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Records of Sydney Flying Squadron races

Date: 1957 - 1973
90 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Faye Magner
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0085

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    This archive series consists of five notebooks listing the starters and winners of skiff races conducted by the Sydney Flying Squadron from 14 December 1957 to April 1973. The entries, were presumably made by former open boat skipper George Robinson, who had converted his skiff BRITANNIA to become the Squadron's starter boat. Some of the notebooks include copies of the weekly program magazine sheet, and information about the formation of the Sydney Flying Squadron club in 1891 - 1892.
    HistoryMr George Robinson (1894 - 1987), known widely as "Wee Georgie Robinson", was the designer, builder, owner and skipper of the champion skiff BRITANNIA throughout its working life.

    Robinson was a foreman shipwright at Cockatoo island, living on the Balmain waterfront for his whole life. He sailed in summer and played football in winter. Like his father, George Robinson became a boatbuilder and 18-Foot skiff skipper, starting as a bailer boy in his father's boat.

    In 1913 he built his first boat, a 6-foot skiff named BRITANNIA, and in 1919 he launched his 18-foot skiff of the same name. Over the next 25 years BRITANNIA became a champion, crewed by 11 family and footballers.

    Robinson built other craft including other skiffs, his own work launch, a yacht named WAITANGI and a series of Sabot class dinghies.

    Upon his death in 1987, his family donated various papers (programs, notebooks race records, magazines and newsletters) relating to BRITANNIA and the Sydney Flying Squadron collected by George Robinson to the Australian National Maritime Museum. The Museum also holds half block models of boats he built.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Records of Sydney Flying Squadron races

    Primary title: Five notebooks kept by Mr George ("Wee Georgie"] Robinson, recording details of Sydney Flying Yacht Squadron Yacht Races

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