What a great day we had on 6th July when Lyndon Lockrey, Trickett’s Great, Great Grandson was our guest speaker. His stories of Edward Trickett and the glorious days of world championship sculling on the Parramatta River kept us all enthralled.
On 30th June 1877, one year after Trickett won the world championship, he made the first defence of his title, competing against his long-time rival and friend Michael Rush.
Three weeks after the race, on the 21st of July 1877, The Illustrated Sydney News published a series of articles and illustrations celebrating the historic race, the competitors and the cheering crowds. In that issue they also inserted a fold-out ‘birds-eye view map’ of the River, showing the route of the race (familiar to generations of Sydney rowers) and an imagined aerial perspective looking West to the then township of Parramatta.
Our museum recently obtained one of these maps to add to our collection and this was unveiled at the start of Lyndon’s talk.
Between 1876 and 1907 Australia dominated international professional sculling for 23 of those 31 years and produced seven of the nine world champions.
Visit our museum any Wednesday or Saturday between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm to see our display on the history of sculling on the Parramatta River and to see our map.