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History of the South Australian Schools Head of the River rowing regatta

1895 South Australian Schools' Head of the River

Saturday, 31 March – Port River:

The 1895 edition saw a 1-mile contest between St. Peter's College and Prince Alfred College. The Evening Journal reported that the conditions were perfect.

St. Peter's dominated the race yet again to win by 9½ lengths.


 The Evening Journal wrote of St. Peter's convincing win at the 1895 Head of the River:

"The race was devoid of incident, as the blue-and-whites went away at the second stroke, increased their lead the whole way, and eventually won in 6 min. 32 sec. by nine and a half lengths...the performance of the St. Peter's boys was highly creditable. They kept a splendid length, rowed together nicely, applied their weight to advantage, and got good pace out of the boat between the stroke."

Organising Committee:

South Australian Rowing Association


Starter: Mr. R. Playfair

Umpire: Mr. C. B. Cox

Judge: Mr. J. Coonan

Timekeeper: Mr. C. Baxter

First Four

The Blackmore Shield

1 mile

Time: 6 min 32 sec

Margins: 9½ lengths

1st St. Peter's College – Bow: J. Gosse, 2: G. Jones, 3: V. Padula, Str: V. Heseltine, Cox: A. Heseltine

2nd Prince Alfred College – Bow: T. J. Wiltshire, 2: H. Harrington, 3: S. R. Rooney, Str: J. Royal, Cox: J. Hill


INTERCOLLEGIATE BOAT-RACE. (1895, 1 April), Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 – 1912), p. 3, Retrieved 25 March 2023, from

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