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1935 Rowing Victoria State Championships




Champion Men's Scull

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 19:04.5

1st C W F Peppler, Yarra Yarra

2nd M Hanson, Footscray City

3rd R Jelbart, Melbourne University

4th G Davis, Richmond

Four scullers contested the 43rd Victorian Sculling Championship over a 2 1/2 mile course on the Lower Yarra on Saturday, 16th March, 1935. C. W. F. Peppler won from M. Hanson in 19 min. 4 1/2 secs. The race was unfortunately marred by an eight-oared boat on the course interfering with some of the scullers. Mr. Peppler is warmly congratulated on his fourth successive victory in the Victorian Sculling Championship.

Champion Men's Pair

(1 mile)

Time: 6:32.0
Margins: 2 feet

1st Preston – Bow: Arthur James, Str: George Hutchins, Cox: Mick Lewis, Coach: W Ray B Todd

2nd Wahgunyah

3rd Mercantile

4th Melbourne University

5th Albert Park

6th Nagambie

7th Ballarat City

8th Wendouree

9th Hawthorn

10th Ballarat

Ten crews competed in this event, which was rowed over a mile course on the Lower Yarra on Saturday, 6th April, 1935. Preston Rowing Club won by two feet from the Wahgunyah Rowing Club. It is pleasing to be able to heartily congratulate the Preston Rowing Club on its win in this event, the first Championship race the club has won.

Champion Men's Four

(Distance - Not recorded)

Time: 16:32.8
Margins: 2 lengths

1st Nagambie – Bow: F P Furlong, C W Welch, 3: W A Lodding, Str: E Gugger, Cox: A G Green, Coach: Mr A Sinnott

2nd Preston

3rd Richmond

4th Melbourne

5th Melbourne University

6th Hawthorn

Rowed on the Lower Yarra on Saturday, 15th December, 1934, the Victorian Four-oared Championship attracted an entry of six crews and was rowed under fair weather conditions. The race was one of the finest Championship races seen on the Yarra for many years, and resulted in a win for the Nagambie Rowing Club Four by two lengths from the Preston Rowing Club. In extending the warmest congratulations to the Nagambie Rowing Club on its second successive win in this event, the Committee feels that the Preston Four is deserving of the highest commendation for the magnificent race it put up in this, its first entry into Championship rowing. The experience gained by Preston will stand it in good stead during the forthcoming season. 

Champion Men's Eight

(2 1/2 miles)

Time: 14:20.0
Margins: 8 lengths

1st London Rowing Club (ENG) – Bow: R J D Forbes, 2: T D M Boyland, 3: A E C Drake, 4: P N Carpmael, 5: D J Wilson, 6: E J L Hewitt, W A T Sambell, 7: T Turner, Str: H D Winkworth, Cox: D St J Gogarty, Emergencies: C J B Palmer, D St J Gogarty, J E Graham

2nd Melbourne University

3rd Mercantile

4th Hawthorn

5th Nagambie

6th Essendon

DNF Richmond

The 43rd Annual Eight-oared Championship was rowed on Saturday, 10th November, 1934, over a 2 1/2 mile course on the Lower Yarra. This particular race was made historic by the fact that an English crew (The London Rowing Cub Eight) competed for the first time in a Victorian Championship. Weather conditions for the race were far from ideal, as a heavy stream was running and a strong wind made the water very rough. The event attracted an entry of seven crews, and was won by the London Rowing Club crew by eight lengths from the Melbourne University Boat Club. Unfortunately, the Richmond Eight was unable to finish as its boat was sinking ad the members were compelled to row to the wharf. After the race the Championship Eight Pennant was presented to Mr. E. G. L. Hewitt, captain of the London Rowing Club, and the Championship medals to each member of the crew. The Committee sincerely congratulates the London Rowing Club on its win.

Champion Men's 2,000 Metre Scull

(2,000 metres)

Time: 7:40.0
Margins: 2 feet

1st C F W Peppler, Yarra Yarra

2nd W G Davis, Richmond

3rd R S Bolton, Mercantile

The 2,000 Metres Sculling Championship was rowed on Saturday 15th December, 1934. The event was won by C. F. W. Peppler by two feet from W. G. Davis. Mr. Peppler is warmly congratulated on his second successive victory in this event.

Champion Men's Lightweight Eight 

(1 1/2 miles)

Time: 9:08.6
Margins: 1 foot

1st Melbourne – Bow: T G Hyland, 2: T F Pyke, 3: A V O’Connor, 4: O R Moody, 5: T J K Jamieson, 6: T R Lancaster, 7: W J Roberts, Str: F A Ludeman, Cox and Coach: F H Watts

2nd Banks

3rd Preston

4th Richmond

5th Mercantile

5th Yarra Yarra

The Open Lightweight Eights (non-classifying) was rowed over a course of one and a half miles on 16th March, 1935, and attracted an entry of six crews. A magnificent race resulted in the Melbourne Rowing Club winning by one foot from the Banks Rowing Club, in 9 min. 8 secs. Mercantile and Yarra Yarra dead-heated for fifth. Hearty congratulations are extended to Melbourne on their win.

Champion Men's Junior Eight 

(2 miles)

Time: 11:14.4
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths

1st Richmond – Bow: S J Gordon, 2: M W Hutton, 3: K K McKenzie, 4: C B Durrant, 5: D V Webster, 6: W F Coppinger, 7: A A Kelley, Str: R Godfredson, Cox: D Calnin, Coach F G Thompson

2nd Albert Park

3rd Mercantile

4th Melbourne

5th Banks

Rowed on Saturday, 16th March, 1935, and attracted an entry of five crews. Course two miles. Won by Richmond Rowing Club with Albert Park 1 1/4 lengths away, second. Richmond are heartily congratulated on this win.

Champion Women's Pair

(Distance - Not recorded)



Champion Women's Four

(Distance - Half mile)



Champion Women's Junior Four

(Distance - Quarter mile)




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

Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944.

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