Thanks to the
prowess of the New South Wales scullers, the Parramatta River course is
celebrated all over the world; and is
justly entitled to be called the champion course from the number of races not
only for the championship of the colony, but of the world, which have been
contested over this run of water. The
Parramatta is not as much a river as an arm of Sydney Harbour; and it is justly celebrated for the charming
views afforded by its bays and reaches.
The course is from Charity Point, on the left bank of the river, past
Ryde and Gladesville on that side, and the municipalities of Concord, Ashfield
and Five Dock on the right side, to the Brothers, a point jutting out into the
river just below Hunter’s Hill . . .
. . . The first great race recorded over this course was
between Richard A.W. Green and T. McGrath, for £200 and the championship of New
South Wales, which was won in 1859 by the first named in 26.5 minutes . . .
. . . Edward
Trickett, who, after beating all comers on the Parramatta River course, went to
England and in 1875 beat J.H. Sadler over the championship course from Putney
to Mortlake, on the Thames River, and for the first time brought back the
championship of the world.
time the Parramatta River has been brought more prominently before the world as
a championship course than ever the Thames.
In 1885 a regular carnival was held on the river, when the ex-champion
of the world, William Beach, met and conquered the Canadian champion, the
redoubtable Edward Hanlan, for the first time.
Since then the championship of the world has not gone from
Australia; and, although an attempt has
been made to change the champion course from the Parramatta to the Nepean
River, it does not appear to have been very successful, notwithstanding that
there is a sufficient length of straight river admirably adapted for the
purpose on the Nepean.
has proved his superiority as a sculler over the Canadian on both courses and
today (Saturday) a struggle takes place between Kemp (the Australian
representative) and Hanlan (the Canadian) for the championship of the world
over the old course of the Parramatta River, which is becoming historical.
Excerpt from a Sydney Morning Herald article dated 5 May 1888 (Trove).
(Note: Between 1876 and 1907 Australia dominated professional sculling for 22 of those 31 years and produced seven of the nine world champions.)
Our current display on Edward Trickett and the Parramatta River will be on display until mid-December.
THE Sydney Sun reports . . . . . . that the city council has placed a bubbling water fountain outside the main entrance to a large local brewery. Whether this is a hint on the part of the city council for the brewery employees to get on the ‘water- wagon’ is not known, but…
Memorial gates erected by parishioners and friends commemorate philanthropist Dame Eadith Walker. Dame Eadith Campbell Walker (1861-1937), philanthropist, was born on 18 September 1861 at The Rocks, Sydney, only child of Scottish parents Thomas Walker, merchant, and his wife Jane. After inheriting her father’s estate, she was to perpetuate her father’s philanthropies and generously supported…
In the wake of the devastating Lismore floods earlier this year, the members of Canada Bay Heritage Society decided to support an initiative to collect new and pre-read books in very good condition, to replace those damaged or destroyed by the rising waters. An appeal was made to the Canada Bay community and the response…
Jean’s story continues about her experiences as a Voluntary Aide at the Walker Hospital in 1919 Brother dear, your expression has several times saved my life already. When the milk boiled all over the clean floor and I was fit to weep about it, I merely stood still and said, #^&%*@#. No, I won’t write…
Edward Smith Hall was of those early pioneers whose great work in winning for us the freedom of the Australian Press has been obscured by the more widely known achievements of Wentworth. Bom in London in 1786, Hall came to Australia in 1812 armed with letters of introduction to Governor Macquarie. Failing to gain Macquarie’s favour, he joined Simeon Lord in forming…
When the guns on the Western Front fell silent at 11am on 11th November 1918, it marked an end to four years of continuous fighting between the Imperial German Army and the combined forces of the British and French Empires. The Armistice was a suspension of these hostilities, rather than an endpoint to the war,…