Opening of the Boating Season, 1904

That the opening of the boating season has lost none of it’s popularity was demonstrated on Saturday by the large concourse of people who assembled along the the banks from the Union shed to the Stanmore bridge to watch the proceedings. The course of events was similar to that followed in previous seasons. A long procession of boats, some of them decorated, and most of them containing ladies, left the Union Rowing Club’s Boathouse at a quarter to three, and proceeded in single file down the river as far as the Stanmore bridge, when they returned to the starting point. Afterward two scratch races were held, double sculls and fours, and finally afternoon tea was served at the different boathouses All the clubhouses were decorated with flags and bunting, and the Christchurch Amateur Club’s new and commodious shed was open for the first time. Press, Volume LXI, Issue 12015, 17 October 1904, Page 9. Image taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 27 OCTOBER 1904 p004. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19041027-4-3.

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