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1870 Head of the River

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.

A view of the Yarra River looking east from Prince's Bridge late in 1870



Starter: Prof Martin Howy Irving
Umpire: Mr J H Hood
Judge: Mr James Mitchell


Head of the River

Time: 8:14.0
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

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