1896 NSW AAGPS Head of the River
Raced Saturday, May 9 1896 on the Parramatta River.
The 1896 edition of the Greater Public Schools Regatta of NSW was on the same 1 mile 550 yard course between the same two crews:
Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) and Sydney Grammar School.
The winning 1896 crew from the Sydney Church of England Grammar School
(Source: Shore: A history of Sydney Church of England Grammar School by Geoffrey Sherington)
The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser provided the following report on Sydney Church of England’s retaining the Major Rennie Cup:
Before 200 yards had been covered Sydney felt the sweeping tide, and quickly recovered lost ground, rowing a slashing stroke of 40 per minute. Passing Gladesville wharf Sydney was leading a length, and going well. Meanwhile Church boat was putting in much cleaner work, and the stroke was showing commendable coolness, as if relying on his rivals losing form and pace.
In the next quarter mile Sydney began to labour badly, and the swing, which had been even and solid, now became far from satisfactory. The crisis was at hand, for No. 3 in Sydney lost hold of his oar, crabbed slightly, and became very distressed. The Church crew seized the opportunity, spurted brilliantly, and all was over. Passing Tennyson, which is nearly a mile from the start, the boats were separated by two lengths. Hearing the finish at Putney Point Sydney livened up a little, but was quite out of decent shape, and could not hold the leaders.
The winning crew rowed well, and never lost form, which, added to the coolness of the stroke, secured a well-earned victory. Sydney had a real good man for stroke, and the crew was by no means a bad one, but No. 3 must have been very short of condition. He rowed like a champion while he lasted, and should become a good oar.
Shore was again successful this year but with a far tighter margin. Grammar led early but a strong surge by Shore in the second half of the race over powered them.
Head of the River
1 mile, 550 yards
Time: 8 min 11 sec
Margin: 1 1/2 lengths
1st Sydney Church of England Grammar School – Bow C. Fetherstonhaugh, 2: E. F. Harrison, 3: E. M. Sullivan, Str: J. N. F. Armstrong, Cox: L. D. B. Dibbs
2nd Sydney Grammar School – Bow: R. Spier, 2: Jones, 3: H. D. Hay, Str: Arnold, Cox: Postle
Officials and Organising Committee:
Starters and Judges: Mr. M. A. H. Fitzhardinge & Mr. K. F. Giltinan
Umpire: Mr. Q. L. Deloitte
Timekeeper: Mr. E. M. Dietrich
GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS REGATTA. (1896, 16 May), The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (Sydney, NSW: 1871 – 1912), p. 1037, Retrieved 4 January 2021, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/162829259
Shore: A history of Sydney Church of England Grammar School by Geoffrey Sherington