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Australian Rowing History

Significant Events in Australian Rowing


For readers of this section who are not students of Australian History, the following dates are provided to place the 19th century dates in perspective:

Colony European Settlement Founding of Colony
New South Wales 1788 1788
Tasmania 1803 1825
Queensland 1824 1859
Western Australia 1827 1829
Victoria 1834 1851
South Australia 1836 1842

The Federation of the Australian Colonies took place on 26th January 1901.

Many of the early events of the compilation rely heavily on the work of John Lang in his book The Victorian Oarsman published in 1919. His work included material from John Blackman, "Trident" of the Sydney Mail and Quarton L Deloitte, the then President of the NSW Rowing Association. Their work was therefore based primarily on dates from Victoria and New South Wales and an emphasis on amateur rowing.

Mention must be made of some of the other key sources in this compilation. Significant rowing events in Queensland have been largely drawn from Jack Pritchard's Rowing in Queensland 1880-1995. South Australian events have been drawn heavily from the histories of the Adelaide and Torrens Rowing Clubs. Tasmanian events have been drawn from David Young's Sporting Island, and Western Australian events from Bill Cooper's Home and Dry, a history of Western Australian rowing.

Lang hoped that his work would encourage others to develop a more extensive chronicle of the sport in Australia. Hopefully this publication will encourage further contributions to achieve this end.

John Lang

John Lang in 1919

Further details of the matters mentioned in this section will in most cases be found elsewhere in this history web site.

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