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1886 Head of the River

Geelong Grammar was again the winners and again from Melbourne Grammar.

The nineteenth Head of the River was conducted on the Barwon River for the second time with heats on 21st May and the final the next day.

Index to Results:



Starter & Umpire: Mr J I Strachan

Judge: Mr C A Allen


Melbourne had been forced by the regular Yarra River floods to start work on a new Princes Bridge as the old stone bridge did not have a sufficiently large arch to accomodate flood waters from the Yarra River. In flooding, the old bridge acted as a dam causing great dam upstream, including to the boat sheds.

The laying of the foundation stone
of the new Princes Bridge in 1886


Head of the River

Time: 8:30.5
Margin: 1 1/2 lengths

1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: C McIntyre, 2: A J Bailey, 3: J E Robertson, Str: S F Mann, Cox: F N Clarke, Cch: James L Cuthbertson
2nd Melbourne Grammar - Bow: E Manifold, 2: H L Price, 3: J R Mouritz, Str: W C MacKnight, Cox: L R Smale, Cch: W M Burn

Other crew competing:
Scotch College - Bow: Robert S Matheson, 2: Robert W Ainslie, 3: William D Gilfillan, Str: Charles P L Kreimayer, Cox: Henry N Young, Cch: William H Jerram
Wesley College - Bow: V Burdekin, 2: J Robb, 3: C A Derrick, Str: A J Monger, Cox: J Burrows

E1: 1st MGS, 2nd SC, Margin: 2 lengths
E2: 1st GGS, 2nd WC, Margin: 9 lengths

Final– The Geelong crew led early which was fortunate. The stroke broke his stretcher and had to finish the race using mainly arms and body. The cox assisted by bracing the stretcher and the crew went onto win well by 1 1/2 lengths.

Second Crew

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

Time: No time available
Margins: 5 lengths and 3/4 length

1st Geelong Grammar School
2nd Melbourne Grammar
3rd Scotch College

This race was conducted on Albert Park Lake.

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