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1888 Head of the River

The twenty-first Head of the River was conducted back on the Upper Yarra on 18th and 19th May. Wesley, for reasons unknown, did not compete.

Geelong Grammar won both races by 6 lengths and the competition was poor. The Geelong crew was as strong as the opposition weak. The margins were probably much more than Mr Carlile officially prescribed.

Geelong raced the first inter colonial schools race against St Ignatius of Sydney on the Barwon.

Index to Results:



Starter: Mr G G Henderson

Umpire: Mr A Nicholls

Judge: Mr Edward Carlile


Head of the River

Time: NTT
Margin: 200 yards

1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: H Gillett, 2: S E Bailey, 3: J W Thompson, Str: T Parkin, Cox: H M Downes, Cchs: James L Cuthbertson & W E P Austin
2nd Scotch College - Bow: James S Harvey, 2: Leslie J Magennis, 3: Samuel Atchison, Robert G Harvey, Cox: D'Arcy T Harvie, Cch: George H Freeman

Other crew competing:
Melbourne Grammar - Bow: G Graham, 2: S M Brown, 3: R B S Hammond, Str: A B Thomson, Cox: Herbert Charles Edwards, Cch: W M Burn

1st GGS, 2nd MGS, Margin: 6 lengths. Scotch secured a bye.

1888 Geelong Grammar crew and coaches

Second Crew

(This race was not conducted as part of the Head of the River regatta but on 4th and 5th October.)

Time: NTT
Margin: 1/2 length

1st Geelong Grammar
2nd Melbourne Grammar

Other crews competing:
Scotch College
Wesley College

E1: 1st GGS, 2nd SC. Margin 6 lengths
E2: 1st MGS, 2nd WC. Margin: 4 lengths

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