The fifty-third Head of the River was conducted on 8th May in bright sunshine on a calm day before a huge crowd of 100,000 spectators. The heats were coducted the day before. The great race the year before had certainly made this event a must see event for all Melbournians.
Later in this year the successful Geelong Grammar coach E J Curnow unfortunately died at the young age of 55.
Margin: One canvas & 2 lengths
1st Geelong Grammar - Bow: G C Northcote, 2: T S Carlyon, 3: R G Ritchie, 4: F S Cole, 5: F Gilder, 6: J S Bloomfield, 7: C R Speeding, Str: R E Webb-Ware, Cox: J E F Mann, Cch: E J Curnow
2nd Scotch College - Bow: Bryan T Keon-Cohen, 2: Douglas A Carter, 3: Charles H Hutton, 4: John G Paton, 5: Allan W Staley, 6: Hugh C Dick, 7: Beresford H Cole, Str: Douglas J W Stone, Cox: William M Shaw, Cch: Alexander B Sloan
3rd Xavier College- Bow: E Rorke, 2: L Lachal, 3; W Bryan, 4: L Cussen, 5: Emmett Shiel, 6: V Kelly, 7: A Hambrook, Str: Gerald Ryan, Cox: J Cosgriff, Cch: Wilfred "Bill" Cahill
Other crews competing included:
Geelong College - Bow: W L Waugh, 2: D W Hope, 3: N K Russell, 4: P Adzen, 5: F W Gilmore, 6: J R Macmillan, 7: G G Pern, Str: C C Bell, Cox: K J Tayor, Cch: H J Young
Wesley College - Bow: T J Liley, 2: T Standing, 3: D J Lawson, 4: N J Abernethy, 5: A N L Patten, 6: F B Glover, 7: A D McIntosh, Str: H T Gamble, Cox: R M Barden, Cch: Charles Donald
Melbourne Grammar - Bow: G R Weir, 2: N W Lockyer, 3: R Grey-Smith, 4: I D Sargood, 5: G R B Patterson, 6: E O James, 7: M L Baillieu, Str: K G Begg, Cox: J H Fitts
E1: 1st GGS, 2nd GC, Time: 5:32.0, Margin: 2.5 lengths
E2: 1st XC, 2nd MGS, Time: 5:42.0, Margin: One canvas
E3: 1st SC, 2nd WC, Time: 5:38.0, Margin: 0.75 length
(Not conducted at the Head of the River regatta. These races were conducted the week beforehand on 30th April on the Upper Yarra)
Margin: 1 foot
1st Wesley College
=2nd Scotch College
=2nd Melbourne Grammar
4th Xavier College
The two Geelong schools conducted their own seconds race on the same day on the Barwon with Geelong Grammar prevailing over Geelong College.