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Rowing eights race at the Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames, England

Date: 1912-1919
Dimensions:
Overall: 238 x 288 mm, 0.04 kg
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00019298
Place Manufactured:Henley-on-Thames
Related Place:Thames,

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    Description
    The famous rowing site of Henley-on-Thames, England, is shown in this photograph from the 1910s. A crowd of spectators are gathered around the shore and in boats watching two crews of rowing eights racing on the Thames River.
    SignificanceThis photograph is an important record of international rowing competitions in the early 20th century.
    HistoryThe annual Henley Royal Regatta originated in 1839. The Regatta, held over five days, begins on the first weekend in July. The most prestigious race held at the Regatta is the Men's Eight, and winners are awarded the Grand Challenge Cup.

    Rowing was promoted in independent schools and university colleges in England and Australia as an athletic practice to improve the mind as well as the body, and promote the ideal of amateurism in sport - doing the task for its own sake rather than for monetary rewards. This fostered the notion of the gentleman rower and intensified divisions along religious and class lines where manual labourers (watermen) were excluded from amatuer competitions for a long time. Rowing Eights represented the most difficult form of crew rowing requiring intensive training, coordination and stamina.

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