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australian rowers profiles and history

David W B Wilkie

Melbourne University Boat Club (VIC)

An and prominent rower in the early days of Victorian rowing. 

In John Lang's The Victorian Oarsman, Massina & Co 1919, Thomas Colles describes David as: The bow of the Hope and Wilkie pair and bow in the University Four. A man of light build and good reach. It was a matter of surprise that he could hold and steer a strong oar like Hope, but Wilkie had a long head, and the dodges of which he was ignorant were not worth learning. He could steer a pair oar without a cox from Princes Bridge to Botanical Bridge without once looking round. The pair with Hope was dominant at that time with Colles adding that: They made a pair that was never beaten, and they rowed many first-class races.


Rowing details

1867 - Melbourne Regatta, maiden pair, bow - First

1868 - Committee member of his club

1868 - Melbourne Regatta, Challenge Pairs, bow - First

1868 - Melbourne Regatta, Grand Challenge Cup for Fours, bow - Second

1869 - Melbourne Regatta, Challenge Pairs, bow - First

1869 - Melbourne Regatta, Grand Challenge Cup for Fours, bow - First

1870 - Melbourne Regatta, Challenge Pairs, bow - First

1870 - Inaugural Australian University Men's Four Championship, stroke - First

1872 - Melbourne Regatta, Grand Challenge Cup for Fours, bow - First

1873 - Melbourne Regatta, Grand Challenge Cup for Fours, bow - First


Compiled by Andrew Guerin
June 2021

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