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High Rowing Reunion & Golden Era Recap

Recently the annual SHS Rowers Reunion was held at the boatshed. The event was very successful with great camaraderie among all the Old High Rowers, from a number of eras including 1950 to 1989.
4 Dec 2022
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1st VIII Head Of The River Winners, 1926
1st VIII Head Of The River Winners, 1926

The best way to describe the SHS Rowers Reunion 2022 would be to say it was an outstanding success! Gathered at the Abbotsford Boatsheds were SHS rowers from a number eras including 1950 up to 1989.

The meal was suitable, the speeches were first class, & we stood for a Minute's Silence for those of our former SHS rower mates who had passed. Not to mention the lone Piper on the balcony - playing the ‘Scottish lament’ at that time.

We enjoyed an address from Binh Johnsun, President of the SHS Rowing Committee, who told us what is happening ahead in 2022 & 2023 - nearly a century later from when High rowing began - thank you Binh. We also had a “round the table history lesson” from every person present who told us their name, year they rowed, what crew & how they went in racing terms. Thanks to Ian Stewart (1959) & Richard Luxford (1978) for their video presentations of SHS rowing history - a selection of which can be found in the gallery.

All in all it was a wonderful gathering of former SHS rowers, at the exact location where they rowed, slept, rowed & lived for many months of their school years!

Sincere thanks to the SHS Rowing Committee & the School Rowing Master for allowing us to return & savour the times we spent as rowers, in our special eras at the Sydney High School Rowing Shed.

Ian D. Toll

SHS Class of 1959

1st VIII Head Of The River Winner 1959

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