On 22 March, Bernard Hempseed wrote on HTBS about the professional World Champion sculler Henry Searle and the monuments that was erected on the Parramatta River in 1891 to honour him and his accomplishments during his rowing career that was cut short when he suddenly died in 1889. Bernard has never come close enough to the monument to get to read what it says on the plaque. In his entry, Bernard was urging that a “Sydney person” might be able to get in a boat and take a picture.
One nice fellow, Peter Miller, actually did oblige Bernard’s request! On Monday, 4 April, Peter’s photographs were posted on the good Chris Partridge’s eminent blog, Rowing for Pleasure. Read Peter’s/Chris’s entry, “Monument to a great oarsman”, by clicking here. Now, it is collaborations like this that help us to understand our history better. Bravo Chris and Peter & thank you!