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Rowing Victoria

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Rowing in a young Victoria
  3. Formation of the Association
  4. Growth of the Sport 1876-1889
  5. Years of great success 1890-1899
  6. The rise of Henley on the Yarra 1900-1909
  7. The War Years 1910-1919
  8. Women's rowing and the modern era 1920-1929
  9. The Depression years 1930-1939
  10. War and rebuilding 1940-1949
  11. Expansion years 1950-1959
  12. The search for international success 1960-1969
  13. Combining the Associations and lightweight success 1970-1979
  14. The new national program 1980-1989
  15. Golden years 1990-1999
  16. Professionalism 2000-2009
  17. Yet More Growth 2010-2019

Appendices

  1. Life Membership and other important awards
  2. Patrons and Presidents
  3. Office Bearers
  4. Clubs and their histories
  5. The Oarsmen's Centotaph and WWI Roll of Honour
  6. WWII Roll of Honour
  7. Premierships
  8. State Championships
  9. Hall of Fame Inductees
  10. Victorian Olympians
  11. International representation
  12. Intercolonial and Interstate Racing
  13. School rowing
  14. University rowing
  15. Personalities of the sport

15. Personalities of the sport

Surname E

Those appearing below are:

  1. Anthony Edwards, Wendouree-Ballarat
  2. James Edwards
  3. Stewart Elder, Hawthorn/Albert Park
  4. David England, MUBC
  5. Hannah Every-Hall, Banks

Anthony Edwards

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club then to Tasmania in 2006
1992 – Trans Tasman Under 23 Series Australian Men’s lightweight sculling
1993 - World Championships - Men’s Lightweight Quad Scull three seat - Seventh
1994 - World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Quad Scull three seat - Fifth
1995 – Interstate Men’s Sculling Championship - Second
1995 - World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Double Scull bow - Bronze
1996 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship three seat - First
1996 - Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Double Scull bow – Bronze
1997 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship three seat - Second
1997 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Double Scull bow –Fifth
1998 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship three seat - Second
1998 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Four three seat – Bronze
1999 –Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship three seat – Second
1999 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat - Silver
2000 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship - Third
2000 - Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat – Silver
2002 – Interstate Men’s Scull – Fourth
2002 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Single Scull - Fifth
2003 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship 3 seat - Sixth
2003 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Double Scull bow – Tenth
2004 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship bow - Second
2004 – Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat – Silver
2007 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat – Seventh
2008 – Olympic Games – Men’s Lightweight Four two seat – Ninth
2010 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four (Tas) – First
2010 – World Championships Men’s Lightweight Four

Anthony Edwards after the 1996 Medal presentations

Anthony had an uncomfortable time in Beijing as he rowed with a broken rib. His attempt at open sculling in 2002 in the Interstate Championships was going well until the 1000m mark when the bigger scullers came to the fore. Anthony is currently the development officer of Rowing Tasmania.

Andrew Guerin 2010

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James Edwards

Before clubs could establish themselves, amateur rowing depended upon the boat builders to house and boat them. The most significant of the boat builders in Melbourne was James Edwards. He hosted the many early clubs in Victoria thus enabling amateur rowing in Victoria to develop strongly, far more than in other colonies. For example, when Banks commenced in 1866, they immediately hired boats and use of facilities from James Edwards. They commenced operations the weekend after their establishment meeting. He was the means by which amateur rowing flourished in Victoria.

He built the first racing eight in Australia which was launched on 23 October 1875 on the Yarra River. Due to the support of boat builders and in particular James Edwards, amateur rowing in Victoria was considerably more developed than in NSW by 1869. For example, the Victorian rowing season opened with ten clubs and 200 oarsmen staging a procession of boats.

Edwards Boatshed before the construction of Government House

Edwards was also a notable sculler who raced in the first outrigger sculling race in Australia at the Darling Harbour Regatta on 9th April 1855. It is reported that Issac Howard won this outrigger sculling race from James Edwards, who had just arrived from England. Reports indicated that Edwards was badly fouled in this race. This was the first time outrigged boats had been seen and used, and they were much favoured. John Lang said that in Victoria there were no watermen who could compete with James Edwards. “He was the build of a sculler, and had a finished and powerful style.”
James Edwards stayed in Sydney for some time, and became coxswain of H.M. Customs boat.) John Blackman, “Trident” of the Sydney Mail described the local scullers as very strong, but not clever, until they learned from the newcomers such as Edwards.
James Edwards had seven sons who assisted him in the business and many became fine scullers.

Andrew Guerin 2010

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Stewart Elder

Hawthorn Rowing Club then in about 1937 then Albert Park Rowing Club
1932 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship three seat – First
1933 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship three seat – Third
1934 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – did not finish
1935 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – Fourth
1937 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – Fifth
1938 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – Fourth
1938 – British Empire Games Men’s Four – Gold

1938 Australian Rowing Team for the Empire Games

Stewart is back row second from the right

Ernie Keary from NSW was appointed the sole selector for this Commonwealth Games team. An initial squad of twenty six oarsmen were selected and these rowers represented all States. The selections were finalised following Henley on the Yarra at the end of November. The crews convened at Sydney Rowing Club in Sydney to finalise the preparations. Elder was in the seven seat of a young Victorian crew in 1938 behind fellow inductee and stroke, Alan Jacobsen. Regrettably he died returning from World War II on a troop ship.

The following has been extracted from The Sporting Globe 22nd September 1945.

Oarsmen and officials will regret to learn that S/Sgt. Stuart Elder, Empire Games and King's Cup oarsman, who had been a prisoner-of-war in Germany, has been reported as presumed lost at sea early in September from the Otranto, which reached Freemantle yesterday (21.9.1945). His father, Mr Jim Elder, of 17 Hill Street Hawthorn, has been notified to this effect.

One of Victoria's best and most popular oarsmen, Elder rowed 3 in the Australian four stroked by J. Fisher (NSW) that won at the 1937 Empire Games at Sydney, and was 3 in the Victorian eight stroked by Alex Mcleish that won the King's Cup on the Yarra in 1932.

He also represented the State in the Australian title race at Queensland in 1933, Tasmania in 1934, New South Wales in 1935, South Australia in 1937, and Victoria in 1938.

When he enlisted Elder was Captain of Albert Park Rowing Club, but most of his rowing was done at Hawthorn. He had State title successes with both clubs, and in addition had many regatta victories.

Standing six feet two, and weighing more than twelve stone, Elder was a splendid stamp of athlete.

Andrew Guerin 2011 Updated Nov 2017

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David England

Melbourne University Rowing Club
1972 – National Championship Lightweight Eight cox – First
1974 - Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship cox – First
1975 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox - Third
1976 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox - Second
1977 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship cox – First
1977 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight cox – Bronze
1978 – Interstate Women’s Four Championship coach – First
1978 - Australian Championship Women's 8+ coach - First
1979 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship coach – First
1979 – National Championship Men’s Lightweight Eight cox - First
1979 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight cox - Sixth
1980 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox - First
1980 - Olympic Games - Men’s Eight cox - Fifth
1984 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship coach – First
2007-09 – Rowing Australia Finance Director
2010 – Rowing Australia Director
2011 - National Championship Women's Eight coach - First

1977 Australian Lightweight Eight - David in front row

David has continued his impressive involvement in the sport in many ways from coaching to administration. Following the 1984 Kings Cup Regatta, David's career took him overseas for 17 years. During this time he was an active member of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Rowing Section  (1984-1993) and Walton Rowing Club, England (1993 - 2001). Upon return to Australia he immersed himself actively at MUBC and is currently assisting the Women's squad there as a coach. He was Finance Director of Rowing Australia from 2007 - 2009 and is currently a board member.

Andrew Guerin 2011

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Hannah Every-Hall


Banks Rowing Club then Dutton Park
1999 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship bow - First
1999 – Nations Cup – Women’s Lightweight Double Scull stroke - Gold
2000 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship - Second
2001 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Quad Scull Championship three seat - Second
2002 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Quad Scull Championship three seat - Fourth
2002 – World Rowing Championships – Women’s Quad Scull stroke – Gold
2010 – World Championships Women’s Lightweight Double Scull stroke – Fourth
2011 – World Championships Women’s Lightweight Double Scull stroke – Fifth
2012 – Olympic Games Women’s Lightweight Double Scull stroke - Fifth
2014 – World Championships – Women’s Lightweight Quad Scull stroke – Silver

Celebrating a World Championships in 2002 - Hannah is on the right

Hannah started her rowing in country Victoria but regarded it as more social than competitive. Hannah got more serious when she went to university in Melbourne where she was studying sports psychology. She enjoyed it so continued. Before that her main sport was netball. During the peak of the career she had to manage the demanding roles of mother, wife and working as a sports nutritionist.

Andrew Guerin 2015

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