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Frank R Browne

Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)

The following obituary appeared in the Mercantile Rowing Club annual report for season 1951-52.

It is with very great regret that we have to record the deaths of Mr. F. R. Browne and our sincere sympathy is extended to his relations. 

Frank Browne's association with the Club extended over a period of 45 years, and he rendered sterling service to it over that long period. He was appointed Hon. Auditor in the 1930/1 season, and ably carried out the duties of that office until the time of his death. But perhaps the most valuable work which he did was in connection with the coaching of novice oarsmen. This brought him into close association with our younger members, who greatly appreciated the practical interest which he took in their welfare. 

Mr. Browne's family has approached the Committee with a view to presenting to the Club a perpetual trophy in his memory. This will take the form of a handsome shield for competition amongst novice oarsmen because of his keen interest in them. Their generous gift is deeply appreciated, as is the sentiment which prompted it. 

We have also to thank his son, Mr. Owen Browne, for having volunteered to complete the Audit of the Club's books for this season, which was gladly accepted. 

The Perpetual Shield and the Frank R Browne Trophy have been annually awarded ever since to the most improved oarsman at Mercantile Rowing Club.


Andrew Guerin
October 2020

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