Significant Events in Australian Rowing
Tasmanian Mr Romer, a professional waterman, rowed for £50 against Tasmania's only professional cricketer, Thomas Huddlestone.
23 Dec 1871
Second Inter-University Race, Parramatta River. Dec. 23. Melbourne :-J Johnston, P I Carter, J Barker, T Colles (1). Sydney :-E. A. Iceton, R. Teece, A. Yeomans, G. H. (Judge) Fitzhardinge (2). Time, 27 minutes 55 seconds.
30 Jan 1872
Inter-colonial Fours, Hobart, for £100 cash and Jan. 30. championship of Australia, for bona fide amateurs. 1st Sydney Rowing Club: - C. De B. Deloitte, R. A. Clark, G. H. Fitzhardinge (Judge), M. A. H. Fitzhardinge (father of Roger Fitzhardinge), 2nd Sydney River crew, 3rd Derwent, 4th Tasmania, 5th Geelong (Strachan's crew)
HMS Clio in the background -
Archives Office of Tasmania as reproduced in Sporting Island by David Young
27 Apr 1872
Severe criticism in Melbourne papers re amateurs and cash prizes at Hobart. Melbourne definition had not allowed rowing for cash; Sydney and Tasmania did. Melbourne discontinued the practice in 1860.
Movement started in Melbourne to have manual labourers admitted in Inter colonial racing. The definition was : (1) Anyone who has never rowed as a waterman. (2) Anyone who has never plied for hire on the water. (3) Anyone who has never rowed for money at or since the Melbourne Regatta of 1860. (4) Anyone who has never been employed in building or letting boats, or who has never received money in recognition.
Balmain Regatta Committee offered £200 cash for Champion Gig Fours for 1873 regatta, also to contribute £500 towards expenses of English or American crews.
9 Nov 1872
Balmain Regatta Champion Fours: 1st Sydney, 2nd Sydney River crew; 3rd Victoria
29 Mar 1873
Inter-colonial Fours at Melbourne: 1st Melbourne, 2nd Ballarat City, 3rd Sydney, 4th Derwent.
20 Jun 1874
First row in an eight-oar boat at Sydney. It was a Clasper boat named "Alpha," presented to Sydney 'Rowing Club by some residents of Sydney. The crew, which rowed from Circular Quay to the present quarters of the Sydney Rowing Club on the Parramatta, was J. E: Myers, W. C. B. Tiley, P. J. Clark, T. E. Willis, G. H. Fitzhardinge, R. A. Clark, F. H. Williams, M. A. H. Fitzhardinge (stroke), Q. L. Deloitte (cox.). Mr. Q. L. Deloitte sent the order to England to Mr. Gulston, the captain of the London Rowing Club.
11 Jul 1874
Sydney Rowing Club branch boathouse at Abbotsford, Parramatta River, opened. Mr. Q. L. Deloitte (captain of club) arranged the details.
26 Sep 1874
Inter-colonial Fours, Parramatta, "each Colony to be represented by their own amateurs:" 1st Sydney G. H. Fitzhardinge, P. J. Clark, R. A. Clark, M. A. H. Fitzhardinge, 2nd Victoria combined crew:-J. F. Eddington, H. W. Henderson, L. Kickham, Z. Giles. Time, 21 minutes 59 seconds.
9 Nov 1874
Balmain Regatta, Senior Fours. C. N. J. Oliver, G. K. Clark, R. A. Clark, P. J. Clarkwon. This was the last amateur race in New South Wales for cash.
28 Nov 1874
Meeting held, re "amateur" definition, decided not to row any more races for cash prizes after lst January, 1875. Sydney Rowing Club and the new club, Mercantile, were parties to this agreement.
Brisbane R.C. formed (disbanded 1885).
26 Jan 1875
Anniversary Regatta. The new definition enforced Jan. 26. for the first time.
20 Mar 1875 First eight-oar boat race in Australia won by Civil March Service Rowing Club at Melbourne Regatta.
23 Apr 1875
Mercantile (now Mosman) Rowing Club opened at Dawes' Point April 23. (Sydney) by Sir Hercules Robinson, then Governor. It was the formation of another strong club that led to the development of amateur rowing and the formation of new clubs, and added interest at regattas.
Adelaide Regatta Committee offered £150 prize money for Inter-colonial Fours for 1876 regatta. Offer declined.
20 Jul 1875
Melbourne challenged Sydney to row a four-oared race for amateurs. Sydney insisted manual labourers should be barred. This Melbourne refused to do.
25 Sep 1875
Combined inter-club regatta held. The first event of that kind. Melbourne Rowing Club won Senior Fours, Maiden Fours, and Maiden Sculls. Sydney Rowing Club won junior Fours and Senior Double Sculls.
6 Apr 1876
First Barwon Regatta, Geelong.
7 Oct 1876
Victorian Rowing Association formed as an association of amateur rowing clubs under definition and constitution differing only in details from present one in 1919.
1 Sep 1877
Fitzroy R:C. (now Rockhampton R.C.), Queensland, formed.
4 Oct 1878
Commercial R.C., Brisbane, founded.
Victoria proposed Intercolonial Eight-oar Race on the Yarra. Sydney Rowing Club declined unless Victoria first rowed Best Boat Fours on Parramatta. Sydney Rowing Club had received a best four from England, the first seen here. Terms declined. Mercantile (now Mosman) Rowing Club then called a public meeting, and Victoria's offer was accepted unconditionally. Mercantile had obtained a best eight from Clasper. It, however, arrived damaged.
6 Mar 1878
First Intercolonial Eight-oar Race. Course about 4 miles on the old Lower Yarra course. Victoria won.
23 Nov 1878
New South Wales Rowing Association formed by Sydney Rowing Club and Mercantile (now Mosman) Rowing Club.
8 Dec 1878
Maryborough Rowing Club, Queensland, founded.
31 May 1879
Intercolonial Eights on the Parramatta; course Ryde (no bridge then) to Brothers Rocks; distance, 3 miles 330 yards: First Eight-oar Race at. Sydney. New South Wales crew won.
24 May 1880
First four-oar championship in Queensland in which amateurs only, competed, Maryborough Regatta, won
by Maryborough Rowing Club.
13 Nov 1880 Rowing season opened on Yarra (Victoria) with 14 eights, 32 fours and other boats.
Said to be first regatta at Brisbane for amateurs distinct from professionals. Revival of Brisbane rowing.