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1905-1906 Rowing Victoria State Championships

The Victorian Rowing Association Premiership rested on the Champion Eight result. The race was a magnificent one and regarded as one of the most desperately contested champion races that had been seen. It was fought out neck and neck the whole distance and won by a slimmest of margins.


Champion Men's Scull

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 20:55

1st Percy C Ivens, Mercantile

2nd Roy Adam, Mercantile

This event was held on the 14th October, 1905, and for the fifth time in succession was won by Percy C Ivens, of the Mercantile Club.

Percy Ivens - yet again the Champion Sculler

Champion Men's Pair

(1 mile)

Time: 7:10
Margins: 2 lengths

1st Mercantile – Bow: A Moore, Str: J J Fogarty, Cox: A Wickham

2nd Hawthorn

3rd Seymour

4th Yarra Yarra

5th Albert Park

Rowed on the Lower Yarra on 2nd December, 1905, and resulted in a win for the Mercantile representatives.

Champion Men's Four

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: 15:03.6
Margins: 2 1/2 lengths

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

2nd Ballarat

3rd Hawthorn

Rowed on November 18th, 1905, on the Lower Yarra.

Champion Men's Eight 

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: 13:20
Margins: Canvas, 6 lengths

1st Albert Park – Bow: H J Green, 2: C H Powell, 3: W C Low, 4: C H Kohn, 5: Henry J Whitting, 6: Charles Donald, 7: M G Scott, Str: James Donald, Cox: T Buchanan

2nd Mercantile - Bow: Percy V Ivens, 2: William Potter, 3: G Logan, 4: J J Fogarty, 5: M C Brown, 6: M S MacNaughton, 7: Arch L Dobbie, Str: Alex B Sloan, Cox: C Maurice 

3rd Yarra Yarra

Held on the Lower Yarra on March 24th, 1906, Albert Park, Mercantile, and Yarra Yarra Clubs competing. Albert Park winning by a canvas from the Mercantile Club, after one of the most exciting contests ever held on the Yarra; the Yarra Yarra crew being 6 lengths away, third.


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

Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.

Photo from Interstate Championships program

Mercantile Annual Report 1905-06

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