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1942 APS Head of the River

World War II was now impacting society markedly with petrol rationing and brownouts in place. The Headmasters agreed that the format for the seventy-fifth Head of the River needed change as a result of the government restrictions on crowds. There was to be a series of races amongst the crews and limitations on training. The same rules applied to the other non first crews. The races were conducted between 11th and 24th April.

After the completion of this racing, the Headmasters awarded the seventy-fifth Head of the River to Wesley College.

 


1942 Wesley Crew

Photo from Wesley College Boatshed

Head of the River

Time: N/a
Margin: N/a

1st Wesley College - Bow: E L Fleming. 2: K G Donaldson, 3: J H W Permezel, 4: L C Weber, 5: I S Parkin, 6: G K Pollock, 7: M J F Foley, Str: R J Purdue, Cox: W J Duncan, Cch: Neil H McNeil

The metropolitan schools raced each other sufficiently for the Headmasters to determine WC as the premier metropolitan premier school. This was perhaps unfortunate for the Geelong schools who did not have the same racing opportunities.

Other crews competing were:
Scotch College - Bow: Norman B Ampt, 2: Kenneth G Jamieson, 3: Raymond B Martin, 4: William A M Blair, 5: Edmund N O'Brien, 6: John F McNichol, 7: John A Booth, Str: Laurence M Muir, Cox: William B Mather, Cch: Charles B Boyes
Geelong College - Bow: H H M Sutherland, 2: P W Grtzner, 3: D G Hope Johnstone, 4: K S Nall, 5: J A C McDonald, 6: R P Charles, 7: D K Russell, Str: D S Vanrenen, Cox: G A Buchanan, Cch: E S Kishere
Geelong Grammar - Bow: B Cameron, 2: R A Kennison, 3: W L H Armstrong, 4: W H Morshead, 5: M O Wynne, 6: J D Gilder, 7: C Darvall, Str: C R Fairbairn, Cox: D L Martin, Cch: William H Pincott
Xavier College - Bow: K Munn, 2: J Tuthill, 3: G McMahon, 4: D Byrne, 5: E Guaran, 6: J Mortensen, 7: G Byrne, Str: Kevin O'Brien, Cox: P Falkland, cch: Eddie Fakhry
Melbourne Grammar - Bow: G W Hanson, 2: I D Watson, 3: G G Stewart, 4: E G Morcom, 5: W R Harper, 6: J R Gutteridge, 7: I K Debenham, Str: H M Ponsford, Cox: B H Sargood, W E " Wally" Ricketts

Melbourne Grammar First Crew

Standing (from left): I.D. Watson (2), E.G. Morcom (4), W.N. Ricketts Esq., G.G. Stewart (3) and C.W. Hanson (bow). Seated: J.R. Gutteridge (6), H.M. Ponsford (stroke), I.K. Debenham (7) and W.R. Harper (5). Out front: B.H. Sargood (cox) Photo courtesy of Melbourne Grammar Archives

Known racing:
11th April - 1st GC, 2nd XC on the Barwon
14th April - 1st WC, 2nd XCon the Upper Yarra. Time: 3:43.8, Margin: 2 lengths
16th April - 1st SC, 2nd XC on the Upper Yarra. Time 2:28.6, Margin: 2 lengths
17th April - 1st WC, 2nd MGS on the Upper Yarra. Time: 4:55.0, Margin: 3 lengths
18th April - 1st GGS, 2nd GC, 3rd SC on the Barwon. Margins: 1 1/4 lengths and 1 1/2 lengths
21st April - 1st WC, 2nd SC on the Upper Yarra. Margin: 3 lengths
22nd April - 1st MGS, 2nd XC on the Upper Yarra. Margin 2 1/2 lengths
24th April - 1st MGS, 2nd SC on the Upper Yarra. Margin: 1 3/4 lengths
Date unknown - 1st GGS, 2nd GC on the Barwon

Second Crews

Time: n/a

No placings were given this year as crews merely raced each other in a series of races.

Known crews included:
Scotch College - Bow: R R Trengrove, 2: A J Fenton, 3: V R Gamier, 4: C V Smith, 5: G E Price, 6: E K Simmons, 7: A T Dix, Str: M F Barnett, Cox: J A Taylor, Cch: W L Mitchell
Xavier College
Geelong Grammar
Geelong College
Wesley College
- Bow: G L Fudge, 2: K A Wilson, 3: A H Donagan, 4: I F Hibbins, 5: W J Boynton, 6: J E G Milford, 7: C G Dennis, Str: W J Bottomer, Cox: E G McPherson
Melbourne Grammar
- Bow: V C Morgan, 2: M Wallace-Mitchell, 3: I Ferguson, 4: P P Gorman, 5: G J Colquhoun, 6: B Kennon, 7: W B Williams, Str: G N Handbury, Cox: D A Clendinnen

Melbourne Grammar School Second Crew

From left: D.A. Clendinnen, G.N. Handbury,W.B. Williams, B. Kennon, G.J. Colquhoun,P.P. Gorman, I. Ferguson, M. Wallace-Mitchell and V.C. Morgan
Photo courtesy of Melbourne Grammar Archives

Known results:
1st SC, 2nd XC, Time: 2:31.6, Margin: 2 lengths
1st GGS, 2nd GC, 3rd SC
1st WC, 2nd SC, Margin: 1 length
1st MGS, 2nd SC, Margin: 1/2 length

Third Crews

Time: N/a

No placings were given this year as crews merely raced each other in a series of races. The Geelong crews raced amongst themselves.

Known crews:
Scotch College - Bow: W B Matheson, 2: A W Ogilvy, 3: J Wardlaw, 4: M L Fitzpatrick, 5: K S McKenzie, 6: D M Bennett, 7: J A Warr, Str: D M McLaren, Cox: W G Philip, Cch: Laurence M Muir
Xavier College
Melbourne Grammar
Wesley College
- Bow: R T Drew, 2: J N McLean, 3: A L Betheras, 4: L H Brodie, 5: G E Eastaugh, 6: R A Ussher, 7: D W McLean, Str: M A Edwards, Cox: G Carbines
Geelong Grammar
Gelong College

Melbourne Grammar School Third Crew

Photo courtesy of Melbourne Grammar Archives

Known races:
1st SC, 2nd XC, Margin: 2 lengths (in the rerow)
1st WC, 2nd SC, Margin: 1/2 length
1st SC, 2nd MGS, Margin 2 lengths

Fourth Crews

Time: N/a

No placings were given this year as crews merely raced each other in a series of races. The Geelong crews raced amongst themselves.

Known crews:
Scotch College - Bow: B L Adams, 2: J K Walker, 3: D F Macleish, 4: G M Smith, 5: J M Main, 6: B H Gorham, 7: J W Dandie, Str: R I Gillies, Cox: M J Smith, Cch: J A Booth
Xavier College
Wesley College
- Bow: W C Bowring, 2: F L Burns, 3: R G Curwen, 4: I M Loder, 5: P L Parkes, 6: D E Vaughan, 7: J D Campbell, Str: D A Mason, Cox D Eakins
Melbourne Grammar

Known results:
1st XC, SC disqualified.
1st WC, 2nd SC, 3rd SC 5ths, Margin 2 lengths
1st MGS, 2nd SC, Margin: 1/2 length

Fifth Crews

Time: N/a
Margin: One canvas

Only two metropolitan schools boated these crews, Scotch and Melbourne Grammar.
1st Melbourne Grammar - Bow: G P Connard, 2: R B Johnson, 3: F J Clendinnen, 4: A Gross, 5: A P R Hamilton, 6: P L Gray, 7: B McK Birrell, Str: R J Scott, Cox: D G Sargood
2nd Scotch College
- Bow:T I Leslie, 2: J M Cameron, 3: B L Burns, 4: T P Ritchie, 5: K A Eraser, 6: G I Walsh, 7: J D Davis, Str: D F Walton, Cox: J L Todd, Cch: A L Dix

Melbourne Grammar Fifth Crew

Photo courtesy of Melbourne Grammar Archives

 

Known results:
1st SC, 2nd MGS, Margin 1 foot

Sixth Crews

Time: NTT
Margin: 1 length

Only two metropolitan schools boated these crews, Scotch and Melbourne Grammar.
1st Melbourne Grammar 6th crew
2nd Melbourne Grammar 7th crew
3rd Scotch College - Bow: J W McKeown, 2: K C Walton, 3: J A Beyer, 4: J K Cobain, 5: G D Barr, 6: B H Alston, 7: L R N Stuber, Str: R deC Shaw, Cox: D G Macleish, Cchs: H Stretton & A L Burns

Melbourne Grammar Sixth Crew

Photo courtesy Melbourne Grammar Archives

Sources

 

  • The Pincott Club Handbook 2006
  • Scotch Collegian 1942
  • Lift her home to victory, lads! A centenary history of Xavier College 1906-2006 by Michael Lefebvre
  • Appendix to A Deepening Roar Scotch College 1851-2001 by James Mitchell, Allen & Unwin 2001
  • Wesley College Chronicle 1942

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