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1881 APS Head of the River

Heats and a final were again utilised for the fourteenth Head of the River on the Upper Yarra one mile course on 13th and 14th May 1881. Geelong Grammar again requested that the race be held on the Barwon but Scotch and Wesley did not agree. It was not until 1886 that it was agreed that the race should be conducted on the Barwon every four years.

Geelong Grammar finished second behind Wesley College in the heat by a length in a boil over - everyone expected a Geelong victory. Melbourne Grammar finished three lengths behind Scotch in their heat.

The final was close until Swan Street when Scotch drew away to win comfortably.

Index to Results:



Starter: Mr Edward Carlile

Umpire: Mr A Nicolls

Judge: Mr J W Colville


Head of the River

Time: NTT
Margin: 3 lengths

1st Scotch College - Bow: Gideon U Rutherford, 2: Samuel J McCulloch, 3: Charles A Finlay, Str: Herman F Lawrence, Cox: George E Lorimer, Cch: John Wallace
2nd Wesley College - Bow: S L Angwin, 2: J H Trahair, 3: J H Permewan, Str: E A Heath, Cox: J F Hester, Cch: G H Brown

Other crews competing:
Geelong Grammar
- Bow: W L Robertson, 2: I P Manifold, 3: W Moffat, Str: R J M Broughton, Cox: J Bailey, Cch: J L Cuthbertson
Melbourne Grammar School - Bow: C R Matthews, 2: G F B Smith, 3: F W Osborne, Str: S A Bucknall, Cox: H G Wragge, Cch: Mr Miller

Heat results:
E1: 1st WC, 2nd GGS, Margin 1 length
E2: 1st SC, 2nd MGS, Margin 3 lengths

Second Four

(This race was not part of the Head of the River regatta.)

Time: NTT
Margin: 5 lengths

1st Geelong Grammar
2nd Melbourne Grammar

Other crew competing:
Wesley College

1st GGS, 2nd WC. Margin 6 feet. MGS secured a bye.

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