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History of the Tasmanian SATIS Head of the River rowing regatta

1958 SATIS Head of the River

Tamar River 19th April 1958

This was the last time that the Head of the River race was conducted in fours. 

The Golden Fleece Cup was presented to the winning crew by the Mayor of Launceston Alderman McGowan. 

First Four - The Friends' School won the Golden Fleece Cup for the first time since 1950. The race was conducted in a strong northerly wind and so choppy conditions. Friends School and St Patrick's were the early leaders and remained in the lead for the rest of the race. Launceston Grammar finished strongly to oust Hutchins from third place.

Second Four - The second fours race was won by Launceston Grammar crew which was to have been the school's representative in the first fours. It lost some test races against the eventual school first four. This crew won impressively by a quarter of a length from St Patrick's. 

Third Four - Hutchins defeated St Patrick's and St Virgil's. Hutchins survived a protest against it for some early interference.

Third Four:

Hutchins School won the Third Four by 1½ lengths.


Organising Committee:

Tasmanian Rowing Association



First Four

Golden Fleece Cup

1⅛ miles

Time: No time recorded

Margins: 1/2 length, 2 lengths

1st The Friends’ School – Bow: R Hall, 2: R Kirby, 3: A Thody, Str: D Hallam, Cox: C Greeves

2nd St Patrick's College - Bow: L K Hudson, 2: B French, 3: J Joyce, Str: J Peacock, Cox: K Watkins

3rd Launceston Grammar - Bow: R Windspear, 2: G Thomas, 3: H Edgell, Str: R Rice, Cox: R Bennett

4th Hutchins School – Bow: P. Jones, 2: J. Johnstone, 3: P. Johnstone, Str: R. Brodribb, Cox: T. Francombe

5th St Virgil's College - Bow: M Kelly, 2: B Kelly, 3: J Thompson, Str: David Poulson, Cox: D Salzberger

6th Scotch College - Bow: A Holmes, 2: A J Stevens, 3: M J B Tandy, Str: B M East, Cox: L W Holman

Second Four

½ mile

Time: No recorded time

Margins: 1/2 length, 3 feet

1st Launceston Grammar - Bow: J J Costello, 2: R W Tilt, 3: R T Salmon, Str: D W Cook, Cox: G J Humphries 

2nd St Patrick's College

3rd Friends School


5th Hutchins School – Bow: D. Salter, 2: J. Hood, 3: W. R. Salisbury, Str: P. Anderson, Cox: B. Calvert

Third Four

½ mile

Time: No recorded time

Margins: 1½ lengths and 4 feet

1st Hutchins School – Bow: E. Parker, 2: R. Drysdale, 3: J. Grant, Str: A. Thiessen, Cox: T. Chesterman

2nd St Patrick's College

3rd St Virgil's 

Fourth Four

½ mile

Time: No recorded time

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

1st Launceston Grammar - Bow M Marchant, 2: R Gregory, 3: P Shackel, Str: B Bonney, Cox: K Cooper

2nd Hutchins School – Bow: R. Lane, 2: J. Burton 3: E. Wilson, Str: S. Stevenson, Cox: J. Gay

3rd St Patrick's College

Fifth Four

½ mile

Time: No recorded time

Margins: 1/2 length, canvas

1st St Virgil's - Bow: P Ryan, 2: P Morgan, 3: P Macmichael, Str: I Gray, Cox: P Fitzgerald 

2nd Hutchins School – Bow: S. Knott, 2: R. Connor, 3: D. Jones, Str: A. Downie, Cox: K. Newstead

3rd St Patrick's College

Sixth Four

½ mile

Time: No recorded time

Margins: 2 1/2 lengths, 1 length

1st St Patrick's College No 1 - Bow: M Russell, 2: K Brooks, 3: G Towns, Str: J Russell, Cox: L McIntee

2nd Hutchins School – Bow: J. Hamilton, 2: C. Fooks, 3: J. Casson-Medhurst, Str: R. Ford, Cox: P. Salmon

3rd Launceston Grammar No 2



  • Hutchins School Magazine, July 1958
  • The Examiner Monday 21st April 1958 page 18

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