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John Walker Intercolonial Sailing Carnival trophy

Date: 1895-1896
Dimensions:
Overall: 330 x 610 x 550 mm
Medium: Sterling silver, brass, merino ram head, horn castors
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Donated by the Wright Family of Roma, Queensland through Donna and Ross Fraser & Lesley and Stanley Harrison
Object Name: Trophy
Object No: 00048268
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This trophy was displayed at the office of Mr John Walker, 10 Bond Street and described in the Aquatics pages of the Sydney Morning Herald on 19/12/1896. It was presented to J McMurtrie owner of the 22-ft skiff EFFIE and N Johnson the skipper.

    The Intercolonial Sailing Carnival, organised by the Johnston's Bay Sailing Club was a championship race for 22-ft skiffs between boats from Queensland and New South Wales and was first held on held on Morton Bay during the 1893-4 sailing season. I was again held on Morton Bay , Queensland on 31 December 1897. Competing boats from Queensland included BULLETIN, CANEEBIE, and STANLEY. New South Wales was represented by IREX, EFFIE and VIGILANT. The Walker Whisky trophy and the Four Crown Cup were presented in addition to the first prize of 30 pounds and the 'Courier' trophy. The race was described by the press as 'a well contested race'. The race umpire Hon E B Forrest, President of the Intercolonial carnival sailing Committee followed the race on the steamer OTTER.
    EFFIE won with a time of 2 hours 38 minutes and 34 seconds becoming the champion 22-footer of Australia. It was built in Sydney by Donnelly for J McMurtrie and was launched in September 1886. It was crewed with at least 20. McMurtrie was unable to attend the race in Brisbane due to a bout of typhoid.

    The following season EFFIE retained the championship on Sydney Harbour with a winning time of 5 hours, seven minutes and ten seconds ahead of KERIKI, STANLEY and CANEEBIE on 30 January 1899.
    SignificanceThis trophy is a rare example of a sporting trophy in the form of a ram' s head cigar stand and was awarded to the Australian champion 22-foot skiff from 1896.
    HistoryThe Intercolonial Sailing Carnival was first held on Moreton Bay in the 1893-4 season with a race for 22-foot skiffs. Sydney's Johnstone's Bay Sailing Club, one of the instigators of the contest was represented by IREX, LATONA and PORTIA. In 1895 the Sydney 22-footer ESMERALDA won the championship and in 1896 the Queensland boat ETTIE won the title again raced on Moreton Bay. The fourth Intercolonial Sailing Carnival was held on Sydney Harbour in January 1897 and won by the New South Wales boat IREX. While EFFIE competed it was not placed. The Johnstone's Bay Club had eight steamers following the race all crowded with spectators. Again the Walker Whisky trophy valued at £50 was awarded to the winner. The prizes were presented by the Mayor of Balmain at a smoke concert held on 26 January 1897 at the Balmain School of Arts.

    EFFIE won the Intercolonial Championship becoming Australian champion 22 footer for the 1898-99 season and 1899-1900 season. The owner J McMurtrie was presented with the Walker Whisky trophy. In 1899 EFFIE sailed in a series of three private matches against the 22-footer BRONZEWING on Sydney Harbour winning the first race of the series easily. EFFIE won the Sydney Sailing Club's 22-foot Championship in 1904. Also competing were KERIKI and GUINEVERE.

    A very similar trophy, known as the Taymouth Ram is on display at the Kenmore Hotel adjacent to Taymouth Castle (now a golf club) in Perthshire Scotland. It was used as a table setting/snuff box and from 1926 it was the MacTaggart family perpetual trophy presented to the winner of the Men's open Golf tournament day at Taymouth Castle Golf Course.

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