: Charles Donald, 7: Alex Chamley, Str:  James Donald, Cox: A Miller

The Mercantile winning eight

Mercantile leading Albert Park on the Lower Yarra followed by the spectator steamer

This race was conducted on the Lower Yarra on 29th March 1901. The Victorian Rowing Association premiership also rested on the result of this Championship. Therefore Mercantile finished the season well with three of the four Championships and the premiership.


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

Mercantile Rowing Club Annual Report

Photos from Mercantile Rowing Club

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