Tim Koch finds an online archive that is worth a Captain Cook.
The State Library of South Australia, the SLSA, is located in the South Australia’s state capital Adelaide. While this is not an unreasonable place for SA’s official state library to be, and it does make it convenient for the 1,350,000 Adelaideans, it is of little use to anyone else (including most Australians). Fortunately, Australia now has the Internet and the good librarians at the SLSA have made much of their holdings available online – including their large photographic archive. HTBS Types will not be surprised that I typed ‘rowing’ into the search facility and found many splendid images. A random selection of pictures that are in the public domain is shown here but many more can be viewed on the SLSA website.
I love the idea of a rowing event for men over 17 stone! Perhaps we should reinstate such a top heavy event mainly for retired, still hungry ex-lightweights😂
The Photo showing the christening of two inrigger racing fours as late as 1909 is a fantastic piece of history!
In Europe the last of this kind vanished before 1900 (Netherlands and Belgium). In the most countries nearly 20 years before.