The third Head of the River race was conducted on 24th June 1870. It was originally scheduled for 16th June but the Scotch College crew needed a substitute for the two man who had been injured at football.
This was resounding win for Melbourne Grammar who led all the way in their first win.
This was despite the Scotch crew containing both the winning stroke and coach from the crew of the previous year.
Starter: Prof Martin Howy Irving
Umpire: Mr J H Hood
Judge: Mr James Mitchell
Head of the River
Margin: 4 lengths
1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: J F Hamilton, 2: G F Armytage, 3: J J Smith, Str: S Seward, Cox: A J Manifold, Cch: A Nicholls
2nd Scotch College - Bow: Jerry G Ware, 2: John R Campbell, 3: Alfred W Logan, Str: John Catto, Cox: Charles M J Edwards, Cch: John C Johnstone