This event commenced in 1998 and was a coxed event event until 1978.
In Intervarsity Women's rowing, the Lady Margaret Cup was the recognised goal of all competing fours. However it had long been felt that recognition should be paid to the Intervarsity Pairs Event, and as a result Mrs Anne Ellison of Sydney donated the"Challenge trophy' for perpetual competition.
This trophy was first presented for contest at the 1969 Women's Rowing Intervarsity hosted by Western Australia. Newcastle University won this event, the Universities of Western Australia and Sydney gaining second and third placing respectively. Subsequently, in the 1970 Intervarsity hosted by the University of Queensland, a close final was fought out between Queensland and Sydney University. Queensland winning by the narrowest of margins.
Interest in rowing for Mrs Ellison was a result of her daughter's involvement in the sport at University. One of the foundation members of the Sydney University Women's Rowing Club, Anne has been president for the past four years and both managed and rowed in the 1969 Intervarsity in Perth; a member of the successful four and also winning the sculls.
It was with great delight that Mrs Ellison learnt that A.S.S.A had accepted the offer of the Challenge Trophy, and even more rewarding that it should be competed for in such an exciting and skilled manner at its first presentation in 1969 in Perth.
|1970||Queensland||Sydney||Other placings unknown|
|1971||Western Australia||Other placings unknown|
|1972||Australian National University||Other placings unknown|
|1973||Newcastle||Other placings unknown|
|1975||Western Australia||Other placings unknown|
|1976||Monash||Other placings unknown|
|1977||Sydney||Other placings unknown|
|1979||Melbourne||Sydney||Other placings unknown|
|1980||LaTrobe||Melbourne||Other placings unknown|
|1983||Australian National University||Sydney||Melbourne|
|1986||Adelaide||New South Wales||Sydney||Macquarie|
|1987||New South Wales||Sydney||Macquarie|
|1988||Australian National University||Queensland||Tasmania|
|1990||Australian National University||Queensland||Melbourne||New South Wales||Adelaide|
|1991||Australian National University||Queensland||Tasmania|
|1993||Adelaide||New South Wales||Sydney|
|2002||Sydney||Melbourne||UTS||New South Wales||Adelaide||ANU|
|2006||Melbourne||Deakin||Monash||New South Wales||Macquarie||Sydney|
|2007||Melbourne||Western Australia||Sydney||New South Wales||Queensland||Macquarie|
|2013||Sydney||Newcastle||ANU||New South Wales||Melbourne|
|2014||Melbourne||Sydney||Griffith||Adelaide||New South Wales||South Australia|