Sweep oar used to win Kings Cup at the Henley Peace Regatta: Lieutenant F A House, AIF

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England
Accession Number RELAWM16885
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Wood
Maker Unknown
Date made Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Sweep oar. The blade has been painted with a Rising Sun badge within a laurel wreath in the centre. Above this is painted ‘Winners Kings Cup Royal Henley Peace Regatta 1919’ oOL00283.001n either side and beneath of the laurel wreath are the names and states of the winning crew – the ‘AIF Service Crew’ - 'A.R. ROBB TAS; F.A. HOUSE TAS; T. MCGILL NSW; A.V. SCOTT SA; A.E. SMEDLEY NSW; H. HAUENSTEIN NSW; S.A. MIDDLETON NSW; G W METTAM WA; H C DISHER VIC.'. Underneath the names is a list of the other national and university teams that competed – The United States, of America, Australian No. 2 crew, Cambridge, Canada, France, New Zealand, and Oxford.

History / Summary

This oar was used by Lieutenant Frederick Arthur House during the Royal Henley Peace Regatta of June 1919. House was a member of the Number 1 AIF rowing team which won the King's Cup for the Men's Eights rowing event.

House, from Hobart, Tasmania, enlisted as a gunner in 3 Field Artillery Brigade on 4 January 1915. He was assigned the service number 3806 and sailed from Melbourne aboard HMAT Runic on 15 February 1915. After the war he remained in England and participated in the rowing events at Henley.