The racing for the eighth Head of the River was conducted on 14th and 15th May after a postponement on 13th May due to flooding. As further postponements were not available, two individual races were conducted.
Geelong Grammar School crew finished second to Scotch College in the first heat with Wesley having a bye. The Geelong crew had lost their original number three Cole, who was replaced by Armytage who lacked condition.
The second heat or final was raced between Scotch and Wesley with Scotch winning.
Geelong Grammar joined the competition in this year necessitating heats and finals. Geelong Grammar had commenced rowing in 1870 using Barwon Rowing Club equipment. In 1874 they purchased their own boat and established their boat club.
The Sumner Challenge Cup was presented this year for the first time and was to be won permanently by the school who should win the event three times. Scotch College won the trophy permanently.
Melbourne Grammar did not compete this year again reportedly arising from the 1873 controversy. This year the
In the foreground is a Civil Service Rowing Club crew who won the first eight oared race in that year. In the background is the old Edwards boatshed.
Starter: Mr H A Williams
Umpire: Not known
Judge: Not known
Head of the River
Margin: 1 length
1st Scotch College - Bow: Thomas Affleck, 2: T George Evans, 3: Samuel C Lamrock, Str: E B Pender, Cox: Frederick J Edwards, Cch: John Wallace
2nd Wesley College - Bow: E Rowe, 2: H M Curtayne, 3: H Rowe, Str: T Hepburn, Cox: F Ford, Cch: Prof Martin Howy Irving
Other crew competing:
Geelong Grammar - Bow: W Power, 2: D S Walker, 3: C N Armytage, Str: Charles Fairbairn (Captain of Boats), Cox: F Godfrey, Cch: James L Cuthbertson
Known heat results:
E1: 1st SC, 2nd GGS, Margin easily (in one report, 4 lengths). WC had the benefit of a bye.
E2 & final: 1st SC, 2nd WC, Margin 1 length