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History of the Queensland GPS Head of the River rowing regatta

Queensland schoolboy rowing before the GPS

There was much schoolboy rowing in Queensland before the advent of the GPS Head of the River which commenced in 1918. The following information provides some of the history.

1889

On 7th September 1889 at an aquatic demonstration was conducted by Commercial Rowing Club for Grammar School Boys. Ipswich Grammar School and Brisbane Grammar School competed with the winners listed as:

1st T H Bell, E Scott, C V Sullivan, J Darvall
2nd W Segor, J McSeain, J Bond, V Noble

The winning school was not listed but Jack Pritchard in his Queensland rowing history presumed that the winning crew was Brisbane Grammar given the presence of TH Bell.

1890

6 September at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 1 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Ipswich Grammar School - Bow: C. Hill, 2: A.G. Butler, 3: H.B. Rowlands, Str: A.P. Cameron, Cox: I. Hill

2nd:    Brisbane Grammar School


1891

26 September 1891 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 1 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: R. McCowan, 2: J.L. Wassell 3: I. Gore-Jones, Str: E.R. Row, Cox: A. Wassell 

2nd:    Ipswich Grammar School


1892: n/a

1893: n/a

1894: n/a

1895: n/a

1896: n/a

1897: n/a

1898: n/a


1899

6 December 1899 at Maryborough

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: A.T. Dennis, 2: R.C. Roe 3: V. McDowall, Str: M.M. Callan, Cox: L.M. Laurie 

2nd:    Maryborough Grammar School


1900: n/a

1901: n/a


1902

5 December 1902 at Brisbane 

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Maryborough Grammar School - Bow: H.L. Baynes, 2: E. Hanley 3: G.W. Watson, Str: I. Hunter, Cox: H.L. Harvey 

2nd:    Brisbane Grammar School


1903

9 December 1903 at Maryborough 

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: W.S. MacTaggart, 2: C.E. Parkinson, 3: A.S. Roe, Str: K.Smith,  Cox: E.G. Spence

2nd:    Maryborough Grammar School 


1904

6 December 1904 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: F.A.J.W. Taylor, 2: A.G. Corrie, 3: N.R. Murray, Str: C.E. Parkinson, Cox: C. Clark

2nd:    Maryborough Grammar School 


1905

6 December 1905 at Maryborough 

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Maryborough Grammar School - Bow: R. Baynes, 2: N. Mellor, 3: N. Gibson, Str: R. Hughes, Cox: B. Pryce

2nd:    Brisbane Grammar School


1906

17 December 1906 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: J.M. Brown, 2: W.E. Kiernan, 3: L.G. Brown, Str: H.K. Denham, Cox: F.C. Skinner

2nd:    Maryborough Grammar School 


1907

10th December at Maryborough 

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: C.M. Lilley, 2: G.S. Wilson, 3: L.G. Brown, Str: H.K. Denham, Cox: G.E. Riechelmann

2nd:    Maryborough Grammar School 


1908

10 December 1908 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    The Southport School - Bow: L. Skinner, 2: H.M. Palmer, 3: M.J.W. Hamilton, Str: N.R. Dowling, Cox: J.H.S. Jackson 

2nd:    Brisbane Grammar School 

3rd:    Maryborough Grammar School 


1909

4 December 1909 at Brisbane 

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    The Southport School - Bow: J.W. Dowling, 2: G.E Lascelles, 3: R.S. Billington, Str: D.R. Dowling, Cox: L.B. Chapman 

2nd:    Brisbane Grammar School 


1910

26 November 1910 at Brisbane 

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: C.L. Cran, 2: C.E. Scott, 3: R.B. Taylor, Str: J.P. Kennedy, Cox: G. Lane 

2nd:    The Southport School  


1911

4 November 1911 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    The Southport School - Bow: H.C. Anderson, 2: J.W.B. Gribble, 3: A.F. North, Str: R.H. Nimmo, Cox: L.B. Chapman 

2nd:    Brisbane Grammar School 


1912

7 December 1912 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    The Southport School - Bow: D.S.L. McLean, 2: A.R. Sexton, 3: J.W.B. Gribble, Str: H.C. Anderson, Cox: A. Linton 

2nd:    Brisbane Grammar School


1913

6 December 1913 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    The Southport School - Bow: S.R. Dowling, 2: I.D. Lawless, 3: C.M.C. Bere, Str: T. Collins, Cox: E.I. MacMillan 

2nd:    Brisbane Grammar School

3rd:    Rockhampton Grammar School


1914

20 June 1914 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    The Southport School - Bow: T.F. Collins, 2: I.D. Lawless, 3: C.M.C. Bere, Str: S.R. Dowling, Cox: E.I. MacMillan 

2nd:    Brisbane Grammar School


1915

20 June 1915 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Central Technical College - Bow: C. Lamb, 2: R.Fraser, 3: R. Board, Str: J. Dowrie, Cox: W. Bumett, Coach: W.Kelly

2nd:    The Southport School

3rd:    Brisbane Grammar School


1916

3 June 1916 at Brisbane

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Central Technical College - Bow: I. Bale, 2: K. Baird, 3: C. Lamb, Str: J. Dowrie, Cox: W. Bumett, Coach: H.F. Kipping

2nd:    The Southport School

3rd:    Brisbane Grammar School


1917

2 June 1917 at Brisbane 

Men's Grammar Schools' Four

Distance: 0.75 Mile

Times: n/a

1st:    Brisbane Grammar School - Bow: C.R. Boyce, 2: T. Lawton, 3: A.A. Baynes, Str: A.K. Stewart, Cox: J.G. Hoare 

2nd:    The Southport School 

3rd:    Clayfield College 


From 1918 onwards, the races for Grammar Schools came under the auspices of the Queensland Great Public Schools' Association




Sources

Rowing in Queensland 1880-1995 by Jack Pritchard, published by Rowing Queensland

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