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Elsie Ellen Hawkins in single scull

Date: 1927
Dimensions:
Overall: 82 x 132 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Zelia Hawkins
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00036125

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    Description
    Elsie Ellen Hawkins is shown rowing in wooden scull in this silver gelatin photograph. Hawkins combined a career as a hotel publican and boarding house manager with that of a successful sculler.
    SignificanceThis photograph is representative of female sculling and rowing in Australia during the 20th century including Champion sculler Elsie Ellen Hawkins.
    HistoryElsie Ellen Hawkins nee Hicks emigrated with her husband from England to Australia in 1920. Born in London on October 7 1892, she lived to be 100 years old. Her colourful working life included stints as a hotel publican, boarding house and corner store manageress and brothel keeper. Her large amount of vim and vigour also extended itself to sports and hobbies. Despite never having learned to swim Elsie took up competitive sculling as soon as she arrived in Sydney.

    Using her four year old daughter Bonnie as coxswain, Elsie won the New South Wales Women's Heavy Boat Sculling Championship Race in 1925. Her career also included a sculling victory in the 1927 Pittwater Regatta. Her skill and prowess in the sport of heavy boat rowing was unusual considering her diminutive size.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Elsie Ellen Hawkins in single scull

    Primary title: SILVER GELATIN PRINT OF ELSIE ELLEN HAWKINS ROWING IN SMALL WOODEN ROW BOAT WITH COASTLINE VISIBLE IN BACKGROUND

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