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History of the Queensland GPS Head of the River rowing regatta

1941 QLD GPS Head of the River


The 19th Head of the River was conducted on Saturday 3rd May 1941 on the Milton Reach of the Brisbane River. The race was over a three-quarter mile course starting at Davies Park and finishing at the Knoll. 

All five schools put forward strong and heavy fours to the contest. Brisbane Boys' College had D. M. Newman and T. C. Patrick of the 1940 crew as well as the heaviest man in the race in their three seat, H. A. Dunn (13st 5lbs).

Church of England Grammar School had an entirely new crew but G. D. Fowles rowed in the l940 Second Crew and the Brisbane newspapers considered B.B.C. and Churchie as the favourites. 

For the third year in succession, Churchie won the Head of the River and they were the first school to win three in a row. 


Because of World War II, the Queensland Great Public Schools Association suspended the Head of the River from 1942-1945, resuming in 1946. 

 

Organising Committee:

Queensland Great Public Schools' Association 


All Schools' Championship Four

The O'Connor Cup

Winning Time: 4:10.00

Margins:

3 Feet (1-2)

3 Feet (2-3)

1.5 Lengths (3-4)

2 Lengths (4-5)

1st Church of England Grammar School - Bow: S. C. Falconer 10st 5lbs, 2: J. S. Robertson 12st 6lbs, 3: G. D. Forbes 12st 13lbs, Str: B. L. Greenland 11st 6lbs, Cox: W. E. Gillies 7st

2nd Brisbane State High School - Bow: R. Love 11st 8lbs, 2: J. Gray 11st, 3: G. Hested 12st, Str: K. Brown 12st 2lbs, Cox: W. Roven 7st 1lb

3rd Brisbane Boys’ College - Bow: T. C. Patrick 10st 8lbs, 2: D. M. Newman 11st 8lbs, 3: H. A. Dunn 11st 5lbs, Str: I R. Hinwood 11st 8lbs

4th Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: R. D. Belson 11st 3lbs, 2: P. F. Sinclair 11st 12lbs, 3: R. B. Henderson 11st 10lbs, Str: K. N. Stevens 11st 5lbs, Cox: G. B. Fox 8st 4lbs 

5th The Southport School - Bow: C. E. Cox 11st 4lbs, 2: G. A. P. Ricketts 9st 11lbs, 3: T. G. Whalley 10st 10lbs, Str: G. Mitchell 12st 5lbs, Cox: R. A. Williams 7st

   



The Race Described

“State High rowed a plucky and most astonishing race., for it was thought they would not last the distance at the remarkably high rating of 38 over the full course, their stamina was remarkable.

From a perfect start, State High jumped off at such a high rating they appeared to overrun themselves. Church of England Grammars started solidly, and Boys’ College were the essence of neatness but did not quite pace it with the others for the first 100 yards.

It did not seem possible that High could maintain the high rating but at the Milton ferry they were half a length ahead of “Churchies” who were rowing a lengthy stroke and appeared to have State High’s measure. Boy’s college then came into the picture and at the half distance High were only three feet ahead of Churchies with Boys’ College a similar distance away.

Entering on the last quarter mile the three boats were almost abreast with State High holding to their high rating in a most dogged manner but were showing traces of the gruelling row. Fifty yard from home they were leading by a few feet and in a do-or-die effort in which they literally hurried themselves at the line Churchies covered themselves with glory by winning by three feet from State High."

Page 14, The Telegraph, 3 May 1941 Edition 


All Schools' Second Four

Distance: 0.75 Miles

Winning Time: 4:10.00

Margins:

2.5 Lengths (1-2)

1.5 Lengths (2-3)

2 lengths (3-4)

2 Lengths (4-5)

1st Brisbane Boys’ College - Bow: R. G. Newell 9st 10lbs, 2: A. A. Stafford 10st 3lbs, 3: M. J. Richards 11st 4lbs, Str: C. D. Erickson 11st 1lb, Cox: D. J. Bell 7st

2nd Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: G. H. Flint 8st 9lbs, 2: R. F. Jones 11st 2lbs, 3: J. D. Herbert 12st 8lbs, Str: G. R. Ralph 9st 4lbs, Cox: L. Hamilton 7st 4lbs

3rd The Southport School - Bow: N. M. Kerr 10st 2lbs, 2: G. R. H. Gill 11st 2lbs, 3: N. S. Glover 11st 1lbs, Str: L. G. McClymont 10st 4lbs, Cox: H. J. Walkly 7st

4th Brisbane State High School - Bow: G. Huxham 9st 5lbs, 2: P. Fenieman 9st, 3: S. Dragona 10st 1lbs, Str: N. Allman 10st 7lbs, Cox: W. Callmon 7st

5th Church of England Grammar School - Bow: J. G. Atherton 10st 6lbs , 2: P. M. Taggart 11st 2lbs, 3: W. W. Wate 12st, Str: S. W. Page 10st 7lbs, Cox:  H. W. Lee 7st 5lbs

Brisbane Boys' College Second and Third Crews 


The Race Described

"In the race for second crews, B.B.C. jumped into the lead right from the gun. They were followed closely by B.G.S. who, to maintain their position for about half the distance, had rated much higher. At this stage, B.B.C. began to pull away steadily, and from then on the result was never in doubt.

Rowing perfectly together and with almost faultless style, B.B.C. went on to win comfortably by two and a half lengths from B.G.S., who were well ahead of Southport, followed by B.S.H.S. with C.E.G.S. bringing up the rear."

Page 74, The Portal, December 1941 Edition via Trove


All Schools Third Four

0.75 Mile

Winning Time: 4:16.00

Margins:

4 Lengths (1-2)

3 Lengths (2-3)

1st Brisbane Boys’ College - Bow: W. W. Wilson, 2: H. N. Flaskas, 3: D. N. Griffiths, Str: R. H. Slade, Cox: B. Owen

2nd Church of England Grammar School - Bow: Borne, 2: Page, 3: Roberts, Str: Greenland, Cox: woods

3rd Church of England Grammar - Bow: Farquhar, 2: Osborn, 3: Bowly, Str: Wilson, Cox: Lee

4th Brisbane Boys’ College (Bow: D. Aberdeen, 2: J. Lawless-Pyne, 3: P. I. P. Hamilton, Str: T. A. R. Wilkinson) & Brisbane Grammar School 

"In this race B.B.C. and C.E.G.S. took the lead right from the start. After a short tussle B.B.C. went to the fore and continued to forge ahead for the rest of the distance. At no stage were they really pressed and they won by three and a half lengths from C.E.G.S. thirds. C.E.G.S. fourths were well back in third place and were closely pressed by B.G.S. thirds and B.B.C. fourths who dead heated."

Page 76, The Portal, December 1941 Edition via Trove


Sources

Page 8, Queensland Times, 6 May 1941 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/114545275?searchTerm=Head%20of%20River

Page 8, Truth, 4 May 1941 Edition via Trovehttps://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/203203806?searchTerm=Head%20of%20River

Page 11, The Courier-Mail, 1 May 1941 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/41938806?searchTerm=Head%20of%20River

Page 14, The Telegraph, 3 May 1941 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/186645933

Page 2, The Telegraph, 3 May 1941 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/186645619

Page 8, The Courier-Mail, 3 May 1941 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/2000453

Page 7, The Courier-Mail, 5 May 1941 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/2000468

Page 1, The Telegraph, 3 May 1941 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/19742446

Page 14, The Telegraph, 3 May 1941 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/186645933

Page 14, Sunday Mail, 4 May 1941 Edition via Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/203203806?searchTerm=Head%20of%20River

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