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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lt Newall and the Henley Peace Regatta

The AIF No 2 crew, 1919.  Photo:  History of Australian Rowing
Seated in the front row, second from the left, is Lieutenant Harold Robert Newall of Ascot Vale, who was selected to represent the AIF at the Henley Peace Regatta in 1919.   Newall rowed in the stroke position, as he had earlier done for the Essendon Rowing Club.     The No 2 crew were unlucky to drop out of the event early when they were drawn to row in the first heat with the stronger AIF No 1 crew, which went on to win the King's Cup.  This Cup is still competed for today at the Australian National Rowing Championships as the Inter-state Trophy.  See the History of Australian Rowing website for the full story of the Cup and the Peace Regatta.

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