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

1946 South Australian Schools' Head of the River

Saturday, 13 April – Torrens Lake:

The 1946 SA Head of the River featured the following events on the Torrens Lake:

- First Eight

- Clinker Fours (Seconds)

- Open Tub Fours (Slides)

- Under 16 Tub Fours (Slides)

- Under 15 Tub Fours (Slides)

The Advertiser described the day as a "colourful spectacle" of "excellent rowing" in which 8,000 people were in attendance. This was evident with the First Eight race being another nail-biter; just a canvas separating St. Peter's College and Adelaide High School. Prince Alfred College won all other events on the day except the Open Tub Four, which was won by Adelaide High School.


First Eight

The Advertiser wrote of the thrilling First Eight race at the 1946 SA Head of the River:

"The final was the most exciting race of the day, and provided a splendid climax to the programme. Rating at 37 slightly higher than Adelaide High, Saint's splashed somewhat at the start, but both crews passed the first buoy together. Racing under the bridge there was still nothing between them. Saints increased it's rating near the Point, and gained a canvas lead. High School challenged, but Saints maintained its drive to win by that margin."

Winners of the 1946 SA Head of the River – St. Peter's College
(Source: The Mail, 13 April 1946) 

Organising Committee:

South Australian Rowing Association



First Eight

Gosse Shield

½ mile

Time: 2 min 58 sec

Margin: 1 canvas

1st St. Peter's College – Bow: B. Smith, 2: J. Bowden, 3: C. Maddern, 4: C. Clutterbuck, 5: B. Bedson, 6: D. Harris, 7: D. Hanlon, Stroke: B. Bishop, Cox: P. Robin

2nd Adelaide High School – Bow: D. Griffin, 2: R. Serveron, 3: J. O'Connor, 4: R. Brock, 5: P. Hardy, 6: G. Butterworth, 7: M. Lawrie, Stroke: L. Beames, Cox: J. Smith

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

Prince Alfred College

(Knocked out in heat by Adelaide High School): 

Scotch College –

Clinker Four (Seconds)

Wallman Trophy

½ mile

Time: 3 min 31⅖ sec

Margin: 1¾ lengths

1st Prince Alfred College – Bow: K. P. Stanton, 2: K. M. Morris, 3: M. J. Barton, Stroke: J. T. Pelham, Cox: I. W. Knox

2nd St. Peter's College

Open Tub Four (Slides)

¼ mile

Time: (unknown)

Margin: ⅓ length

1st Adelaide High School – Bow: E. R. Amoy, 2: G. L. Evans, 3: B. K. Simmons, Stroke: B. J. Lovell, Cox: J. R. May

2nd Prince Alfred College

Under 16 Tub Four (Slides)

¼ mile

Time: 1 min 14 sec

Margin: 3 feet

1st Prince Alfred College – Bow: M. F. Green, 2: R. A. Crawford, 3: B. K. Giles, Stroke: L. J. Moore, Cox: R. K. Silk

2nd Adelaide High School

Under 15 Tub Four (Slides)

¼ mile

Time: 1 min 14⅖ sec

Margin: ½ length

1st Prince Alfred College – Bow: G. R. Burchell, 2: P. T. Beauchamp, 3: D. J. McLachlan, Stroke: M. P. Tiddy, Cox: P. S. Heinrich

2nd Adelaide High School


BRILLIANT ROW BY ST. PETER'S (1946, 15 April), The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 – 1954), p. 17, Retrieved February 21 2024, from

Saints Win Head of River Race From High (1946, 13 April), The Mail (Adelaide, SA: 1912 – 1954), p. 15, Retrieved February 21 2024, from

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