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History of the Tasmanian SATIS Head of the River rowing regatta

1956 SATIS Head of the River

Saturday, April 14 - Tamar River 

First Four:

There were 6 entrants in the 1956 race, who raced over 1⅛ miles on the Tamar River:

-    The Friends’ School

-    Hutchins School

-    Launceston Church Grammar School

-    Scotch College

-    St. Patrick’s College, and

-    St. Virgil’s College

Launceston Church Grammar were successful in winning the Golden Fleece Cup for First Fours three years in-a-row.

Second Four:

Hutchins School won the Second Four by 2 lengths.

Fifth Four:

1956 was the first year Fifth Four was raced at the Tasmanian Head of the River. Launceston Church Grammar took out the inaugural event over Hutchins School 1 in second.


Organising Committee:

Tasmanian Rowing Association



First Four

Golden Fleece Cup

1⅛ miles

Time: No recorded time

Margins: 2 1/4 lengths, canvas

1st Launceston Church Grammar – Bow: S A Fitzgerald, 2: G B Belbin, 3: R A Cook, Str: David G Barnett, Cox: R Rice, Cch: Dr L H Wilson

2nd The Friends’ School – Bow: A Thodey, 2: R Taylor, 3: A Morris, Str: P Salter, Cox: R Snow

3rd  St Patrick’s College – Bow: H Fickler, 2: J Peacock, 3: B Cowley, Str: J Gregg, Cox: R Wenn

4th Scotch College – 

5th St. Virgil’s College – 

6th Hutchins School – Bow: Charles Rankin, 2: Robert V. Skinner, 3: E. Christopher Chen, Str: Brian A. Hull, Cox: Michael C. Page

Second Four

½ mile

Time: No recorded time

Margins: 1 length, 2 lengths, canvas

1st Hutchins School – Bow: Peter T. Johnstone, 2: M. W. Weaver, 3: Ronald L. McCarthy, Str: Michael D. Gibson, Cox: Tom A. Francombe

2nd St Virgil's College - Bow: P F Johnstone, 2: A P Bravo, 3: J B Shelverton, Str: P D Hughes, Cox: P J Roberts

3rd Launceston Grammar - Bow: S Hayward, 2: A Gee, 3: W Spinks, Str: R R Scott, Cox: J Hope

Third Four

½ mile

Time: No recorded time

Margins: 3 feet

1st St Patrick's College - Bow: J Everett, 2: R Bestwick, 3: not known, Str: T McDougall, Cox: A Duke

Equal 2nd - Launceston Grammar - Bow: W Crane, 2: I McGaw, 3: A Brain, Str: D W Cook, Cox: H Gee

Equal 2nd - Scotch College - Bow: R L Gillard, 2: C W Beaton, 3: W J Barnett, Str: B B Higgins, Cox: T E Clark

4th not known

5th Hutchins School – Bow: N. E. King, 2: R. E. Jones, 3: R. S. Verrell, Str: F. E. M. Lilley, Cox: E. A. Downie

Fourth Four

½ mile

Time: No recorded time

Margins: 1 1/2 lengths, 3/4 length

1st Launceston Grammar - Bow: W D Sice, 2: W J Beaumont, 3: P J Cook, Str: R N Starling, Cox: G J Humphreys

2nd St Virgil's College - Bow: M C Ralph, 2: R A Elliott, 3: A J Mattay, Str: P F McMichael, Cox: D P Salsberger

3rd St Patrick's College - Bow: S Gibson, 2: E Somers, 3: R Bogus, Str: K Duke, Cox: W Henshall

4th not known

5th Hutchins School – Bow: P. Cumming, 2: T. Singh, 3: G. Parsons, Str: B. N. Basstian, Cox: A. Cruickshank

Fifth Four

½ mile

Time: No recorded time

Margins: 4 lengths, 1/2 length

1st Launceston Church Grammar 1 – Bow: G Thomas, 2: C Carr, 3: D McGeachie, Str: H Edgell, Cox: A Castley

2nd Hutchins School 1 – Bow: W R Salisbury, 2: R. K. Brodribb, 3: P Overell,  Str: J. F. Grant, Cox: R. Dunsford

3rd Launceston Grammar 2 - Bow: R Winspear, 2: B Scholes, 3: T Ransom, Str: D Logan, Cox: G Lane

4th not known

5th Hutchins School 2 – Bow: H. K. Skegg, 2: J. Hood, 3: G. O’Meagher, Str: M. Skeels, Cox: B. Edwards


  • Hutchins School Magazine, December 1956
  • Launceston Examiner Monday 16th April 1956 page 18

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