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History of the Tasmanian SATIS Head of the River rowing regatta

1943 SATIS Northern & Southern Head of the River

Saturday, April 17 - Tamar River & Derwent River:

First Four - North:

The 1943 Northern Regatta was raced over one-mile on the Tamar with the 3 local crews: 

-    Launceston Church Grammar School,

-    Scotch College, and

-    St. Patrick’s College

The Examiner recorded that in ideal conditions, Launceston Church Grammar were successful in winning the seniors event for the second year-in-a-row.

First Four - South: 

Four crews started on the one-mile race held on the Derwent in 1943: 

-    Clemes College,

-    The Friends’ School

-    Hutchins School, and

-    St. Virgil’s College

The four crews, in ideal conditions, were only separated by two lengths at the finish line. The Mercury wrote that Clemes led the race early and the remaining three crews all close in behind. However, Clemes began to drop back, and Hutchins took the lead in the last half-mile of the race to win the race by ½ length over Friends’. 

Second Four - North:

The same three crews above raced in the junior category, in which they raced over ½ mile:

-    Launceston Church Grammar School,

-    Scotch College, and

-    St. Patrick’s College

Launceston Church Grammar once again won this event. This is the second year in a row that Lauceston Church Grammar won both the First and Second Four in the split regatta.

Second Four - South:

There were a record 9 starters in the junior event, from just 4 schools:

-    Clemes College

-    The Friends’ School 1 & 2

-    Hutchins School 1, 2, 3 & 4, and

-    St. Virgil’s College 1 & 2

The Mercury wrote that Hutchins 1 took the lead early and won by an impressive 5 lengths.  


First Four - North:

The Examiner reported that Launceston Church Grammar stopped rowing before the line, as they were confused with the finish line markings. However, they had done enough during the race to win by 1 length

Winners (far left) of the 1943 Northern Head of the River for First Fours - Launceston Church Grammar
(Source: Examiner, 19 April 1943)

First Four - South:

The Mercury provided this report of the exciting 1943 race on the Derwent. 

“It was one of the most gruelling races on record, with little between the crews from start to finish. Conditions were ideal. Clemes, on the outside, had a slight advantage in the early stages, with Hutchins, St. Virgil's, and Friends' rowing almost blade for blade. The crews kept those positions to opposite the Derwent sheds, when Clemes began to drop back, leaving Hutchins, St. Virgil's, and Friends' with barely a canvas between them, and Clemes still close up. As the crews sprinted to the finishing line. Hutchins moved ahead. Rowing with good body swing, and getting the benefit from a hard catch and good timing, Hutchins continued to draw away, and crossed the line with half a length to spare from Friends'. St. Virgil's finished 2ft. farther back, and Clemes a length away.”

Winners of the 1943 Southern Head of the River for First Fours - Hutchins School
(Source: Hutchins School Magazine, June 1943)

Second Four - North:

The Examiner reported that, like their First Four, Launceston Church Grammar stopped before the line but had done enough during the race to still win by 2 lengths.     

Second Four - South:

The Mercury recorded the following: 

“Hutchins secured a double by winning the junior race, in which nine crews took part, including four from the winning school. Hutchins, favoured by the outside position, took the lead early, and won comfortably by five lengths from Friends' No. 1, with Clemes 10 lengths farther back in third position followed by Friends' No. 2, St. Virgil's No. 2. Hutchins No. 3, and Hutchins No. 4. St. Virgil's No. 1 and Hutchins No. 2 would have filled second and third places "respectively, had they not stopped rowing before they reached the finishing line.”

Organising Committee:

Tasmanian Rowing Association


Northern Head of the River:

Starter: Senator B. Sampson

Umpire: Mr. T. A. Firth

Judge: Mr. J. E. Heritage

Southern Head of the River:

Starters & Umpires: Mr. J. Sharp & Mr. J. Murray

Judges: Mr. C. L. Colvin, Mr E. T. Bessell & Mr. J. Berkery

First Four - North

1 mile

No Time Taken

Margins: 1, 1 length

1st Launceston Church Grammar – Bow: D. McGhie, 2: R. Henry, 3: C. D. von Stieglitz, Str: A. Seddon, Cox: S. Ferguson

2nd St. Patrick’s College – Bow: R. Edmundson, 2: R. Cox, 3: C. Lamp, Str: R. Potter, Cox: J. Tabart

3rd Scotch College – Bow: E. J. Luck, 2: R. J. Southam, 3: W. P. Crisp, Str: G. R. Ellis, Cox: T. M. Cunningham

First Four - South

1 mile

No Time Taken

Margins: ½ length, 2 feet, 1 length

1st Hutchins School – Bow: P. J. Thompson, 2: C. M. Shugg, 3: J. Bennetto, Str: M. A. Agnew, Cox: B. A. Cottier

2nd The Friends’ School – Bow: A. McCormick, 2: H. Wells, 3: J. Wolfhagen, Str: M. McRae, Cox: Athlete Unknown

3rd St. Virgil’s College – Bow: B. Murray, 2: A. Cunningham, 3: M. Towns, Str: A. Blanton, Cox: R. Cooper

4th Clemes College – Bow: C. King, 2: J. Allwright, 3: G. Suter, Str: J. Palfreyman, Cox: Athlete Unknown

Second Four - North

½ mile

No Time Taken

Margins: 2 lengths, 1 canvas

1st Launceston Church Grammar – Bow: O. S. Haywood, 2: R. Williams, 3: C. Harvey, Str: A. Russell, Cox: N. Haywood

2nd Scotch College – Bow: B. S. Joseph, 2: J. A. Finlay, 3: P. U. Manson, Str: B. C. Cairns, Cox: A. McDonald

3rd St. Patrick’s College – Bow: F. Leslie, 2: D. Walton, 3: W. Lapthorne, Str: B. Fitzpatrick, Cox: K. Illingsworth

Second Four - South

½ mile

No Time Taken

Margins: 5, 10 lengths

1st Hutchins School 1 – Bow: R. Hay, 2: N. Jack, 3: R. Ikin, Str: W. Senior, Cox: W. Teniswood

2nd The Friends’ School 1 – Bow: R. Dunbabin, 2: P. Orbell, 3: D. Elliott, Str: N. McCormack, Cox: B. McDougall

3rd Clemes College – Bow: G. Pearce, 2: B. Lewis, 3: M. Forster, Str: G. Howell, Cox: N. Kingston

4th The Friends’ School 2 – Bow: E. Kench, 2: D. Parkin, 3: J. Miller, Str: A. Stokes, Cox: Athlete Unknown

5th St. Virgil’s College 2 – Bow: P. Murray, 2: V. Mehegan, 3: T. Grey, Str: M. Taylor, Cox: K. Cunningham

6th Hutchins School 3 – Bow: R. F. Hodgson, 2: G. L. Hopkins, 3: W. L. Crowther, Str: K. R. Duncan, Cox: A. F. Duncan

7th Hutchins School 4 – Bow: G. A. Benjamin, 2: E. D. Ransom, 3: R. J. Brown, Str: D. F. Clarke, Cox: I. M. Hawker

8th St. Virgil’s College 1 – Bow: M. Tate, 2: T. Hickey, 3: M. Maloney, Str: C. Sherry, Cox: G. Walters

9th Hutchins School 2 – Bow: J. E. Collier, 2: G. R. Ellis, 3: R. S. McIntyre Str: E. R. Sarigson, Cox: Athlete Unknown


HEAD-OF-RIVER FINISHES (1943, 19 April), Examiner (Launceston, Tas.: 1900 – 1954), p. 5, Retrieved 24 May 2020, from

Head-of-the-River GRAMMAR’S DUAL SUCCESS (1943, 19 April), Examiner (Launceston, Tas.: 1900 – 1954), p. 2, Retrieved 24 May 2020, from

Hutchins School Magazine, June 1943

Hutchins Win Close Head-Of-River Race (1943, 19 April), The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.: 1860 – 1954), p. 10, Retrieved 24 May 2020, from

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