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History of AAGPS Head of the River Rowing Regatta

1959 NSW AAGPS Head of the River

High Eight Takes Head of River (Alan Clarkson, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 Apr 1959)

High yesterday established itself as one of the best ever G.P.S. crews when it convincingly won the Head of the River on the Nepean.

Taking the lead from halfway, the smoothly stroking, powerful High crew cleared away to win by two lengths. High beat the improved St. Joseph’s crew, with Shore a foot away third. The win undoubtably establishes High as the top G.P.S> rowing crew in recent years. The School has the impressive record of winning the event in 1957 and again yesterday and being third last year.

The winning margin of two lengths was the greatest for seven years and gave a clear indication of the crew’s superiority over the other schools. Former Olympic sculling champion Merv Wood said that the High eight must be one of the best G.P.S. crews ever.

“It is a crew you get at a school once in a decade,” Wood said. “High might wait another 20 or 25 years before it will get another crew near this year’s standard. “It is not often you will get a big school crew that is able to use its weight and power to full advantage.


Senior 1st Eight

Major Rennie Trophy

2 lengths


1st High

2nd St. Joseph’s College

3rd Shore

4th Newington

5th Grammar

6th The King’s School

7th Riverview

8th Scots

Senior 1st Four

Yaralla Cup


1 length

1st Shore

2nd Newington

3rd St. Joseph’s College

4th Riverview

5th The King’s School

6th High

7th Scots

8th Grammar

Senior 2nd Four

1 length

1 ½ lengths

1st Grammar

2nd High

3rd Scots

4th Shore

5th Riverview

6th The King’s School

7th St. Joseph’s College

8th Newington

Senior 3rd Four

¾ length


1st           Riverview

2nd          St. Joseph’s

3rd          The King’s School

4th          High

5th          Newington

6th          Shore

7th          Scots

8th          Grammar

Senior 4th Four

1 ¼ lengths


1st           High

2nd          The King’s School

3rd          Riverview

4th          Scots

5th          St. Joseph’s College

6th          Grammar

7th          Newington

8th          Shore

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