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rowing victoria state championships

1913-1914 Rowing Victoria State Championships

The dominance of Albert Park continued in the fours and eights. By comparison, the once mighty Mercantile could only boat one pair oared crew in all the Championship races.


Champion Men's Scull

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 20:15.0

1st Len Sydney Davis, Albert Park

2nd T Barrell, South Melbourne

3rd E T J Kerby, Civil Service

4th M Commons, Ballarat

Lower Yarra, 15th November, 1913. The race was rowed over the 2 1/2 mile course, finishing at the big crane near Spencer-street. Four entries were received, and the race resulted in an easy victory for L. Davis (Albert Park). M. Commons (Ballarat) capsized early in the race. Mr. Davis is congratulated on his first victory in this event.

Champion Men's Pair

(1 mile)

Time: 8:00.2

1st Ballarat – Bow: E B Cochran, Str: E Lawrie, Cox: G Woolcott

2nd Albert Park

3rd Civil Service

4th Mercantile - Bow: J Morrison, Str: Jud Harding

5th Banks

6th Essendon

7th Richmond

8th South Melbourne

9th Yarra Yarra

Lower Yarra, 15th November, 1913. The course chosen for this race was a perfectly straight mile from the entrance to Victoria Dock to the No. 12 wharf, and proved very satisfactory. Nine crews entered and all started. Ballarat proved the winners and is complemented on securing its first Pair-oared Championship. 

Champion Men's Four

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: 17:20.2

1st Albert Park – Bow: D Laird, 2: S Pedder, 3: F Johnson, Str: H S Dickinson, Cox: R Duncan

2nd Ballarat

3rd Footscray City

4th Civil Service

5th Essendon

6th Hawthorn

Lower Yarra, 13th December, 1913. Six clubs entered crews for this event, which was again won by the Albert Park Club. 

Champion Men's Eight

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: 15:13.0
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths

1st Albert Park – Bow: C W Croft, 2: D Laird, 3: C P Leslie, 4: R Jenkin, 5: S Pedder, 6: Charles Donald, 7: F Johnson, Str: H S Dickinson, Cox: R Duncan

2nd Nagambie

3rd Civil Service

Lower Yarra, 21st March, 1914. Albert Park, Nagambie, and Civil Service entered for this event, and the first-named club is to be congratulated on securing its sixth consecutive win. Nagambie finished second, after a fine race, being beaten by a length and a quarter.


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

Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.

Mercantile Rowing Club Annual Report 1913-14

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