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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 H

Those appearing below are:

  1. John Harry, MUBC/Mercs
  2. Dennis Hatcher, Mercantile
  3. John Hawkins, Mercantile
  4. Brett Hayman, Mercantile
  5. Sarah Heard, MUBC
  6. H Neil Hewitt, Mercantile
  7. Sir Joseph Hood, MUBC/Richmond/Melbourne
  8. Seventh Earl of Hopetoun
  9. Kate Hornsey, Mercantile
  10. James Howden, MUBC
  11. Neville Howell, Banks

John Harry

Melbourne University Boat Club and Mercantile Rowing Club
1964 – Victorian Public Schools Head of the River - First
1967 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – Fourth
1967 - Australian National Selection Trials Men’s Coxed Four three seat-Second
1967 – USA National Championships – Men’s Coxed Four three seat – Second
1967 – FISA North American Championships – Men’s Coxed Four three seat – First
1967 – European Championships – Men’s Coxed Four three seat- Eighth
1968 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – Second
1968 – Olympic Games – Men’s Coxed Four - selected by AARC but rejected by AOF for team size reasons.
1969 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – First
1970 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – First
1972 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – Third
1973 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat - Second
1974 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – Eliminated in repechage
1983 – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship coach – Second
1983 - Australian Men’s Under 23 Eight Championship coach-First;
1992 - National Regatta Organising Committee Chair.

1967 Four with North American Championships Trophy

John has maintained his interest and commitment to the sport as a competitor, coach, administrator and fundraiser throughout his life whilst pursuing a very successful career as a partner of major national law firm and family commitments. His continuing support of rowing and of his club is admirable.

Andrew Guerin 2015

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Dennis Hatcher

Adelaide University Boat Club (SA) then Mercantile Rowing Club
1973 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship (SA) seven seat - Third
1974 – Australian University Championships- Men’s eight – First
1976 – Australian University Championships- Men’s pair – First
1976 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship (SA) stroke - Third
1977 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship (SA) stroke – Second
1978 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight bow – Bronze
1979 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship two seat - First
1979 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight three seat – Sixth
1989 – World Championships - selector
1990 – World Championships - selector
1991 – World Championships – selector
1992 – World Championships - selector
1992 – Olympic Games - selector
1993 – World Championships - selector
1994 – World Championships – selector

1978 Australian Lightweight Eight - Dennis is far left
Dennis continues to hold senior positions in sports science and sports administration. He is currently working in Qatar.

Andrew Guerin 2013

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John Hawkins

South Melbourne RC 1968-1972, QLD (Surfers Paradise RC) 1972-1975 then Mercantile Rowing Club 1975-present
1974 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship (QLD) three seat - Third
1976 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship (VIC) bow - First
1976 - National Championship Lightweight Four Bow – First
1977 - National Championships Lightweight Eight stroke – First
1977 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship emergency
1977 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight stroke – Bronze
1979 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight two seat – Sixth

David England, John Hawkins and coach Hubert Frederico discuss the row

John continued his interest in rowing after his competitive career by setting up the inaugural rowing program at Loreto College Mandeville Hall and was on the original committee with Susie Palfreyman and others that led to the Head of the Schoolgirls regatta. He also coached the Xavier College 1st VIII for four years in late 90’s.

Andrew Guerin 2011

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Brett Hayman

Yarra Yarra Rowing Club then Mercantile Rowing Club then AIS Daramalan Rowing Club (ACT)

1991 – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship VIC - Second
1993 – World Championships – Men’s Coxed Four - Fifth
1994 – World Championships – Men’s Coxed Four - Fifth
1995 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship VIC– First
1995 – World Championships – Men’s Eight - Eleventh
1996 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight– Sixth
1997 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship ACT – First
1997 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight– Gold
1998 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship - Fourth
1998 – World Championships – Men’s Coxed Four– Gold
1998 – World Championships – Men’s Coxed Pair– Gold
1999 – World Championships – Men’s Eight – Seventh
1999 – World Championships – Men’s Coxed Pair - Fourth
2000 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship ACT - Second
2000 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight– Silver
2001 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship ACT – Fourth
2003 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship ACT – Fifth
2004 – RA Athletes Committee member

Brett in front of medal winning 2000 Australian Olympic Eight

Andrew Guerin 2010

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Sarah Heard

Melbourne University Boat Club (VIC)
2002 – Interstate Women’s Youth Eight Championship two seat - Second
2003 – Interstate Women’s Youth Eight Championship six seat - Third
2004 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship seven seat - Third
2004 – World Under 23 Regatta Women’s Pair - Fifth
2005 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships stroke – Gold
2005 – World Championships Women’s Eight – Gold
2006 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships stroke – Gold
2006 – World Championships Women’s Eight – Bronze
2006 – World Championships Women’s Pair – Ninth
2007 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships four – Gold
2007 – World Championships Women’s Eight – Fourth
2008 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships stroke – Gold
2008 – Olympic Games Women’s Eight stroke – Sixth
2009 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships stroke – Gold
2010 – World Championships Women’s Four bow - Silver

Sarah in 2005 World Champion Eight

Andrew Guerin 2015

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H Neil Hewitt OAM

Mercantile Rowing Club
1955_ Victorian Championship Eight cox -Win
1956_ Victorian Championship Eight cox - Win
1956 _ Victorian Championship Four cox -Win
1956 _ Tasmanian Championship Eight cox -Win
1955 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox– Second
1956 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox– First
1956 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight cox – Bronze


Neil currently continues his work for the sport as a member & Treasurer of the Melbourne Amateur Regatta Association and is one of a small group which has overseen the revitalisation of the Melbourne Henley Regatta.

Andrew Guerin 2010

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Sir Joseph Hood

MUBC, then Richmond & Melbourne Rowing Clubs
Sir Joseph Hood (1846-1922), gained the attention of the RV Awards Committee as one of the founders of the Association and author of the Association rules which stood virtually untouched for many years. He was a well-known supporter of the sport including being a sport journalist.

His obituary in the Victorian Rowing Association annual report of 1922 records:
Sir Joseph Hood, who died on 29th January 1922 was one of the founders of the Association: in fact, it was as a result of his proposal that the Association was formed at a meeting on 7th October 1876, and he drafted the original rules.  Sir Joseph Hood was a well-known member of the Richmond Club in his younger days, when he met with success as an oarsmen.

Hood was clearly a great rower of his time with Grand Challenge wins for senior four in 1870 and 1871, the leading race of that time.

Winners of the Gardiner Cup 1869-70 and also Senior Fours 1870-71
Left to right: James Mitchell (Stroke), Robert Mitchell (3), Whitehead (cox), Joseph Hood (2), J Mitchell (bow)

Sir John Young in the Australian Dictionary of Biography records: As a young man Hood was keenly interested in sport. He played in the first XI at Scotch College and subsequently became a notable oarsman. He rowed first with the Melbourne University crew but later joined the Richmond Club. For some time he contributed the rowing notes to the Australasian. He retired from rowing in 1873.

Andrew Guerin 2011

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Seventh Earl of Hopetoun

(25 Sept 1860 - 29 Feb 1908)

Born: John Adrian Louis Hope, son of Sixth Earl of Hopetoun
Later: First Marquess of Linlithgow, First Governor General of Australia

The Earl of Hopetoun was the first Patron of the Victorian Rowing Association. He was at the time, the Governor of Victoria.

Not only was the first Patron of the Association the Govenor of Victoria, he had an interest in rowing. He rowed at Eton whilst at school and kept a sculling boat on Albert Park Lake.

It was this scull that was used by Cassie McRitchie when she won the sculling race from Elizabeth Messenger of Sydney at the Federation regatta in 1901.

 

The Australian Dictionary of Biography adds: His governorship coincided with important years of the Federation movement of which he was a fervent supporter. After an extension of his term he left Melbourne in March 1895.
In 1895-98 Hopetoun was paymaster-general in Salisbury's government. In 1898, having declined the governor-generalship of Canada, he became Lord Chamberlain. On 13 July 1900 it was announced that the Queen had approved his appointment as first governor-general of the Commonwealth of Australia. He was made Knight of the Thistle and G.C.V.O.

In October 1902, he was created Marquess of Linlithgow and hence the name given to Linlithgow Avenue.

Largely sourced from the Australian Dictionary of Biography by Andrew Guerin 2016

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Kate Hornsey

New Norfolk Rowing Club and then Mercantile Rowing Club
2000 – Interstate Women’s Youth Eight Championship – Fifth
2001 – Interstate Women’s Youth Eight Championship six seat - Sixth
2003 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship four seat - Fourth
2003 – Under 23 World Regatta – Women’s Four - Silver
2004 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship stroke – Fifth
2005 – World Championships Women’s Eight – Gold
2005 – World Championships Women’s Four – Gold
2006 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships stroke (TAS) – Bronze
2006 – World Championships Women’s Eight – Bronze
2006 – World Championships Women’s Four – Gold
2007 – World Championships Women’s Eight - Fourth
2007 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships stroke (TAS) – Fifth
2008 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships stroke (TAS) – Fifth
2008 – Olympic Games Women’s Eight six – Sixth
2010 – World Championships Women’s Four stroke - Silver
2011 – World Championships Women’s Pair bow – Bronze
2011 – World Championships Women’s Four stroke – Silver
2012 – Olympic Games Women’s Pair stroke – Silver
2014 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships stroke (TAS) – Fifth
2014 – World Championships Women’s Eight stroke - Tenth
2015 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships stroke (TAS) – Fifth

2005 World Champion Four

Kate Hornsey, Pauline Frasca, Emily Martin and Robyn Selby Smith

Andrew Guerin 2015

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James Howden

Melbourne University Boat Club/Mercantile Rowing Club
1956 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – First
1956 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight four seat – Bronze
1959 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – Second
1960 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – Third
1962 – World Championships – Men’s Coxed Four stroke – Fifth
1976 – Olympic Games – Selector
1977 – World Championships – Selector
1978 – World Championships – Selector
1979 – World Championships – Selector
1980 – Olympic Games – Selector

1956 Olympic Eight with coach and reserves

Jim Howden is back row third from the left

Jim was highly regarded for his selection work which crossed over the period when Reinhold Batschi arrived with his revolutionary, but very sound ideas. Jim was a great supporter of the changes that Batschi brought to the sport and his position in the sport assisted in their implementation.

Jim was a judge of the County Court in Victoria and father of Richard, an Australian representative. He died in 1993 after a well fought battle with cancer.

Andrew Guerin 2010

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Neville Howell

Preston Rowing Club then Banks Rowing Club in about 1952
1951 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – Second
1952 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First
1953 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First
1954 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First
1955 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – Second
1956 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First
1956 – Olympic Games –Men’s Eight six seat – Bronze
1957 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First
1959 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – Second
1960 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – Third
1960 – Olympic Games – Men’s Coxed Pair stroke – eliminated in repechage
1962 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First
1962 – British Empire & Commonwealth Games – Men’s Eight stroke – Gold
1962 – World Championships – Men’s Eight stroke – fifth

1956 Olympic medal presentations

Neville is second from left in six seat

Neville is still rowing today and has not yet retired from work. His rowing career is outstanding and one of the few rowers to compete at a high level for over a decade. He won 6 King’s Cup races and won two medals in international competition. He was a superb rower as a young man and still is today as a senior masters rower. Since rowing masters he has won 50 Gold medals won three world titles and probably his most memorable would have been winning the world masters sculling race in Sydney in 2010.

Andrew Guerin 2010

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