October 2015 News

Above – David Crawshay – presentation of silver medal at 2015 World Championships (photo courtesy of Rowing Australia)


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More member profiles added

Published 21st October 2015

More member profiles are being added including some of our younger members such as Meghan Hester, Alex Kinsella and Will Legge. We also have some of older members also recently added such as our Argentinian connection with Roberto Perillo. There are over 70 profiles listed already since this feature started a month ago.

Mercantile AGM Results

Published 19th October 2015



Above: A scene from the AGM

2015-16 Office Bearers

We congratulate the following members elected to the Committee of the Club.
President: Malcolm Batten OAM
Vice-Presidents: Jeff Lawrence, David Colvin, David Yunghanns, David Pincus, Roger Wilson OAM, Warwick Hutchins, David Boykett OAM, Andrew Evans, Henry Edgar, James Tomkins OAM. Phil Batters, William Webster
Captain: Robyn Selby Smith
Vice-Captains: Hannah Lewis and William Webster
Hon. Secretary: Jenny Fraumano
Hon. Treasurer: Duncan McKinnon
Hon. Ass. Treasurer: Andrew Phillips
Boats & Equipment Manager: Roberto Perillo
Committee: Danae Bosler, Julie Orr and Henry Edgar
Auditor: John Weller
Hon. Solicitor: Justin Quill


2014-15 Season Award Winners

Dr R A Cooper Memorial Trophy for outstanding service to the Club: Graeme Boykett who has undertaken the task of decorating the Clubhouse with photos of our crews
Captain’s Trophy for the most race wins: Hannah Lewis and Angus Widdicombe
Max Bailey Trophy for the coxswain with the most wins: Sarah Banting, also the Australian women’s eight cox
N W Cairnes Trophy for the most improved coxswain: Sarah Banting, from club to national team
Jeff Wylie Memorial Trophy for the most improved lightweight: Meghan Hester, our representative in the Australian under 21 team
FR Browne Memorial Trophy for the most improved oarsman: Angus Widdicombe who finished the season in the winning Kings Cup crew
H R Federico Trophy for the most improved oarswoman: Hannah Lewis, our Vice-Captain who finished the season with international success
Keith Bilney Trophy for the coach who has instilled in their crews the love of the sport: David Pincus, our under 23 men’s coach
Jay Loveless Trophy for the most outstanding oarswoman: Jennifer Cleary, a superb season in the Australian women’s quad scull
Most Outstanding Oarsman Trophy: Josh Dunkley Smith and David Crawshay, both silver medallists at the World Championships

Congratulations to these great members.

Special Business

The motions regarding the creation of the Mercantile Foundation were duly passed.



Rowing Victoria AGM

Published 18th October 2015

Mercantile received the senior premiership at the 139th annual general meeting of Rowing Victoria on the weekend.

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Above: Hannah Lewis accepting the premiership from RV President Fiona Dickson


The AGM of Rowing Victoria elected club members Patrick McNamara and Joe Joyce to their Board. The Mercantile Rowing Club representation on the RV Board is now significant with Bill Webster an existing Board member. Congratulations Pat and Joe.


The AGM also elected club member Andrew Guerin to life membership of Rowing Victoria. His citation read as follows:

Your contribution to Rowing Victoria has been outstanding. The quality of work in your role as President of Rowing Victoria and the significant changes you have made to the nature and operations of Rowing Victoria is renowned. Your contribution to the sport through compiling the History of Australian Rowing is remarkable. The forming of the Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame has seen Victoria lead the way in recognising our rowing greats. The significant volunteer roles you have provided to the sport include 36 years of umpiring at State, National, International and Olympic competition, team manager for State, National and Olympic teams, Rowing Australia Councillor and Rowing Victoria Awards Committee. Congratulations Andrew on your Rowing Victoria Life Membership.



More member profiles added

Published 17th October 2015

More member profiles are being added including some of our younger members such as Addy Dunkley-Smith.


Mercantile Members to be honoured in Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame

Published 11th October 2015

Rowing Victoria has announced the 2015 Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame inductees and several Mercantile members are included.


Sir Stephen Morell – A rower, coach and administrator who brought great fame to the sport and enhanced the importance of it in Victoria


1967 Australian Four, our first sweep gold medal at a FISA recognised Championship – Stephen Gillon, David Douglas (inducted 2010), Graeme Boykett, John Harry, Tom Daffy and Hubert Frederico (inducted 2013)


Martin Aitken – A sporting career which brought great fame to our sport.


2005 World Champion Medallists – Robyn Selby Smith, Sarah Tait, Kate Hornsey, Emily Martin, Fleur Chew, Pauline Frasca and coach Bill Tait.


If you like to attend the induction and support our inductees, book through the Rowing Victoria website. It is always a great night.

2005 FISA Rowing World Cup Munich,GERMANY. 18.06.2005; AUS W8+ Bow Photo Peter Spurrier. email images@intersport-images


Reminder – AGM 17th October 2015

Published 9th October 2015

Full details of the meeting and the lunch starting at noon are under the events tab. Bookings for the lunch are required as a large turnout is expected.


Photo courtesy of Lachlan McKinnon

The Annual General Meeting is to be held at the Clubhouse on Saturday 17th October 2015 at 2pm commencing with a luncheon at noon. All crews will be training that morning. Come along for the fun of the meeting and also to meet with our very talented crews. If you are a past rower, come down at 11am for a row. Please let the Club know if you want a row and RSVP as per below for the luncheon.

Buffet Lunch 12:00 for 12:30

Price $30

Drinks at bar prices

Meeting 2:00 pm (No charge)

Trophies will be awarded to outstanding athletes for the 2014/15 season

Election of office bearers

Constitutional changes to be approved – details being sent to members

Mercantile Rowing Club

Boathouse 5, Boathouse Drive

Melbourne Vic 3004

RSVP: 13th October 2015 

Further Details & Apologies:

Jenny Fraumano – 0438 324307


Athletes in focus – Hannah Lewis and Gus Widdicombe

Published 9th October 2015

Our Vice Captain and Gus Widdicombe are our athletes in focus this week. Go to member profiles to check them out.

Heads of the Yarra Past

Published 4th October 2015

Lachlan McKinnon has provided the Club with some great pictures of Mercantile in past Heads of the Yarra to get us into the mood for the 2015 race. More to follow in November.

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Member in focus – Arthur Atkins DFC

Published 2nd October 2015

Our longest serving member Arthur Atkins DFC is under the microscope today with his profile having been published under member profiles. Follow this link to his fascinating story.


Vice-President Warwick Hutchins recovers

Published 2nd October 2015

Vice-President and Trustee of our Mercantile Funds Warwick Hutchins is recovering well from heart surgery. He says that he feels like he has been hit by the bullet train but well.


Mercantile members looking to assist Rowing Victoria

Published 2nd October 2015

Rowing Victoria is holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 18th October 2015 at Power House Rowing Club at 10am.

On the agenda is the election of three Board member positions from eight candidates. Up for re-election is Club member Pat McNamara and Club members John Saunders and Joe Joyce have also offered their services. Andrew Guerin is also being put for election to life membership of Rowing Victoria. The RV annual report is on the their website.


Mercantile zootie spotted at …….

Published 1st October 2015

The standard of entries still amazes the editor. If you don’t believe him, look back through the previous new stories – Tibet, Florence, Florida, Switzerland etc.


This entry comes from Chipper Colvin who relates the story as follows:

This dates to 2006 when I took a Women’s Lighty quad of Sarah-Jane Blunt (Stroke), Anna McMahon (3), Danae (Dee) Bosler (2), & Nalini Blacker (bow) to race at Women’s Henley. We were boated out of the Imperial College boathouse at Putney where Richard Wearne was the clubhouse manager at the time. On our second morning in London the tides were with us and Monster (Richard Wearne) suggested we do the big trip into the City. We headed off to the London Eye with the last of the outgoing tide and came back to Putney with the beginning of the incoming tide. All up we covered about 24km or so return trip in about an hour & 40 minutes. While I coached and navigated the girls, Monster drove the tinny & took the photos (each of us got a CD of about 300 shots as a reminder) but this shot was the highlight. About one stroke after this photo was taken, the girls realised where they were and the whole thing went to pot.


Free Postage Opportunity on Mercs gear

Published 1st October 2015

Designer Paintworks has set up an postage free order window for those who need to order Mercs apparel.  It opened 10am 1st October and close 10am 12th October 2015.

During this time you place your order as usual, but the order will be delivered to the Club and there will be no postage charged ( A saving of $9.00 plus)

Go to the Designer Paintworks website
Select the Mercantile tab
Place you order as usual.

If you need a new racing zootie for Head of the Yarra, you will need to order before the 12th to ensure delivery.

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Mercantile AGM Saturday 17th October at 2pm

Republished 1st October 2015

Full details of the meeting and the lunch starting at noon are under the events tab. Bookings for the lunch are required as a large turnout is expected.



60 member profiles have now been added to the website

Republished 1st October 2015

Even though this feature only started on 21st September 2015, the sixty barrier has been breached already with member profiles. This is an important part of the Club’s history and culture to recognise our member base. Please support this great initiative by providing us with new member profiles. James Harvey has added some this week.

We actively seek submissions from all members of profiles to add to the site, particularly of current rowers. Please send to and subject to editorial review, they will be published with the author name and date.



Past news can be found through this link.