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Australian Rowing Professional
Flooding Grafton
Early Shipping on the Clarence

Grafton Rowing Club History - The 1990s - The New Head of the River

Following an idea originally floated by local man Ian Telfer, the Grafton City Head of the River Committee was formed in 1997 with the aim of fostering school rowing in the area. The original All Schools’ Head of the Northern Rivers which started in the 1950s and continued through to the 1980s brought top rowing schools from both Queensland and Sydney to Grafton. Whilst this new regatta was not related to the original, the aim was the same.

The committee consisted of several businessmen, members of the Chamber of Commerce, council representatives, local school rowing co-ordinators and members of Grafton Rowing Club. Following several meetings, a plan was set to raise sponsorship funds and to then host an annual Head of the River event on the Clarence, commencing in 1998.

Whilst the 1998 regatta was a success, the City of Grafton Head of the River regatta has grown greatly over the last eight years to be a major school regatta, with regular entries from top rowing schools including Brisbane Boys College, Brisbane Grammar, Canberra Grammar, Churchie, Grafton High School, Kings, Lourdes Hill, Maclean High School, MLC Sydney, Newcastle Grammar, Newington, Nudgee College, Pymble Ladies College, PLC Sydney, Roseville College, Shore, Somerville House, South Grafton High School, St Clares College, St Kentigern (New Zealand), St Josephs Gregory Terrace and Xavier College.

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