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L H McBrien

Albert Park Rowing Club (VIC)

L H McBrien was a successful pre-WWI rower, compiling some wins before becoming another volunteer for the Great War.

1913 - Melbourne Regatta, Maiden Eight, four seat - First (winners of the second Buchan Cup)

1914 - Upper Yarra Regatta, Maiden four, two seat - First

1914 - Geelong and Barwon Regatta, Junior four, two seat - First

1914 - Ballarat Regatta, Junior four, two seat - First 

1914-15 - Victorian Championships, Men's eight, four seat - First

Committee man of Albert Park Rowing Club

In a book written by his son Bruce on Melbourne, he commented that his father's 1913 win at the Melbourne Regatta in December 1913 was won by only one foot from Hawthorn and regarded as one of the finest rowing races ever witnesses over the Henley course (on the Yarra). He also added that his father was a staunch committee member of Albert Park Rowing Club and also a hockey player.

Andrew Guerin and Philippe Batters
April 2021

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