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Opening the season at Canterbury Rowing Club, 1893

Opening the season at Canterbury Rowing Club, 1893

The huge crowds lining the banks of the Avon River on 14 October 1893 despite a cold easterly wind show the interest taken by Christchurch people in the annual opening of the rowing season. According to the Press this was the event 'from which ladies usually date the assumption of new costumes'. The day itself involved a procession of boats along the river, followed by races for fours and double sculls.

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David Green, 'Rowing - Overview and origins of rowing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 March 2023)

Story by David Green, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 19 Sep 2016