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Above: Ben Canham and Mitch Hooper off the start at the Nationals

News brought to you by your correspondent Trident.

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News covered this month:

  • Noel Donaldson returns
  • Total Facility Management announced as a sponsor of the Cocktail Party
  • Need some publicity for your business? Read this.
  • Change to HRR entries
  • The next generation
  • Member profile – Albert Lindblade
  • Member profile – Dr Richard A Cooper
  • Foundation Grants announced
  • River closures and events
  • A Yarra scene we know too well
  • Australian Under 23 Coxed Four in training
  • Raffle for our international representatives – tickets on sale
  • Vale Colin Campbell OAM and Alan Grover
  • Once a member, always a member
  • Olympic Games tickets go on sale
  • News from members around the world
  • Cocktail Party 1st June 2019
  • Crews selected for Henley Royal Regatta
  • Martin Owen Wednesday luncheons
  • Road closure Sunday 12 May 2019
  • Australian Indoor Rowing Championships announced
  • 2019-2020 membership form and fees now available
  • 2019 Under age teams announced with Mercantile represented
  • Pulling Through – The story of the King’s Cup
  • From the vaults – 1945-47, Bill Wallace
  • Event in Boathouse Drive Saturday 4th May
  • Henley Royal Regatta 2019
  • Keep these dates free
  • Member profiles

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Noel Donaldson comes home

Published 21st May 2019

After years in Canberra and then in New Zealand, Noel Donaldson returns to Melbourne as Head Coach of Rowing at the VIS, a position that he has held before. Great to see you home Noel.

Noel has had a sensational history as an elite coach at Mercantile, VIS, Rowing Australia and Rowing New Zealand with more Olympic, World Championships and Interstate Championships that you could dream of.

The only downside is that we will have to endure his fanatical Geelong FC support, and, Geelong are doing well. Just when you thought it was safe to watch Geelong at the MCG!

Great work Noel and we look forward to your arrival next week from the land of the Great White Cloud.

Noel in the centre with his 1992 Olympic Champion crew at the Olympic Games
Depending upon how well he contains his feverish Geelong FC support, your correspondent has agreed not to publish pictures of Noel later that night.

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Published 21st May 2019

We are delighted to announce that Total Facility Management has kindly agreed to be a sponsor of the Cocktail Party to raise funds for the Club’s overseas touring athletes. Thank you Total Facility Management.

Remember that we need you all to attend the function with the details below. If you cannot attend, please buy some raffle tickets per an earlier story below.

Remember if you cannot attend, please buy some raffle tickets

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Need some publicity for your business? Read this.

Published 21st May 2019

Leanne Quinn of Civic Outdoor advertising has kindly offered for the live auction at the Cocktail Party a $5,000 package of large format outdoor advertising. Sadly the following pictures are taken by the onsite camera and do not do justice to how they look. However it does provide an insight of what your business could have.

This is a great auction prize and worthwhile for all businesses.

First example
Yes your Club’s Cocktail Party is being advertised in a large format outdoor advertisement

Thank you Civic Media.

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Change to HRR entries

Published 19th May 2019

Sadly Ed Northrop has had to return to the US and so our double scull entry at HRR is now reduced to a single, Red Matthews.

Being a lightweight, Red will have a tough task in the Diamond Sculls against well credentialed open weight rowers. Best wishes Red.

Red on the podium at the Nationals in March

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The next generation

Published 19th May 2019

The following picture was taken today at the Hawthorn Citizens Junior Football under 10 competition with three of the great Mercs families on the same team. The boys look like they will be a handy rowing team one day. Their fathers might take a bit more work!

Left to right: Duncan and Sam McCall, Anthony (coach) and Tom Bergelin, James and Lachlan Gumley

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Member profiles – Albert Lindblade

Published 19th May 2019

This month we have added a member profile for Albert Lindblade, a lifelong member who raced through the end of 1800’s through the first half of the twentieth century as an active rower and then as a masters.

He coached many crews as well as leaving the Club a superb photo collection of the early years of the Club and of early Melbourne around the Yarra River.

1900 winning maiden eight – Alby Lindblade seated on the fat right

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Member Profiles – Dr R A Cooper

Published 17th May 2019

This month we have added a member profile of Richard “Doc” Cooper. The R A Cooper Memorial Trophy is well known to members as the award given to the member who has provided the most outstanding service to the Club.

. The R A Cooper Memorial Trophy is well known to members as the award given to the member who has provided the most outstanding service to the Club.

Member will also be aware that the fund also supports members in Australian crews. Given that grants have been made this month to two members, it is only fitting that his profile is added.

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Foundation Grants Announced

Published 17th May 2019

The Club has a Foundation which has been created over the years by the generosity of it’s members. One element of the Foundation was created by Dr R A Cooper providing for a trophy for the Club member of the year and if there was any income remaining, to assist Mercantile members representing either the Club or Australian crews overseas. Given the usual large number of Australian representatives in the Club, custom has been to only allocate to those selected in Australian teams.

Your trustees have invested the surplus money for the trophy wisely and this element of the fund comprises about $100,000 and now produces an income of about $4,000 pa.

Your trustees are pleased to announce that two initial grants have been awarded, $1,000 each to Mitch Hooper and Ben Canham. The balance of the income will be considered once the Australian under-age teams are settled.

Congratulations Mitch and Ben.

Richard A Cooper was a great coxswain and coach of the Club. He first appeared in the winning crews of the Club in the 1903-04 season. “Doc” Cooper, as he was to become affectionately known in later years, had thereby started an association with Mercantile which was to extend over a period of almost 70 years. During his time, the Club was to benefit from his outstanding services as a coxswain, oarsman and coach. Following his retirement from the latter capacity, his shrewd and often caustic judgement of crews and oarsmen was greatly respected.

“Doc” Cooper coxing a winning Mercs maiden four at Bairnsdale in 1905

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River Closures and events

Published 17th May 2019

May Events 2019
Sunday 19th May 2019 11:00am – 11:45am Vic Dragon Boat Assocation; Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Demonstration Paddle
Yarra River is closed from VRA to 200m upstream

Sunday 26th May 2019 8:30am – 2:00pm Yarra River Keepers Association – Yarra River Blitz ‘reed beds clean up’
Yarra River is open

June Events 2019
Wednesday 5th June 2019 11:00am – 11:45am
Melbourne Boat Show wake surf exhibition
Yarra River is closed Charles Grimes to Spencer St Bridge

April – July Works 2019
Monday 29th April till Monday 22nd July 2019 – 24hrs
Evan Walker Bridge Works – Partial Closure

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A Yarra scene we know too well

Published 15th May 2019

Morell Bridge, from the river – named after our esteemed past President Sir Stephen Morell
A late afternoon photo on 15th May 2019

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Australian Under 23 Coxed Four

Published 15th May 2019

Some pictures from training tonight on the Yarra.

The Australian Under 23 four training in the late afternoon on the Yarra
Str: Adam Bakker, 3: Angus Dawson, 2: Mitch Hooper, Bow: Ben Canham, Cox:
 Caitlin Hockings, Cch: Nick Mitchell
Nick and Caitlin discuss the row

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Raffle for our international representatives – tickets on sale

Published 12th May 2019

As mentioned below, the Club has two members in the Australian Under 23 team and is sending three crews to Henley Royal Regatta this year. They all need your assistance to compete on these regattas.

One way to assist for those unable to attend the Cocktail Party is to buy some raffle tickets. Simply email the Captain with your order (captain@mercantile.org.au), who will send out payment details and tickets will be posted to you – as simple as that.

Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00

The raffle will be drawn at the Cocktail Party on 1st June 2019 at 9:00 pm at Mercantile Rowing Club

Prizes
1st Prize – 4 weeks of training at F45T Training Moorabbin Value $250.00

2nd Prize – Woollen Travel Blanket Red Hill House Value $175.00

3rd Prize – Initial osteopath consultation Dr Megan Hester (Osteopath) Albert Park Sports and Spinal Value $135.00

4th Prize – Initial osteopath consultation Dr Megan Hester (Osteopath) Albert Park Sports and Spinal Value $135.00

5th Prize – Gift voucher from Simply Oarsome $150.00

6th Prize – Gift voucher from the Regatta shop $100.00

7th Prize – Men’s backpack from Red Hill House Value $95.00

8th Prize – Mercantile Merchandise Bag Value $95.00

9th Prize – 2 Gold Class tickets Value $100.00

10th Prize – Copy of the book “Pulling Through The story of the Kings Cup”. Author Dr Bruce Coe. Value $50

A past Thames Eight crew from the Club at HRR with Club benefactors Sean and Bibi Colgan

Thank you for supporting our international athletes.

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Vale Colin Campbell OAM and Alan Grover

Published 13th May 2019

Sadly we record the passing of two people who assisted Mercantile and the sport of rowing.

Colin Campbell of Campbell’s wines was a supporter of the Club and it’s oarsmen at Christmas regattas in the 1960s. Peter “China” O’Brien believes that he was also a member of the Club. Mercs crews certainly paid homage to his vineyard every time they attended the Christmas regattas to sample his great wares.

The Campbell’s Wines website records:

Colin was Director and Winemaker at Campbells Wines for almost 50 years. Over these years he crafted many of our much loved wines. Namely Bobbie Burns Shiraz, The Barkly Durif, The Brothers Shiraz, The Sixties Block and of course he was the wine custodian of Campbells World Class Muscat and Topaque wines.

Colin was an inspirational leader who lived and breathed winemaking and wine. He worked tirelessly for the betterment of the wine industry, both as an innovative winemaker and through his work with Winemakers of Rutherglen and the Australian Grape and Wine Inc (formerly Winemakers Federation of Australia).

Thank you Colin for your friendship and assistance to Mercs.

1968 Olympic Crew coxed by Alan Grover. To his right is club member David Douglas, thirds from the right former club member the Late Joe Fazio and far left is club member John Nickson

Whilst not a Mercs member, many members will recall and appreciate the fine work of Alan Grover for rowing and the Olympic movement.

Alan competed in rowing at the Tokyo 1964, Mexico 1968 (Men’s Eight – silver medal) and Munich 1972 Olympic Games.

Alan was a long term employee of the AOC joining from Speedo in 1987 before retiring in October 2012.   

Sadly, Alan passed away on Sunday, 12 May 2019 after a few years of ill health. He is survived by his wife Jan and children, Michelle, Peter and Jenny as well as grandchildren. He was McVilly-Pearce pin number 158.

Both men will be sadly missed by the sport of rowing.

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Once a member, always a member

Published 12th May 2019

Club President Anthony Johnson has launched a campaign to rejoin past members to the Club. The Club has created a membership category called Alumni for past coaches and rowers. For $99 a year, you can show your support for the Club. Special member only benefits are being rolled out to support the initiative.

Expect a call from a Committee member if your membership has lapsed. Or if you see a Mercantilian at any stage, ask the question, are you a current member? If not, please join immediately to support your club.

Our under 21 Four, with medals, at the Nationals with their coach Brig Carlile

Remember, Mercs is not for a short time, it is for a lifetime.

Go Mercs

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Olympic Games tickets go on sale

Published 12th May 2019

In a press release from the Australian Olympic Committee last Friday, the AOC provided details of how the ticketing will work. We quote in part from their press release.

The Individual ticket sales process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is now open in Australia.

The Request Phase window will run from today May 10th until May 31st.

Pricing will be posted shortly so that fans will have the ability to adjust their submissions based on price at any time up until May 31st.

The Australian Olympic Committee and CoSport, the leading provider of Olympic ticketing and hospitality, are pleased to announce that CoSport.com will exclusively offer Australian fans the chance to request tickets to their favourite events.

Should demand exceed supply for any sessions, then requests for those sessions will go into a ballot, and fans whose draw is successful will be able to purchase those tickets.

Those fans who miss out the first time will have another opportunity on a first-come, first-served basis during the live sales phase, which is expected to start on June 28, 2019.

In order to secure Individual Tickets offered as part of the Request Phase, Australian residents are invited to create a CoSport.com account and submit a non-binding ticket request by May 31, 2019.

All ticket requests submitted successfully by the deadline will be given equal consideration regardless of when they were submitted within the ticket Request Phase.

Josh Dunkley-Smith after winning silver in 2016

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News from members around the world

Published 12th May 2019

Paul Schreier. Recently we caught up with one of our current members who has been living in the UK since his rowing days, Paul Schreier. Paul notes that he “rowed for Mercs in one glorious year, winning the national junior coxed four championship in a Phil Ainsworth-coached crew in 1987, with the likes of Simon Morrison and Peter Somerville. Anyway, I then went off to Cambridge and ended up staying in the UK, where I still am. “

He adds that “I still keep up with Mercs though, where I’ve maintained my membership, if only to put some money into the system to support the current generation, as I was once supported.” Well done Paul. This is the behaviour that will enable Mercs to continue to be a great club.

Paul also recalled that “Peter Somerville, Simon Morrison, the Begleys and I did a 25 year reunion dinner in 2012, at Vlado’s in Richmond. The reason for the choice is that Phil was away for a couple weeks in the middle of the 86-87 season and Jack Hawkins, from Phil’s 77 lightweight eight, coached us. Jack liked Vlado’s, and so did we. It hadn’t changed much in 25 years.”

Paul has kindly provided to the Mercs crews his spare Enclosure and Leander Club guest passes. Great work Paul and we look forward to catching up with you at Henley.

Mike Caldwell. Mike was a cox as a schoolboy for both Melbourne Grammar and Mercs. His father was a diplomat at the American Embassy and so temporarily based in Australia. He was a contemporary of Martin Owen and remembers Marty well.

He has offered to send us some photos of that time from his home in the USA. Thank you Mike for thinking of us.

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Cocktail party 1st June 2019

Published 8th May 2019

Support our international competing athletes on 1st June 2019

Mercantile will be sending crews to compete on the international stage this year. Mercantile is reaching out to its members and supporters to assist these athletes cover the costs of attending these events.

We will have representatives at:

Under 23 World Championships  Sarasota USA         Under 23 Mens Coxed Four

Henley Royal Regatta              The Double sculls Challenge

                                                   The Wyfold Cup

                                                   The Britannia Challenge Cup

 You can support their fundraising in various ways.

  1. Attend the Cocktail Party 1 June 2019. Tickets are available on Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BCMTY
  2. General Donation Any and all donations over $2.00 are fully tax deductible and greatly appreciated by our athletes. You can make your tax deductible donation at https://asf.org.au/projects/mercantile-rowing-club/mercantile-rowing-club-equipment-fund/ All donations over $500.00 will receive a Mercantile supporters pack. Please advise of your donation to treasurer@mercantile.org.au to allow correct allocation of the funds.
  3. Auction and raffle donations. Contact Jenny Fraumano 0438324307
  4. Training to Win Package     $500.00 Each package includes the following exclusive benefits.
  • A seat in the coaches’ boat for a training session in preparation for their Regatta
  • Entry tickets and a drink at the exclusive Leander Rowing Club.
  • Mercantile Supporters pack

Numbers are limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Our Wyfold crew in 2018 – two of this crew are now in Australian under 23 team

See you at the Cocktail Party. Please direct all enquiries to Jenny Fraumano, Team Manager. advice@fraumanoandassociates.com       0438324307

Go Mercs

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Crews selected for Henley Royal Regatta

Published 8th May 2019

The Club selectors have announced the following crews for Henley Royal Regatta.

Double Sculls Challenge Cup – Red Matthews and Ed Northrop, coached by Nick Mitchell in Australia

Wyfold Challenge Cup – Angus Maloney, James Hoban, Jack Kelly and Carl Tomczak, coached by David Fraumano

Britannia Challenge Cup – Joel Cain, Lukas Matic, Alex Clarke and Will Achermann, coxed by Lily Arnoul, coached by David Fraumano

Team manager: Jenny Fraumano

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Martin Owen Wednesday Lunches

Published 9th May 2019

Sadly Martin Owen is very ill but has survived beyond all expectations – no surprises there. Marty’s sharp mind and wit and regrettably for many of us, a long memory of our youth, keeps us on our toes.

A group of older members continue to enjoy Marty’s company with a regular informal Wednesday lunch at Darnlee, Lansell Road Toorak. All are welcome, just tell Ken Marshall or Andrew Guerin of your proposed attendance. Long may they continue.

Wednesday luncheon this week with Marty
From the left: Steve Mollard, Malcolm Robertson, John Hawkins, Ken Marshall, Rod Stewart, Andrew Guerin, Terry Phillips

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Road closure Sunday 12th May 2019

Published 8th May 2019

Mothers’ Day Classic road run closes Boathouse Drive from 6pm Saturday to 2pm Sunday.

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Australian Indoor Rowing Championships Announced

Published 8th May 2019

The date for the 2019 Australian Indoor Rowing Champs has been announced – Sunday 27 October – put it in your calendar.

To keep up to date with entries opening and training tips along the way – email indoorrowing@rowingaustralia.com.au

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2019-2020 membership form and fees now available

Published 3rd May 2019

With the end of the current financial year upon us, the Club has issued the new fees and 2019-2020 membership form. As the Club runs on a very tight budget and is reliant on subscriptions and donations to fund the Club, prompt payment of your subscriptions is appreciated.

If you are retiring from active rowing, you may wish to avail yourself of a non active membership.

Remember, we never want to lose a member. Once a member, always remain a member.

Go Mercs.

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2019 Under age teams announced with Mercantile represented

Republished 2nd May 2019

The National under age teams were announced today with Ben Canham and Mitch Hooper being selected in the coxed four, coached by our head coach Nick Mitchell. Congratulation to you all. The crew will train from Mercs and please make yourself known to the crew and support them well.

Also congratulations to Brigette Carlile who was selected as the coach of the women’s junior four, also boating out of Mercs. There is nothing stopping the rise and rise of Brigette’s coaching career.

Her crew comprises:
Scarlett Hanna (MLC) 
Olivia Moore (GGS) 
Teagan Blythe (Loretto Ballarat)
Katherine Easton (Power House)
Cox: Goldie O’Gorman (MLC)

We have two boys and a girl also in the coxed four who need accommodation until the end of June. Any offers of assistance would be appreciated. Please speak with Nick Mitchell.

The RA website reported that the U23 Australian Rowing Team will compete at the 2019 World Rowing U23 Championships to be held in Sarasota, Florida, USA from 24 to 28 July 2019. The size of the team could further increase, depending on upcoming trials for US College-based Australians who will trial between 13 and 16 June 2019.

Meanwhile, Australia will send six crews to the World Rowing Junior Championships, to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 7 to 11 August 2019. In addition to being a Junior World Rowing Championships, the event acts as a test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games rowing events.

RA continued to state that the U23 Men’s Coxed Four features a familiar face from the Junior and U23 rowing scene, with Queensland’s Adam Bakker making a return to the U23 team, the first time since he won gold in the U23 Men’s Four in 2017. The two-time Junior World Championships medallist is joined by Ben Canham (Mercs), Mitchell Hooper (Mercs), Angus Dawson (SA) and coxswain Caitlin Hockings (QLD) in the crew coached by Nick Mitchell (Mercs).

Go Mercs.

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Pulling Through – The story of the King’s Cup

Republished 2nd May 2019

Your faithful correspondent has been the publisher of a new book on the original King’s Cup race in 1919 and unashamedly is now promoting it to Mercantile members. The book is a quality production which tells the great story of how the King’s Cup was won in racing and then won again against the wishes of the Minister of Defence, Prime Minister Billy Hughes and the Governor General. This is a magnificent story.

Front cover of the book

Books can be purchased and you can read more about the book and order it online.

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From the vaults 1945-47 from Bill Wallace

One of oldest and greatest members Bill Wallace has sent down to us some of his treasured photos. Bill was a small but very effective and successful senior oarsman. He was also Captain of the Club and an in demand coach after his rowing career finished.

Below are a selection of his photos from 1945-47 season when he won maiden, junior and open eights.

November 1945 – Melbourne Regatta
Bill Wallace in the bow seat of a crew stroked by Herb Shears
December 1945 winning maiden eight
Bill Wallace in the bow seat with Herb Shears in the two seat this time
16 February 1946 winning junior eight at the Melbourne Regatta
2 March 1946 winning open eight at the Barwon regatta
Bill in the bow seat with Arthur Atkins in the four seat
Junior eight winning at the Melbourne Regatta
Maiden pair winners at Upper Yarra Regatta 26th January 1946
Junior pair winners at Bairnsdale Regatta 20 April 1946
Bill Wallace bow and Herb Shears stroke
1947 Junior eight win at Barwon Regatta 8th March 1947
 Bow: William Wallace, 2 W Trickett, 3: Harry Duncan, 4: J Mitchell, 5: J Neill, 6: John Williams, 7: B Johnston, Str: Herb Shears, Cox: B Jeffery, Cch: Jack South
Winning junior eight at both Ballarat and Barwon regattas
Bow: William Wallace, 2 W Trickett, 3: Harry Duncan, 4: J Mitchell, 5: J Neill, 6: John Williams, 7: B Johnston, Str: Herb Shears, Cox: B Jeffery, Cch: Jack South

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Published 3rd May 2019

Event in Boathouse Drive Saturday 4th May

Published 2nd May 2019

Be aware that the Melbourne Uni Intercollegiate Regatta is on Saturday 4th May, 6am to noon.

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Keep these dates free

Published 2nd May 2019

Saturday 1 June – “Cocktail Party” for Mercantile Internationals 2019

Saturday 10 August – Trivia Night

Saturday 19 October – AGM & Annual Dinner 

Saturday 14 December – President’s Xmas Luncheon

Also note that we will look to have Club nights broadcasting the finals of World Cup, World Championships and HRR

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Henley Royal Regatta 2019

Republished 2 May 2019

The Club is planning to send some crews to HRR this year and there are some supporters also planning to attend. To ensure that you are kept up to date with arrangements and events, those supporters should keep Jenny Fraumano and Andrew Guerin advised of your plans. We do not want people to be left out of arrangements.

The current events are:

  • Australia House luncheon Tuesday 2nd July 2019 – tickets can be purchased on the RA website.
  • Mercs dinner Friday night at Zizzi Italian Restaurant at Henley
  • Race for the new King’s Cup
  • Possible dinner at Leander during the week for supporters and arranging access to Leander for members at various times during the week.
Your President stroking a crew to victory at HRR

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Member Profiles

Published 2 May 2019

Each month more member profiles are added. We now have over 160 published on the website.

We wish to record profiles of all current and past members so please submit others to info@mercantile.org.au. Subject to editorial review, they will be published with the author’s name and date.

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Past news can be found through this link.

info@mercantile.org.au