1919-20 Rowing Victoria State Championships
Quite apart from these Championships being the first for five years, it was the beginning a a period of great success for the Richmond Rowing
Club. Whilst their best years were still many years away, their first Championship win this year started the process of success.
Index to Results:
Champion Men's Scull
(2 1/2 miles)
Margins: 4 lengths between 1st and 2nd, 3 lengths between 2nd and 3rd
1st James Barton, Richmond
2nd C Collyer, Corio Bay
3rd A William B Fawcett, Footscray City
4th W C Harvey, Mercantile
5th A Smith, Yarra Yarra
6th E T J Kerby, Civil Service
Lower Yarra, 13th March, 1920. For this event – the first since 20th March, 1915 – an entry of seven scullers was received, six of whom started. The race was won by James Barton, of Richmond. This was both the first win for Mr. Barton and also for the Richmond Club on achieving its first championship honours.
L S Davis from Albert Park was entered but did not start and Kirby from Civil Service did not finish the race.
The troubles with competing on the Lower Yarra were again evident this year with the S S Monaro decided to clear port about half a mile from the finish line interfering with several scullers.
Officials for the Championship were: Umpire - Lieut-Col G I Stevenson CMG DSO, Starter - G Green, Judge - J Twaits, Timekeeper - E T Bradshaw.
Champion Men's Pair
Margins: 1 1/4 length between 1st and 2nd, 3 lengths between 2nd and 3rd
1st Nagambie – Bow: V M Sullivan, Str: J S Vickers, Cox: W C Sullivan, jun.
2nd Footscray City - Bow: J Arthur Jonsson, Str: William Fawcett, Cox: J Manning
3rd Hawthorn - Bow: D W Barrie, Str: C S Boxall, Cox: F Mann
4th Civil Service - Bow: T S Flint, Str: E Burne, Cox: J Hunter
5th South Melbourne - T Barrell, Str: W McCabe, Cox: F McDonough
6th Mercantile - Bow: H W Lloyd, Str: Jud Harding, Cox: E Counihan
7th Richmond - Bow: J Johnston, Str: R Jenkin, Cox: C Harris.
Lower Yarra, 17th January, 1920. The previous contest for the Pair-oared Championship was held pre-WWI on the 14th November, 1914. The entry of seven crews for the 1919-20 race was satisfactory, and an interesting contest resulted in a win for Nagambie. This is also Nagambie’s second win in this event.
There was a strong cross wind from the south for this event making the start difficult. The start was delayed due to an accident to a seat in the Civil Service boat which was repaired. Despite the conditions, starter James Donald got them away well. Hawthorn got away very quickly followed by Footscray and Nagambie. Nagambie with a clean sharp stroke rowed through Hawthorn and Footscray to take the lead which they never lost. Richmond was rowing mid field but suffered a couple of crabs and eventually withdrew with a stretcher problem.The race was followed by an official launch containing the President Giles Turner, Vice-President Cr Stephen Morell, Vice-President of Footscray John Donald, A N Hopkins President of Nagambie, the State selectors and other dignatories.
Officials for the Championship were, Umpire - James M MacFarlane, Starter - James Donald, Judge: Lieut-Col J M Semmens VD and Timekeeper -
E T Bradshaw.
Champion Men's Four
(Distance - 2 1/2 miles)
Margin: 4 lengths between 1st and 2nd and 2 lengths between 2nd and 3rd
1st Nagambie – Bow: V M Sullivan, 2: G Richards, 3: W C Sullivan, Str: J S Vickers, 12st., Cox: W C Sullivan, jun.
2nd Banks - Bow: T Keogh, 2: G Tully, 3: C J McCarthy, Str: E J Stanton, Cox: L Kenny
3rd Richmond - Bow: S Turnbull, 2: A Girling, 3: James Barton, Str: R Jenkin, Cox: J Croft
4th Footscray City - Bow: T Gipton, 2: H Hommersham, 3: Arthur Jonsson, Str: William Fawcett, Cox:
5th Hawthorn - Bow: D W Barrie, 2: W Day, 3: C Boxall, Str: H B Kirsch, Cox: R Brierley
6th Albert Park - Bow: R T Leslie, 2: E W Tulloch, 3: E Walsh, Str: D Laird, Cox: J McGregor
The 28th annual Four Oared Championship was conducted on the Lower Yarra on 15th November, 1919. This was the first Four-oared Championship since 12th December, 1914, and the satisfactory entry of six crews was received. Nagambie won comfortably and it was their second win in this event. Their winning crew had one change from the entered crew with W C Sullivan replacing the entered T Vickers.
The conditions were good for the race. The tide had just commenced to flow in and the water was calm.
Officials for the Championship were, Umpire - James M MacFarlane, Starter - James Donald, Judge: Lieut-Col J M Semmens VD and Timekeeper - E T Bradshaw.
Champion Men's Eight
(Distance - 2 1/2 miles)
Margins: 1/2 length
1st Civil Service – Bow: C Edwards, 2: H Schlichting, 3: T S Flint, 4: E W Burne, 5: E C Sievwright, 6: A V McLaughlan, 7: R M Erck, Str: J C D’Arcy, Cox: J Hunter
2nd Nagambie - Bow: C J Welch, 2: J S Vickers, 3: V M Sullivan, 4: W C Sullivan, 5: G Richards, 6: E T Vickers, 7: F Catlin, Str: W Heath, Cox: W C Sullivan
3rd Corio Bay - Bow: L Coulson, 2: F Lauder, 3: F R Pilley, 4: C Palmer, 5: W Kilmartin, 6: O Bews, 7: H Martin, Str: W Emmerson, Cox: W Brownbill
4th Mercantile - Bow: W B Davy, 2: Jack L Mounsey, 3: G M Dallimore, 4: Jud Harding, 5: R V Gregg, 6: James M Buchanan, 7: H B Cole, Str: Cecil N McKay, Cox: J H Counihan
5th Banks - Bow: M J Maher, 2: E Loft, 3: T Keogh, 4: D O'Callaghan, 5: W Pincott, 6: G M Tully, 7: C J M McCarthy, Str: E J Stanton, Cox: E Young
DNF Footscray City - Bow: J O'Donoghue, 2: T Gipton, 3: R Swartz, 4: A Campbell, 5: E Christie, 6: R Simmons, 7: H Homersham, Str: W Southerwood, Cox: H Davis
Lower Yarra, 13th March, 1920. For this event the record entry of seven crews was received, this being the first race for the title since 20th March, 1915. All entrants faced the started, Civil Service winning a splendid race from Nagambie by half a length, with Corio Bay third. The Civil Service Club is congratulated on its first win in this important event. Footscray City did not finish the course stopping half way.
The conditions were calm with a light northerly breeze with the tide flowing in.
The course was from a point 13 chains below the 2 1/2 mile mark (Coode's Canal) to the 13 chain mark at the big crane (south side).
Officials for the Championship were: Umpire - Lieut-Col G I Stevenson CMG DSO, Starters and judges - G Green and J Twaits, Timekeeper - E T Bradshaw.
Champion Women's Four
(Distance - Not recorded)
Time: Not known
1st Albert Park Ladies – Bow: F Brooks, 2: J Partington, 3: R Sullivan, Str: F Brooks
2nd Bendigo - Bow: Brownlee, 2: Oldfield, 3: Oldfield, Str: Elder
Whilst the Victorian Ladies' Rowing Association was not formed until May 1924, 'unofficial' women's four championships had commenced. This is not unsurprising given that the first women's club was formed in 1907 - Albert Park. Other women's Clubs were formed from 1912 onwards.
At the Henley on Maribyrnong Regatta, this unofficial Championship began with an event known as the Ladies' Champion Fours on 14th February 1920. Albert Park (Misses F Brooks, J Partington, R Sullivan and F Brooks (str) defeated Bendigo (Misses Brownlee, Oldfield, Oldfield and Elder (str) by a canvas. Given the number of clubs who competed at this event over the first few years, it may well be worthy of the title Championship.
Victorian Rowing Association, Reports 1903 - 1944 - Andrew Guerin collection.
Victorian Rowing Association Committee minutes 1919-20 - MCC Museum.
Mercantile Rowing Club Annual Report 1919-20 - Andrew Guerin collection.
The Age Monday 16th February 1920 page 9 sourced from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202983090
The Age 19th January 1920
Regatta scene photo from the Andrew Guerin collection