Rowing Into History


Rowing into history

When keen rower Grace Blake saw the World War I honour board in the clubrooms, she started a quest to find out more about her former club rowers who had fought in the Great War.

The result of Grace’s curiosity and detective work over many years is a free exhibition, Accounts from the Front, 1917, which is displayed at the Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club.  On show are wartime letters and memoirs including excerpts from the diary of Harry Duncan, father and coach of 1956 Olympic rower and former club president Bob Duncan.

Grace is sure there are many more stories to be uncovered, so she’s hoping to make contact with the descendants of more club members who enlisted.

Share your family stories

Saturday 29 April, 9am-1pm

Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club

Plant Williamson Rowing Pavilion

Aughtie Drive, Albert Park Lake

Cost:  Free



This article appears in the City of Port Phillip’s Divercity, issue 87 March/April 2017.  To view the full digital version, please click here.

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