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

1935 South Australian Schools' Head of the River

Saturday, 27 April – Torrens Lake:

The 1935 edition of the SA Head of the River featured the following schoolboy events on the Torrens Lake:

- First Eight

- Open Tub Fours (Fixed)

- Under 16 Tub Fours (Fixed)

- Under 15 Tub Fours (Fixed)

The Mail reported that despite the weather being unpleasant for both spectators and rowers, a good crowd still lined the banks.

St. Peter's College won the First Eight for the second consecutive year by just a canvas over Prince Alfred College. This meant they won both the Gosse and Blackmore Shields. St. Peter's also won the Under 16 Tub Four, whilst Adelaide High School claimed the Open and Under 15 Tub Four.


First Eight

The Mail wrote the following account of the entertaining 1935 race for the Gosse Shield:

"Saints and Princes were regarded as almost equal favourites...Even less separated Saints and Scotch in the final. The crowd yelled itself hoarse as the two crews struggled for supremacy, and there was wild cheering when Saints crossed the line a canvas ahead."

Winners of the 1935 SA Head of the River – St. Peter's College
(Source: The Advertiser, 29 April 1935) 

Organising Committee:

South Australian Rowing Association


Starters: Mr C. R. Cudmore, Mr. C. T. Madigan & Mr. H. V. Menz

Judges: Mr. W. R. Bayly, Mr. F. W. Porter & Mr. R. H. Wallman

Umpires: Mr. C. R. Cudmore & Mr. H. B. Ward

Timekeeper: Mr. V. S. Murphy

First Eight

Gosse Shield

½ mile

Time: 3 min 4 3/5 sec

Margin: 1 canvas

1st St. Peter's College – Bow: I. Brown, 2: J. A. Game, 3: D. C. Wighton, 4: M. Neuenkirchen, 5: R. A. Goodhart, 6: R. G. C. Bymll, 7: L. Bonnin, Stroke: J. O. Gosse, Cox: J. S. Riddell

2nd Prince Alfred College – Bow: M. Solomon, 2: M. T. Hillbrook, 3: K. V. Pelham, 4: N. C. Finch, 5: F. A. Dibden, 6: D. C. Philips, 7: C. L. Gilbert, Stroke: R. K. Dunn, Cox: R. H. Burden

(Knocked out in heat by St. Peter's College): 

Adelaide High School – Bow: A. Knispel, 2: H. Roberts, 3: M. Finos, 4: C. Stephens, 5: R. Lokan, 6: S. B. Leahy, 7: B. Clapp, Stroke: D. Dowie, Cox: J. Trimmer

(Knocked out in heat by Prince Alfred College): 

Scotch College – Bow: R. M. Norman, 2: X. R. Martin, 3: C. J. Shaw, 4: R. M. Muirhead, 5: P. H. Banks, 6: D. U. G. Mack, 7: K. F. Crocker, Stroke: B. A. Pile, Cox: W. R. Swanson

Open Tub Four (Fixed)

¼ mile

Time: unknown

Margin: 3 lengths

1st Adelaide High School – Stroke: Cassidy

2nd St. Peter's College 

(Knocked out in heat by Adelaide High School):

Scotch College – Stroke: Harris

(Knocked out in heat by St. Peter's College):

Prince Alfred College – 

Under 16 Tub Four (Fixed)

¼ mile

Time: unknown

Margin: 2½ lengths

1st St. Peter's College – 

2nd Adelaide High School – Stroke: Simmons

(Knocked out in heat by St. Peter's College):

Prince Alfred College – 

(Knocked out in heat by Adelaide High School):

Scotch College – Stroke: Arnold

Under 15 Tub Four (Fixed)

¼ mile

Time: unknown

Margin: ½ length

1st Adelaide High School – Stroke: Hall

2nd St. Peter's College –

(Knocked out in heat by Adelaide High School):

Prince Alfred College – 


HEAD OF RIVER WON BY SAINTS (1935, 29 April), The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 – 1954), p. 5, Retrieved July 25 2023, from

Saints Win Head-of-River from P.A.C. (1935, 27 April), The Mail (Adelaide, SA: 1912 – 1954), p. 12, Retrieved July 25 2023, from

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