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

1937 South Australian Schools' Head of the River


1937 saw the introduction of the Wallman Trophy, which was awarded to the winning Second Crews race. This was known as the Clinker Fours, which was previously an Old Boys' race.


Saturday, 17 April – Torrens Lake:

The 1937 edition of the SA Head of the River had a new programme for schoolboy rowing on the Torrens Lake:

- First Eight

- Clinker Fours (Seconds)

- Open Tub Fours (Slides)

- Under 16 Tub Fours (Slides)

- Under 15 Tub Fours (Fixed)

The Advertiser reported that approximately 7,500 people lined the banks of the Torrens. In the First Eight, Prince Alfred College won the Gosse Shield for the first time since 1933 with a 2 length victory over Scotch College in the final. P.A.C. also regained the Blackmore Shield by defeated St. Peter's College in the heat by just 3 feet. P.A.C. also claimed the Under 16 Four (Slides) and Under 15 Four (Fixed). However, St. Peter's won the inaugural Wallman Trophy for Second Crews, and the Open Tub Sides (Thirds). 


First Eight

The Advertiser wrote the following of Prince Alfred College's convincing win in the final of the 1937 First Eight:

"The final between Prince's and Scotch showed the superior condition of the Prince's crew. Prince's were leading by a length at Morphett street, with Scotch coming back well; but the effort was too much for them, and Prince's went on to win by two lengths."

Organising Committee:

South Australian Rowing Association


Starters: Mr. C. R. Cudmore, Mr. F. K. Milne & Mr. C. R. Butterworth

Umpires: Mr. C. R. Cudmore, Mr. J. C. Walter, & Dr. J. R. Barbour

Judges: Mr. W. R. Bayly, Mr.R. H. Wallman & Mr. M. A. Fotheringham

Timekeepers: Mr. V. S. Murphy & Mr. A. E. J. Klose

First Eight

Gosse Shield

½ mile

Time: 2 min 59¼ sec

Margin: 2 lengths

1st Prince Alfred College – Bow: R. W. Oliver, 2: Wagner, 3: D. G. Wicks, 4: R. T. Hand, 5: J. M. Shannon, 6: T. B. Hamilton, 7: M. Solomon, Stroke: R. R. Williams, Cox: R. H. Turner

2nd Scotch College – Bow: R. B. Arrowsmith, 2: C. B. Treloar, 3: W. T. Dean, 4: T. McRae-Wood, 5: J. B. Smith, 6: L. M. Camens, 7: F. J. Heinrich, Stroke: F. E. Trembath, Cox: G. A. McIntosh

(Knocked out in heat by Prince Alfred College): 

St. Peter's College – Bow: M. J. C. Muirhead, 2: Burston, 3: P. R. Bull, 4: B. K. A. Sawyers, 5: McMichael, 6: D. W. Bryant, 7: J. D. Gordon, Stroke: J. G. Gosse, Cox: H. A. Willoughby

(Knocked out in heat by Scotch College): 

Adelaide High School – Bow: Good, 2: A. Oliver, 3: Whittle, 4: Brown, 5: W. Mazure, 6: G. Thornthwaite, 7: B. K. Clapp, Stroke: L. Roberts, Cox: J. Mates

Clinker Four (Seconds)

¼ mile

Time: unknown

Margin: 6 lengths

1st St. Peter's College – Bow: H. C. Rischbieth, 2: L. K. Gordon 3: G. F. Hewitson, Stroke: F. W. Leslie, Cox: M. H. Yeatman

2nd Scotch College – 

Open Tub Four (Slides)

¼ mile

Time: unknown

Margin: ½ length

1st St. Peter's College – Bow: R. F. Harrington, 2: T. Grose, 3: H. Blackburn, Stroke: W. R. Mitchell, Cox: unknown

2nd Prince Alfred College – Bow: P. J. Claridge, 2: J. S. Tanning 3: R. H. Buttery, Stroke: R. A. Wagner, Cox: F. G. Sullivan

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

Adelaide High School

(Knocked out in heat by Prince Alfred College):

Scotch College – 

Under 16 Tub Four (Slides)

¼ mile

Time: unknown

Margin: 5 lengths

1st Prince Alfred College – Bow: B. A. Shields, 2: L. H. Kirkman, 3: P. H. Keipert, Stroke: B. F. Edwards, Cox: A. W. Crompton

2nd Adelaide High School – Bow: R. Gild, 2: H. C. Limber 3: M. C. McLean Stroke: W. Blake, Cox: L. Scull

(Knocked out in heat by Prince Alfred College):

St. Peter's College

Under 15 Tub Four (Fixed)

¼ mile

Time: unknown

Margin: ¾ length

1st Prince Alfred College – Bow: K. D. Keller, 2: R. E. Gryst, 3: C. C. Haywood, Stroke: J. N. Close, Cox: D. N. Kirkman

2nd St. Peter's College – Bow: C. G. Riley, 2: R. B. Giles 3: R. P. Beresford, Stroke: J. M. Nicholls, Cox: T. H. Boehm

(Knocked out in heat by Prince Alfred College):

Scotch College 

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

Adelaide High School 


P.A.C. HEAD OF THE RIVER (1937, 19 April), The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 – 1954), p. 5, Retrieved July 27 2023, from

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