The Albert Park-South Melbourne Rowing Club will welcome the return of the Briscoe Trophy at the Albert Park Lake Masters Regatta on Saturday, 2nd May, 2015.
The Briscoe Trophy was first awarded to the winner of the Senior Fours, and event for “non Manual Labourer Amateurs” at the 1882 Melbourne Regatta held at Colac on 2nd December 1882, and was won outright by Albert Park in 1889.
At over a metre high, the trophy has an interesting history. It was lost and then discovered, dirty and blackened, in a South Melbourne antique shop by Harry Duncan, a former president of Albert Park RC. It was subsequently donated to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), who are now donating it back to the Albert Park-South Melbourne Rowing Club.
Club president Cherylann Biegler says, “We are really excited to welcome the Briscoe Trophy home to APSM. It is a wonderful example of craftsmanship, and of the grand prizes awarded in the late 1800s.”
There will also be an exhibition of club memorabilia called "The Great War and Rowing on Albert Park Lake".
The Albert Park-South Melbourne Rowing Club is located within the Plant-Williamson Rowing Pavilion, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park Lake near the Lakeside Stadium. The trophy will be on show from 9am to 1pm.
More details can be found on our Heritage Projects page.