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rowing victoria state championships

1904-1905 Rowing Victoria State Championships

The Championships were as usual conducted on various dates. The Champion Scull was conducted on the Lower Yarra on 8th October 1904, the Champion Pair was conducted on 3rd December 1904, the Champion Four on 19th November 1904 (on the Lower Yarra) and the Champion Eight on 25th March 1905.


Champion Men's Scull

(2½ miles)

Time: 19:11

1st Percy C Ivens, Mercantile

2nd Harold D Brash, Mercantile

Champion Men's Pair

(1 mile)

Time: 7:23
Margins: 4 lengths and 5 lengths

1st Nagambie – Bow: F Catlin, Str: W Heath, Cox: W Fawcett

2nd Albert Park

3rd Yarra Yarra

The Nagambie Rowing Club history "A Century of Rowing" by Elaine Lodding records this race win as a surprise. The Albert Park pair were considered the clear favourites. The starter was Mr A H Enticott and he got the crews away well. Nagambie went out to a half length lead early and increased that to two lengths by the half mile and went on to win comfortably by four lengths. 

Champion Men's Four

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: 14:21
Margin: Not known but the margin was described as close between first and second.

1st Albert Park – Bow: Henry J Whiting, 2: Charles Donald, 3: Alex Chamley, Str: James Donald, Cox: T Buchanan

2nd Ballarat

3rd Mercantile - Bow: Percy Ivens, 2: J J Fogarty, 3: Arch L Dobbie, Str: Alex B Sloan 

The Champion Four comprised the stern four of the winning 1905 Victorian Eight

Back row: J W Wright, H Rowe, Henry Whiting, T Davies (selector). Front row: C Tulloch, W Heath, James Donald, Alex Chamley, Charles Donald. Front: James M Macfarlane

Champion Men's Eight

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: 12:44

1st Ballarat – Bow: C E Tulloch, 2: A Dawson, 3: E J Ryan, 4: T Bourke, 5: W D Dawson, 6: E Cooper, 7: H Rowe, Str: C E Suffren, Cox: B Arnold

2nd Albert Park

3rd Hawthorn


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

Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.

A Century of Rowing, by Elaine Lodding

Photo from the Guerin Collection

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