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History of Australian University Championships Rowing

1960 Australian University Championships— Swan River, Perth WA

The 66th Championships were conducted on a 2 mile course on the Swan River on Wednesday 1st June.

Sydney University won both events in weather conditions which were far from ideal leading up to the regatta.

The full 1960 regatta program can be accessed through this link.



Western Australia University Boat Club - President: G Barratt-Hill, Hon Secretary: Berry Durston, Hon Treasurer: P Booth.

Organising Committee

Chairman: E N Maslen, Hon Secretary: M F Gray, Committee: H V Reily, A G Bird, Berry Durston, R Argyle, D H Fraser, R T Gard, J Hanrahan, N Marsh, G B Hill, J F Howson, F W Humphrey, H H R Nash, G Stafford, A R Williams


Starter: N Marsh, Umpire: F W Humphrey, Chief Judge: H C Reilly, Marshal: R T Gard, Chief Timekeeper: H H R Nash, Regatta Manager: J F Howson, Weather Committee: Coaches and Regatta Manager

Men's Scull

Time: 8:15.6
Margins: 2 & 10 lengths

1st Sydney University - Michael Wignall
2nd University of Western Australia - Dennis Durston

Other Universities competing were:
Adelaide University - Malcom Smith
University of Queensland 
- John Pearn
University of New South Wales - Unnamed 

Men's Eight

Time: 10 mins 21.8 secs
Margin: 2 lengths

1st Sydney University - Bow: Iain MacDonald, 2: Dennis Rowe, 3: Paul Hyman, 4: Chris Glynn, 5: Richard Palmisano, 6: Bill Webb, 7: Stuart McGill, Str: Kit Hall-Johnston, Cox: Ernest Tucker, Cch: Eric O Longley, Emergs: John Quick & David Waddington
2nd Melbourne University - Bow: Duchan Stankovich, 2: Dally R Messenger, 3: Robert B Negri, 4: J Campbell B Penfold, 5: B H Scott, 6: John R Vroland, 7: M R Zwar, Str: N C Courtney, Cox: Mark A Schapper, Cch: G Harvey Nicholson, Emergs: Chester S Keon Cohen & Anthony P Dwyer
3rd University of New South Wales - Bow: Peter Shenstone, 2: Jim Gourlay, 3: Sam Hammond, 4: Ian Landon-Smith, 5: Ray Lawson, 6: Warren Firkin, 7: Don Brewer, Str: Wayne Young, Cox: Eric Wilson, Cch: Alan R Callaway
4th University of Queensland - Bow: G Barnett, 2: B Palmer, 3: J Wilson, 4: K Siddle, 5: C Dowzer, 6: R Philp, 7: P Jorss, Str: John Job, Cox: Graham Hanson, Cch: David Purdy, Emerg: J H Pearn
5th University of Western Australia - Bow: B Mayberry, 2: P Booth, 3: G Bunning, 4: A Drok, 5: C Fisher, 6: D Evans, 7: Rory Argyle, Str: Alan G Bird, Cox: I Ward, Cch: G Barratt-Hill, Emerg: W Burbidge
6th Adelaide University - Bow: P G Carney, 2: T R Muecke, 3: Robert Gwyn Morgan, 4: S W Frewin, 5: R M Howell, 6: D G Jose, 7: J G Burger, Str: Rod D Cheesman, Cox: Richard Wyndham Watson, Cch: Graham Coldwell, Emergs: D J Marshall and A Basten

The weather conditions were obviously an issue. The Western Australian reported on Friday 27th May (before the race) that Queensland swamped and crew members were rescued by Berry Durston. Cox - Graham Hanson and Coach - David Purdy were taken to hospital and treated for immersion. Coach jumped into the water from tinny so that one of the crew could be ferried ashore.

The following images were printed in the program.

Sydney University

Melbourne University

University of NSW

Queensland University

University of Western Australia

Adeliade University


  • Regatta program - acknowledgement to the Graham Coldwell collection
  • Results from reports and latter programs

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