City of Warrnambool Rowing Club – 140 years on the Hopkins River
By Susan Finnigan
- Table of Contents
- 1: Inception to shed
- 2: 1890 - World War One
- 3: War to War
- 4: Peace, Olympics, alcohol, tragedy, a new shed and a few wins
- 5: Centenary celebrated, State Champions off to the Nationals
- 6: Moving along the bank
- 7: Masters and schools row through the wilderness years
- 8: Rowing on
- Life Members
- Presidents and Vice-Presidents: 1870-2015
- Committee: 1870-2015
- Committee: Warrnambool Ladies Rowing Club, 1911-1937
Committee: 1870 - 2015
(City of) Warrnambool Rowing Club Committees. In some instances it was difficult to distinguish if the committee applied to a financial or calendar year or rowing season, as some names were reported in newspaper articles. This list is accurate to within one year, as far as possible.
|1871||Mr C Kruger||Mr B Duffin||Regatta committee: Captain Alfred Selby, W Bateman, W Allan, E W St Quintin,
T E Bostock, J Flaxman, H Laurie, D M George, J A W Smart, Walter S
Helpman, W Pearson, E L Macgregor, A Baynes, D Sutton, J Chadwick, A
McKee, W Foote jun, J Tyler, D Brown, C Hortle, E Roache and Peter J
|1872||Rowers included: A Baynes and Mr John Tyler|
|1873||A Baynes||Mr C Everett||Mr F Burley||Messrs J T Taylor, E Roache, C Gray, J Snow, TW Southcombe (or Southerland)
and G Shakespeare. Over 100 member’s rowers included: J Becham, E Carey, G
Betts, R Carey, W Fairfax and W. Harrison
|1874||Rowers included: W S Davidson, W G Fairfax, C Hider, J Proudfoot, C Grey, J Milne, R Carey, J McGennan and E Roache|
|1885||Mr J P Mack||Mr W S Helpman||Captain A S Brown||Messrs. Stanley, McGennan, Crawford, J.T. Rogers, F. W. Briggs, James Nelson, O.
Wilson, George Proudfoot, and C.M. Plues. (T.H. Osborne-was involved with the
vice presidents and captain in organising sculling challenge race). Rowers included:
A. Anson, F. Peacock, A.C. Nelson and Jas Ross (cox)
|1886||Mr J P Mack||Mr W S Helpman||Captain A S Brown||Messrs. O. Wilson, James Nelson, A. Anson, E. H. Price, Peter J. McGennan, R.
Sheldrick, J. Lumsden, J.T. Rogers and J. Carpenter. Rowers included: A.C. Nelson
and J. Ross (cox)
|1887||Captain A S Brown
||Rowers included A. & J. Nelson, A. Anson, C. O’Donnell, H. Saltau, E.H. Price, G. Lumsden, S. Wilson, E. Carpenter, Taylor, J.
T. Rodgers, R. Sheldrick, J. Lumsden,
C. Humphreys, F. Speed, J. Newman, Tieman, J. Granter, A. Wilson, McGrath, Wooles, J. Ross. John Tallent, M. Birmingham, Gus Stelling, F. Look, George Proudfoot, Geo. Telling, J. Birmingham, J.
Proudfoot, Thos. Proudfoot, J. Ritches, W. Rodger, E. Laing, P. Neal, J. Birmingham, Wes Rotchie and W. Parke
|1888||E H Price||Captain A S Brown||Rowers included: Mr W. Rawley, A. Anson, E. O’Donnell, H. Saltau, E. Carpenter,
A. Nelson, E. H. Price, J. Ross (cox). Hopkins: P. Neal, J. Birmingham, Wes Rotchie
and W. Parke
|1889||Mr H W Osbourne||Me H A C Macdonald||Patrons: Hons N. Thornley, S. W. Cooke, Agar Wynne, MLC and Mr John Murray,
MLC. Rowers included: A. Nelson
|1890||Rowers included: B. Laing, T. Redford, G. Proudfoot, C. Ross, T. Rowan, A. Brown, C. Ross, and Granter.
|1891||Rowers included: J. Granter, A.S. Brown, F.T. Redford, C. Ross, T. Rowan, G. Proudfoot, P Ryan, D. O’Driscoll, D. Cleary, A. Lumsden,
B. Laing, D. Rowan, J. Rowan and A. Geilhofer.
|1892||Rowers included: A. Lumsden, B. Laing, D. Rowan, J. Rowan and A. Geilhofer.
|1893||Rowers Included: A. Lumsden, P. Ryan, D. Rowan, J. Rowan, D. Cleary, F. Gasper, R. Proudfoot, J. Coate, A.S. Brown, D. Cleary, D. O’Driscoll,
E.H. Price, T. Rowan and C.
|1896||J S Mack||Major Helpman||A S Brown, Vice: D O'Driscoll||Patron Agar Wynne, M.L.C., Mr J. Murray, M.L.A., Dr Scott and Mr C.N.T. Opie.
|1898||Rowers included: D. O’Driscoll, Fairbairn, Cruickshank, Cust, J. Hodgins, Molan, Taggart and Geilhofer
|1900||Rowers included: George Brown.
|1901||Patrons included: E.W. Norris (a jeweller).
|1903||Rowers included: E. H. Price, R. Proudfoot, T. Rowan, D. Rowan, D. O’Driscoll, P. Ryan, C. O’Donnell, J. Rowan and D. Cleary.
|1904||Rowers included: A.R. Proudfoot, P. Standering, S. Brown, R. Younger, Davies, McCoombe, Strang, Battarbee, Dudson, Flett, Chew, Good,
W & A Price, H. Fletcher, Jewell, A. Proudfoot, H., S. & G.
Brown, Younger, Beaumont, Standering, Bruce, Ladner, Hyde, Tillson, R & O. Wilson, Hodgens, Morse, McCoombe, Carter, McDowall, Dudson, Marfell, Ballinger and Worland
|1905||Rowers included: W. Flett, B. Chew, T. Strang, A. Price. Committee: Mr Marfell and Mr D. O’Driscoll
|1909||Rowers included: Jarrani, W. Flett, W.I. Marfell, R.J. Russell, A.J. Fisher, H.G. Marfell and V. Williamson (cox)
|1912||Rowers included: B. Rudd, V. Quinn, T. Richer, R. Jenkins, R. Curtis (cox), A. Collins, C. Jackaway, A. Manson, C. Humphreys, D. E.
Fisher and W. R. McDonald
|1913||Rowers included: L. Garland, E. Artso, W. Evans, V. Proudfoot and Richmond
|1914||Mr F J Gill||Members: Trigg, Osborne, Walsh, B Laing, Ernie. E. Jenkins, H. Jenkins, Frank. J. Grayson, A. Armstrong, W. Schwarzenberg, W.
Hope, J. Jackson, A. Zully, O’Benllie, D. O’Driscoll, H. Marfell, A. R. Proudfoot, C. Foyle, A. J. Fisher, Gaittan, Mr Arthur Anson, J.
Sizeland, T. Jackaway, C. Jackaway, T. Tinker, R. New, J. Broadway, T. Dwyer. Regatta secretary: Mr C. Meckin Treasurer: Mr F. G.
Osborne, Stan. Palmer (cox) and Les. Palmer (cox)
|1915||Mr Ernie E Jenkins||Frank J Grayson||Mr C Foyle, Vice: A J Fisher||T. Mackay and C Swinburne. G. Robinson, Foyle, Corporal W. Hope, C. Jackaway,
H & E. Jenkins, W. Renwick, Tinker, Proudfoot, New, F. Hobbs, V. Smith, W.
McDonald, D. O’Driscoll, Arthur Anson, G. Bromyers and J. Thompson
|1916||H Jenkins, E E Jenkins||F J Grayson||Mr C Foyle, Mr G Robinson, Mr C Jackaway||D. O’Driscoll, W. Renwick, C. Jenkins, W. Hope, R. New, W. Schwarzenberg and
E. Jenkins. Members included: M. J. Tate, A. T. Price, Grayson, Tinker, Bowman,
and Storey. New members: Spotteswood, Hoeckle, Claffey, Lark, Rufus, Harrington
other rowers included: B. Proudfoot, R. New and S. Palmer
|1917||E E Jenkins||F J Grayson||Vice: B Proudfoot||D. O’Driscoll, C. Foyle, C. Jackaway, R. New, H. Jenkins, K. McDougall and K.
Storey. Coaches: A. Anson, T. O’Donnell. Audit: M.J. Tate. Rowers included:
Tinker, Bowman, D. Spottswood, Storey, Tinker, Hoeckle, E. Mitchell, D. Battarbee,
V. Sheriffs, B. Proudfoot, C. Mitchell, W. Sarli, H. Owens, L. Roper, S. Palmer, L.
Palmer, and T. Anson
|1918||Committee/Rowers included: O’Driscoll, Grayson, New, Jenkins, Hoeckle, Russell, Hickford, T. Anson, Roper. Wishart, O’Donnell, Hope,
Neagle and Whiphes
|1919||O’Driscoll, Grayson, Jenkins, Hoeckle, Russell, Hickford, Anson, Roper. Wishart, O’Donnell, Hope, Neagle, Whiphes, Bostock, Ritchie,
Robinson and Greening
|1920||W Hope||O’Driscoll, Jenkins, Anson, Roper. Wishart, Watson, Bostock, Robinson, Greening,
Grayson (2), P. Curtis, Wishart, Tinker, Collins, O’Brien, Holand Les. Palmer, S.
Tinker, E. Tinker, T. Anson, C. Riches and Gainlands
|1921||O’Driscoll, E. & H. Jenkins, Anson, Hope, Watson, Greening, Grayson (2), Curtis, Tinker, Owen, G & D. Thompson, Murphy, Fisher,
Dixon, Russell, Owen, Dider, Swan, Fairy and
|1922||O’Driscoll, E. & H. Jenkins, Anson, Hope, Watson, Greening, Grayson (2), Curtis, Tinker, Owen, Jim, G & D. Thompson, Murphy,
Fisher, Dixon, Russell, Owen, Dider, Swan, Fairy &
|1923||O’Driscoll, Jenkins (x2), Anson, Hope, Watson, Greening, Grayson (2), Curtis, Tinker, Owen, G & D. Thompson, Murphy, Fisher, Dixon,
Russell, Owen, Dider, Swan, Fairy & Curtis
|1924||O’Driscoll, Jenkins, W. Hope, Curtis, Fary, Healand, McGill, Dunney, McConnell, B Kane, J. McKenzie, F. Brown, D. Callandes, A. Anson,
W. McGuire, T. Floyd and B. C. O’Driscoll
|1925||J Dale||W Hope||Kane, Vice: Tinkler||Dower, Brown, Knights, Healand, Jackman, Jenkin, and Anson. Rowers included: J.
MacNamara, H. Sherrif, J. MacNamara, C. Earls, L. Halliwell and T. Fary
|1926||Jenkins||Mr J Gorman||Kane, Vice: Thompson||Brown, Jas. Knights, P. Knights, Mr Steere, Mr Dale, Mr McCullough, Mr G. H.
McCullough and Anson
|1927||Jenkins, Assist: Mr C Dodds||Mr J Downs||Mr George Brown, Vic: J Shergold||G. Fraser, L. Dodds, R. Gibbons, D. Owen, L. Lloyd, T. Anson W. Hooke, P.
Knights, W. Fary, D. Owens, A. Steere & L. Floyd
|Mr J Downs||D Owens, Vice: Geo. Brown||A. Steere, A Fisher, P. Knights, J. Fisher, G. Fisher, G. Fary, A. Anson and L.
|1929||Mr C Dodds||Mr J Downs||George Brown||Anson and Jackman|
|1930||Steere, Anson, Scutcheon, Hensal, C. Dodds, Downs and M. Armstrong
|1931||Mr C Dodds||Mr J Downs||Anson, Pickering, Dodds, Scutcheon, G. Fary, J. Fary, Edsall and M. Armstrong.
|1932||Mr C Dodds||Anson, Knights, Downs, Proudfoot, Scutcheon, Kane, Jackman, Maloney, Jenkins,
Gibbons and M. Armstrong
|1933||Maloney, A. Anson, C. Dodds and M. Armstrong
|1935||Mr C Dodds||Mr Fred Comber||Roy Scutcheon (coach), A. Anson and Toohey
|Mr Richmond||Vice: Dodds & Mr
|Scutcheon (coach), Toohey, Saddler, Homer, Anson and Beatties
|1937||H Everard||Mr R Jessen||Mr Comber, Vic: Mr C Beattie||Messers: Toohey, Saddler, Gladman, O’Callaghan, Cleary & Ryan and (Coxswains:
R. Dodds, S. Sadler)
|1938||Cleary, Assist: H Everard||H Gladman, vice: R Merriman||Mr E. Kenny (VRA rep), Coaches: C. Dodds, Mr Dawson. Committee: H. Auty, F.
Ryan, F. Toohey, R. Jessen, W. Sadler and J. O’Malley
|1939||Fred Toohey||J O'Malley||R G Merriman, Vice: H Gladman||Auditors: F. Ryan and F. Cleary, E. Kenny (VRA rep), Committee; Cleary, Owen
|1940||H Gladman||J O'Malley||R G Merriman, Vice: Mr Jessen||Auditors: F. Ryan, E. Owen. E. Kenny (VRA). Committee: R. Scutcheon, D. Lark,
R. Merriman, F. Toohey, H. Sherrif and Les. Sheedy
|1946||G Collins||J Esam||R G Merriman, Vice: F Toohey||D. Lark, F. Sheedy, N. Gladman, J. Asbury, F. Pye, K. Mackay and F. Miller.
|1947||G Collins||F Sheedy||R G Merriman, Vice: C Dodds||K. Machay, S. Lark, R. Hortle, D. Lark, R. Thorne, J. Morgan, F. O’Malley, L.
Miller and F. Anderson. Dr Patrick was the Club’s representative on the ‘Centenary
Committee’ and was convenor of the Bonfire Committee.
|1948||G Collins, Assist: D Lark||F Sheedy||R G Merriman, Vice: P Johnson||C. Dodds & Ron Merriman (coach). Press correspondent: F. Anderson. Committee
included: G. Collins, Mr C. Jackman, F. Anderson, S. Didier, K. O’Grady and F.
|1949||L E Sheedy||S Didier||W Torrence, Vice: K O'Grady||C. Dodds & F. Toohey (coaches) Rowers/committee: I. Anderson, P. Johnson, B.
Johnson, Arthur Thompson and brother Ian Thompson, Daniel Thompson, R.
Gibbons, K. McLeod, L. Whitson, F. Anderson, S. Lark, Jim. Hocking, A. Paterson,
K. Todd, R. Kenneally, Keith. Primmer, A. Ryan, A. Trench, Don. Tinker, L.
Whitson, A. Gibbons, L. Ponting, R. Hetherington, Jack Chislett, T. Kenneally, L.
Kennaugh, J. Dart, Dr Patrick, G. Kay, G. Robinson. Ladies committee: Mrs G.
Sheedy. Regatta Committee: A. Shirrefs, H. Shirrefs, Cr. A. Struth, C. Jackman, A.
Browne, R. Merriman, D. Lark, J. Esam, D. Townsend, J.H. Lark, R. Gibbons, J.
Walters & S. Lark.
|1950||Mr L E Sheedy||Mr S Didier||W Torrence, Vice: K O'Grady||A. Johnson, R. Gibbons, R. Tucker, A. Thompson, K. McLeod, L. Whitson, F. & I.
Anderson, S. Lark, F. Kennaugh, L. Ponting, Don. Tinker, J. Thompson, J. Hocking,
D. Munday, A. Ryan, G. Robinson and Charlie Kane
|1951||Mr L E Sheedy||Mr S Didier||Mr P Johnson, Vice: Mr G Robinson||F. Anderson, F. Thompson, A. Ryan, A. Thompson, W. Torrance, Don. Tinker, L.
Whitson, S. Lark and D. Munday. Mr A. G. Barrett (of MUBC) the Warrnambool Club’s VRA rep.
|1952||Mr L E Sheedy||Mr S Didier||A. Thompson, J. Dart
|1953||Mr L E Sheedy||Mr S Didier||A. Thompson, J. Dart