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New South Wales Centennial Regatta rowing trophy

Date: c 1888
Overall: 635 x 240 x 255 mm, 9.9 kg
Medium: Silver plate, glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Trophy
Object No: V00031721

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    The New South Wales Centennial Regatta was held on Sydney Harbour on 27 January 1888 to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the colony of New South Wales. The trophy, in the form of an epergne (decorative table centre-piece), is a rededicated greyhound racing trophy engraved with the winning crew's names.
    SignificanceRegattas were part of colonial life, confirming community identity on a local, regional and national level. This regatta trophy is representative of an important ceremonial event and its history demonstrates the changing face of Australian sailing culture.
    HistoryRegattas were central to competitive boating in the 19th century where they functioned as a social and sporting event, as well as a marker of official anniversaries in a public aquatic spectacle. Civic leaders, politicians and merchants offered patronage and sponsorship. Sydney Harbour regattas often featured several races, including rowing, sculling and sailing events usually for professional watermen and amateurs.

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