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1921 Australian University Championships
Brisbane River Brisbane QLD

The race was conducted on 31st May 1921 on the Brisbane River for the first time. It was a three mile race. The University of Queensland had made their first appearance at this regatta in the previous year.

The University of Queensland were in front until 200 yards to go but could not withstand the sprint from Melbourne who went on to win by a length.

1921 Program Cover


Men's Eight

Time: 17:25
1/2 length
10 lengths
4 lengths

1st Melbourne University - Bow: Carlyle James Vernon McKeown, 2: Russell H Keon-Cohen, 3: Robin J Holyman, 4: D A White, 5: L F Edmonds, 6: Joseph I Lanfranchi, 7: Charles George Bright Parker, Str: James M Buchanan, Cox: T A B Harris, Cchs: Dr H Clive Disher in Brisbane and Charles Donald in Melbourne
2nd University of Queensland - Bow: John Armstrong Lewis, 2: Victor Edgar Greet, 3: Eric B Freeman, 4: W C Brown, 5: William Graydon Illingworth, 6: James Wilson Dowrie, 7: Eric Maxwell Fisher, Str: Edward Boyd Cullen, Cox: Frederick George Holdaway, Cch: Arthur A Watson
3rd Adelaide University
- Bow: Wilfred John Ferguson, 2: Leonard Percy Johncock, 3: W E Northey, 4: Frederick Lewis Thyer, 5: E R Smythe, 6: F J Morphett, 7: James S Lord, Str: Rupert Leslie Naylor, Cox: K L Potter
4th Sydney University
- Bow: Norman C Vogan, 2: Joseph Cunninghan, 3: Lorimer Fenton Dods, 4: Hunter Kerwin Macpherson, 5: Hugh Carlyle Taylor, 6: H F Wilson, 7: Thomas McKay Barnett, Str: A C Wallace, Cox: J F Mant
(The Australian Dictionary of Biography notes that Lorimer Dods was appointed MVO in 1947 and he was knighted in 1962. He received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Sydney in 1974 and was further honoured when the title of Lorimer Dods Professor was conferred on the director of the Children’s Medical Research Foundation. At university he had been a rowing Blue and had excelled at skiing. In 1968 he listed his interests as gardening, surfing and antiques. Well read, he enjoyed making literary allusions in his medical writings. He was a warm and charming man whose wisdom and knowledge continued to pervade paediatrics through the many who were influenced by his teaching and his example.)

1921 MUBC

Melbourne University

Inset: Dr H C Disher

University of Queensland

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