1937 QLD GPS Head of the River
The 16th Head of the River was conducted on Saturday 1st May 1937 on the Milton Reach of the Brisbane River.
According to the Telegraph, "The weather conditions were ideal. The races were rowed over a course of three-quarters of a mile, starting at Davies Park and finishing at the Knoll opposite Morrows'. River road was lined with motor cars, while thousands of spectators lined the river banks at various vantage points, an especially large crowd gathering at the finish." (Page 7, The Telegraph, Saturday 1st May 1937)
The five crews would line up in the following order from the North Bank:
First Crews (2.30PM): No. 1 Brisbane Grammar School, No. 2 The Southport School, No. 3 Brisbane Boys’ College, No. 4 Church of England Grammar School, No.5 Brisbane State High School.
Second Crews (2PM): No. 1 Brisbane Grammar School, No. 2 Church of England Grammar School, No. 3 Brisbane State High School, No. 4 The Southport School, No. 5 Brisbane State High School
Church of England Grammar and Brisbane Grammar School were both considered by the tabloids as experienced, powerful and proficient crews that would be there at the finish. However it would be the lighter crew, Brisbane Boys' College, who would secure the double for the second year in a row, prompting this note in the College's 1937 School newsletter:
“We had done it! Wild was our jubilation and resonant our war-cry! The College had made rowing history, being the first metropolitan school to win a “double-double”.”
The 1938 head of the River was conducted by the Queensland Great Public Schools Association
Stater: Mr. G. Smoothey
All Schools Championship Four
The O'Connor Cup
Distance: 0.75 Mile
Winning Time: 4:17.00
1.5 Lengths (1-2)
1 Length (2-3)
1 Length (3-4)
0.5 Length (4-5)
1st Brisbane Boys’ College - Bow: R. T. Wright 9st 9lbs, 2: B. M. H. Palmer 10st 2lbs, 3: B. H. Taylor 10st 8lbs, Str: J. C. Fraser 10st 2lbs, Cox: J. W. D. Cramb 6st 12lbs
2nd Church of England Grammar School - Bow: E. M. Faine 11st, 2: C. M. Hornibrook 11st 3lbs, 3: G. H. Eastman 13st, Str: P. D. V. Moni 11st 7lbs, Cox: H. R. McGregor 7st 2lbs, Coach: Mr. J. Cumming
3rd Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: J. W. Stacey 11st, 2: W. T. Rountree 12st 13lbs, 3: A. N. Thompson 12st 1lb, Str: J. I. McFarlane 11st, Cox: R. W. Clarke 7st 5lbs
4th The Southport School - Bow: E. G. Broad 11st, 2: M. Dowling 10st 7lbs, 3: T. M. Knox 11st 9lbs, Str: A. H. Smith 10st 8lbs, Cox: K. W. Stevenson
5th Brisbane State High School - Bow: J. King 9st 3lbs, 2: R. Young 9st 8lbs, 3: J. Axon 10st 4lbs, Str: D. Metcalfe 9st 4lbs, Cox: R. Belskie.
1937 Church of England Grammar School First IV
In 1937, Church of England Grammar School named a new foar-oared racer in honour of Sir John Monash. General Sir John Monash was Australia’s greatest soldiers and he commanded one of Australia’s most magnificent feats of arms - the break though the Hindernverg Line, which lead more than anything else to the German Surrender in 1918. With nearly 200 000 men under his command he formed the spearhead of the Allied 100 day offensive that broke the German will to fight. Four days later he received a distinction not accorded a British Soldier in 200 years - he was knighted on the field of battle by King George V. John Monash was a great soldier, a master mind in engineering, a scholar of the widest scope. Yet he was an easy man to work with, open to suggestions, grateful for assistance, king and encouraging to subordinates, friendly to all who had relations with him.
The Race Described
“Church of England and Brisbane Grammars dashed off at high ratings, with the latter if anything, slightly in the lead in the first 100 yards. Boys’ College started slower, but more steadily, while Southport rowed very short, and High had not enough weight to jump off with the others. At the end of a minute, Church of England and Brisbane Grammars were level, a few feet ahead of Boys’ College, who were gradually creeping up at a lower rating.
At the Milton ferry, Boys’ College were level with Church of England, Grammars having dropped back half a length. Church of England were apparently feeling the effects of the high rating at the start and their work shortened.
Boys’ College went on rowing in perfect unison and went away a few inches on every stroke. Grammars again came up on Church of England Grammar, and those crews fought desperately for second position, but the sting had gone out of their rowing.
Southport and High were battling along level a length and a half further back. Continuing their steadiness and fine length, Boys’ College went on to win comfortably by a length and a half from Church of England, Southport and High were a couple of lengths astern.”Page 7, The Telegraph, Saturday 1st May 1937 Edition
All Schools' Second Four
Distance: 0.75 Mile
Winning Time: 5:01.00
0.5 length (1-2)
Dead heat for second
0.75 Length (2-4)0.75 Length (4-5)
1st Brisbane Boys’ College - Bow: K. Dawson 9st 5lbs, 2: N.C. Foulkes 10st 7lbs, 3: N. T. Chenoweth 14st 2lbs, Str: R. S. Chandler 10st, Cox: J. J. Wilson
2nd Brisbane Grammar School & Church of England Grammar School
B.G.S. - Bow: E. F. Riek 8st 13lbs, 2: T. F. Dimnisch 10st 2lbs, 3: H. Gehrman 11st 3lbs, Str: V. C. de Gipps 9st 7lbs, Cox: J. V. Gillies 7st
C.E.G.S. - Bow: W. B. Hall 10st 7lbs, 2: C. J. Geddes 10st 11lbs, 3: J. E. Dods 11st, Str: T. J. T. Meldrum 11st 2lbs, Cox: P. E. Pechey 7st 1lb, Coach: Mr. J. Cumming
4th The Southport School - Bow: J. G. McLaughlin 10st 9lbs, 2: K. H. Butler 10st 6lbs, 3: T. J. Briggs 11st 3lbs, Str: R. Newton 11st 11lbs, Cox: K. W. Stevenson
5th Brisbane State High School - Bow: A. Lee 9st 3lbs, 2: K. Salisbury 9st 7lbs, 3: N. Bradbury 9st 5lbs, Str: E. Tinnerman 9st 1lb, Cox: A. Gynther.
Winning Crew: Brisbane Boys' Second IV
The Race Described
“The water was slack when Mr Smoothey sent the crews off to a perfect start. Boys’ College got their boat moving quickly and in half a dozen strokes showed a few feet in front. Church of England were next to them when the first burst died down, with Grammars close up. Southport were slow getting away, as also was State High.
At the end of half a minute’s rowing Boys College were a quarter of a length in front of Grammars, with Southport and State High Level, half a length back. Boys’ College were rowing with great freedom and increased the lead on every stroke, and at half way were two and a half lengths to the good. Grammars and Church of England were now level.
Boys’ College appeared to have the race well in hand when a crab stopped their boat almost dead, and by the time they got going again the three crews were about level. Spurting desperately, Boys’ College quickly picked up half a lengths lead. The three crews fought hard to the finish. Boys’ College crossing the line half a length to the good, with Church of England and Grammars finishing level. Southport were three-quarters of a length away and Highs a similar distance further astern.”Page 7, The Telegraph, Saturday 1st May 1937 Edition
Page 11, The Courier-Mail, Friday 30th April 1937 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/36892037?searchTerm=School%20rowing
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