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History of Ballarat Head of the Lake rowing regatta

1929 Ballarat Head of the Lake

Saturday 4th May 1929

Fair weather prevailed for the seventeenth Head of the Lake, rowed on Lake Wendouree today. The race was won by Ballarat Grammar by two lengths from St. Patrick’s College. The “Must” Cup was presented to the stroke of the winning crew by the Speaker of the Victorian Parliament, Sir Andrew Peacock. Sunraysia Daily, 6/5/1929

St.Patrick’s College took out the race for Second fours and in the Old Collegian’s race Grammar also triumphed from St.Patrick’s by  half a length in second place, and Ballarat College a long way back in third. The Grammar crew were Bow: G Barker, 2: J Suffren, 3: J McKay, Str: R Jelbart and F Suffren cox.

Organising Committee and Officials

Organising Committee: Ballarat Public Schools' Association

Officials: Ballarat Regatta Association


  • Sporting Globe 4/5/1929 page 3
  • Sunraysia Daily, 6/5/1929 page 1

Principal researcher: Kate Elliott


Head of the Lake

Mile course, Lake Wendouree

Time: 6 minutes and 4 seconds

Margins: 2 lengths and 0.5 length

1st Grammar School - Bow: D J M Dunn, 2: W O Lewers, 3: R N Mitchell, Str: R L Schmidt, Cox: J A Howe, Coach: Mr J B Suffren

2nd St.Patrick’s College - Bow: S J Cody, 2: J Rice, 3: D T Hayes, Str; G McPherson, Cox: J Howe, Coach: Mr W D Dawson

3rd Ballarat College - Bow: B A Sweetapple, 2: G P Jeffery, 3: A N Gunn, Str: H Greenfield, Cox: F Yates, Coach: Mr W Clift

1929 Grammar Crew

1929 Grammar Crew

1929 St Patrick's Crew

1929 St Patrick's Crew

From '100 Years of the Head of the Lake' published by The Courier in 2012

Ballarat College led from the start closely followed by St.Patrick’s and Grammar. At the third island the Grammar School crew challenged the College crew then passing them. They maintained the lead until the finish winning by two lengths. St.Patrick’s passed the College crew on the post. Although the Ballarat College crew contained several members of last year’s first crew they were unable to repeat their win

Second Fours

Time: Not known

Margin: 3 feet

1st St.Patrick’s College

2nd Grammar School

3rd Ballarat College

St.Patrick’s got away to  a good start and lead to View Point where they were challenged by Grammar and College. But they maintained good length and held their form to the finish winning by 3 feet!

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