This site offers all the information athletes and visitors need to learn about and join one of Australia’s greatest sporting clubs. Also, keep up to date with our news and events.


May news includes

  • Expressions of interest called for Masters in Paradise
  • Masters enjoy National Masters Championships
  • From the archives
  • Fundraising events for our international representatives
  • Advance notice – Arthur Atkins’ 100th birthday party Sun 6th August
  • More Mercs members to race overseas
  • Kayak News
  • Another crew announced to go to HRR
  • Masters win at Victorian Masters Championships
  • Jen Cleary and Josh Dunkley Smith off to HRR
  • Vale Roberto Perillo
  • 150th Head of the River Celebration Dinner
  • Junior, Under 23 and Para National Team members announced
  • Under 21 National Team members announced
  • Overseas crews now being put together
  • New member profile – Edward “Spiv” White

April news includes:

  • ANZAC Day Service and President’s Luncheon report
  • Masters win at Albert Park Regatta
  • Bob Lachal at Gallipoli
  • Greetings from Noel Donaldson
  • More 1986 archive material
  • Mercantile spotted at…
  • Hawthorn Bridge 1890
  • John “Thumbscrew” Carr member profile added
  • Attention now turns to overseas
  • James Sprigg Member Profile Added
  • From the archives – 1986 Men’s Fours
  • Jenny Williams AM
  • Masters win at Henley on Maribyrnong
  • Rachel Engel invited to under-age trials number 2 in June for US athletes
  • James Rook announced as coxswain of the Australian eight
  • Invitations to under-age trials announced
  • President’s Luncheon 30th April
  • Day 7 National Championships
  • Sarah Tait Trophy
  • Day 6 National Championships


Mercantile has a proud history of rowing on the Yarra River and beyond. The club was founded in 1880 by a group of enthusiastic business and sports minded members with the aim to increase the health and recreation of Melbourne’s society via the noble sport of rowing.

From these idealistic beginnings, we have seen the club successfully produce members, who reflect the club’s current day beliefs:

  • Excellence and service to the sport of rowing
  • Physical and mental health
  • Respect for yourself, club members, crew members and competitors
  • Friendship

Mercantile has consistently produced members who are leaders in sport, in administration, coaching and athletic performance. Our members have provided representative service to Australia on the World and Olympic stage, including numerous World and Olympic champions. We boast three Thomas Keller medallists, awarded for an outstanding international rowing career (more than any other club in the world); and a whole host of Order of Australia Medallists for services to the sport of rowing. Our membership is broad, inclusive and long lasting.

Our membership base includes existing active members with a 80-year club membership history, to recent new members from school and masters levels.

If you love rowing and the ideals produced from a crisp catch, clean finish and steady roll forward, then Mercantile Rowing Club is the place to be. At Mercantile, as in life, “Every stroke we take, we take a stroke to win”.


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