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Robert Mitchell

Richmond Rowing Club (VIC)

1863 – Melbourne Regatta Junior Gig for youths, three – First

1863 – Melbourne Regatta Junior Gig for youths, three – First

1863 – Melbourne Regatta Maiden Gig stroke – First

1864 – Melbourne Regatta Senior Gigs for the Gardiner Cup, two - First

1869 – Melbourne Regatta Senior Gigs for the Gardiner Cup, two – First

1870 – Melbourne Regatta Senior Gigs for the Gardiner Cup, two – First

1870 – Melbourne Regatta Grand Challenge Cup, three – First

1871 – Melbourne Regatta Grand Challenge Cup, thee – 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

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