Richmond Rowing Club (VIC)
1863 – Melbourne Regatta Junior Gig for youths, two – First
1868 – Melbourne Regatta Junior Sculls - First
1869 – Melbourne Regatta Senior Gigs for the Gardiner Cup, bow – First
1870 – Melbourne Regatta Senior Gigs for the Gardiner Cup, bow – First
1870 – Melbourne Regatta Grand Challenge Cup, two – First
1871 – Melbourne Regatta Grand Challenge Cup, two – First
1870 & 1871 Grand Challenge Cup Crew
Left to right: James Mitchell, Robert Mitchell, R Whitehead (cox), Henry Mitchell, Joseph Hood
By 1870, the competition for the Grand Challenge Cup at the Melbourne Regatta was fierce and three brothers from the Richmond Rowing Club made their mark in their club’s Grand Challenge Cup crews of 1870 and 1871. They were superb competitors and winners of many of the few races on offer.
Initially four brothers raced in the 1860s but one (John) dropped out. We recognise three of the Mitchell brothers as superb oarsmen of their day.
Andrew Guerin 2015