145 years of rowing
We could write a history here, but like many history books, that would probably tell you more about the club now than it would about our past.
Instead, this website is part of a project to load as many original documents, newsletters, committee notes, pictures, magazine clippings and anything else we could find to create an online museum where you can make your own mind up about the history of WARC.
Perhaps you'd like to download our original rules and bye-laws (riveting reading), or perhaps check out some of our galleries.
For quick overview, the club was founded in 1868 (we think). The clubhouse was built in 1905 and over that time, club members have fought wars, rowed interstate and overseas, have watched their beloved clubhouse fall so far into disrepair to the point it was condemned for demolition (twice), and then used their collective might to rebuild her.
For the long version, you can download these books, written by former Life Member and Patron, Guy Negus:
- 1968 Guy Negus centenary book 1868-1968 (black and white)
- 1968 Guy Negus centenary book 1868-1968 (colour)
- 1968-1988 Guy Negus history part II
- 1988-1998 Guy Negus history part III
So far as buildings go, the WA Rowing Club has some tales to tell.
It was life member Don Fraser who said at the centenary of the Clubhouse in 2005 that he wished he could be refurbished and repaired in the same way his much-loved club had been. He was 95 at the time.
So, here's some bits and pieces to get your historical journey on Perth's last remaining clubhouse in the central business district.
- Online Honour roll
- The first century: 1868-1968
- The next 40 years: 1968-2008
- Recent history
- Newsletter archive
- Committee archive
If reading isn't your thing, here's an easy shortcut for an overview on WARC's back-story, both in terms of the building and the club members.