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Rowing Craft




The ANMM has a collection of eight historic rowing craft is built in a diverse range of materials - wood, corrugated iron and composite fibreglass construction. Amongst the key vessels are an Australian A&H Green built, cedar-planked single scull for 1930s champion sculler Bobby Pearce, the Oarsome Foursome's 1992 Olympic Gold Medal winning shell, two wooden double-ended surfboats and a corrugated iron, recreational fishing and flood boat from regional Australia.

Australia has had major international success in the sport of rowing since the 1860s, and in 2010 remains one of the most completive nations in men's and women's events. Two of the most well known examples have been Bobby Pearce, undefeated as a professional and amateur sculler for over a decade from 1928, and the 1990s Olympic Gold Medal winning Oarsome Foursome crew. Rowing has been a strong national pastime and includes the surf rescue boat, a design pioneered in Australian surf clubs from the early 1900s and adopted around the world. In regional Australia they adapted the design of simple dinghies to suit their available materials and created unusual metal craft to use on rivers and lakes.

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Parts of this collection are digitised and available on the ANMM web site


1930-1992; Dinghies; Rowing; Shell (boat)


Water sports

Coverage Spatial

Barcelona, Spain; Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Coverage Temporal



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