The members of Ballarat City Rowing Club circa 1911

The club continued its successful resurgence starting in 1911 and continuing into 1912. During 1911-12 season the club competed in more regattas than ever before and subsequently placed second on the Victorian Premiership of 1912. The very strong Melbourne Rowing Club were premiers. Much of the club’s success was due to Robert Commons who featured in winning crews the previous two seasons. The membership roll increased wonderfully and the club’s financial position also improved. This was despite considerable outlay in purchasing two new boats-a racing pair and a practice scull.

At Albert Park Regatta , Robert Commons, F.Beaumont, G.Sams an H.Myles won the Maiden four.

At Ballarat Regatta on February 25th,1911 the club was out in full force again boating crews in all Maiden classes as well as Junior sculls and pairs, senior sculls and pair and a club four. The sun shone on the day and shone on the club as we won four out of the eleven races on offer and were the most successful club at the regatta. The wins were in the Junior pairs with H.Blick and Peter Cram winning easily. The Junior four of Robert Commons, H.Allchin.G.Sams and H.Myles were also on the victory dias. We had a winning special Maiden four for men under 10 stone in weight. The crew were C.Williams,W.Crick,G.Vickery and J.Walker.This was the beginning of the lightweight class of rowing. The City crew won by four lengths. Fred Luke was victorious in the Senior Sculls.

Racing at the Novice Regatta in December the club had two crews racingin the fours.They finishing 1st and 4th respectively and winning the overall point’s trophy. F. Luke competed in the Champion Sculls of Ballarat finishing second to Barrell of Wendouree, denying him the trifecta as he had won in 1909 and 1910. In the Novice sculls City’s B. Green was an easy winner.

Winners Junior Pair, Ballarat Regatta. H.Blick (bow)Peter Cram (stroke),O.McPhail (cox)


The medallion below was won by Carl Ehms in 1911 for the club’s Trial Pairs race. It is a beautifully engraved gold medallion which originally hung below two crossed oars. You can see the medallion proudly worn by a young Carl Ehms in the photograph which was taken probably around 1912.Carl had quite a rowing career continuing to feature in winning crews for the club right through the 1920’s.The medallion is still in the possession of the Ehms  family.

Photographs courtesy of Alan Ehms and Pam Schaper.

Carl Ehms Medallion for BCRC Trial Pairs 1911
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