Australian Historical Medals
ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OF THE GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF N.S.W., (1895), in silver (51mm) by W.J.Amor, Sydney, obverse, facing head of Zeus, reverse, wreath and inside inscribed, '1895/Junior Eights/The Ladies Challenge Plate/Won by/The Mercantile Rowing Club/S.Lyall 10st 10lbs/3.' Edge nicks and surface marks, otherwise very fine.
The Ladies Challenge Plate is named after an identical event staged at the Henley Royal Regatta in England since 1845. This medal was awarded for the 2nd Annual Regatta of the Great Public Schools' Athletic Association held on Parramatta River on Saturday 11 May 1895 with the race staged between Uhr's Point and Gladesville. The winning Metropolitan Rowing Club team was 1. J.Buchanan (bow), 2. L.Wickham, 3. S.Lyall, 4. J.B.Thomson, 5. A.E.Brown, 6. P.C.Basche, 7. G.W.Whatmore (stroke), 8. J.Blackman (cox). The prizes were given at Church of England Grammar School at North Sydney on Thursday 20 June 1895.
Ex John Houstone Collection.
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