ANU Boat Club Golden Jubilee Celebration

ANU Boat Club 50th Anniversary

Off the back of being crowned ANU Sport Club of the Year, the Boat Club (ANUBC) will next month celebrate their 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee. The ANUBC is rich in history and has been extremely succesful in the local and national sporting scenes.

The very first row on Lake Burley Griffin was by a crew of students from the Australian National University and the School of Forestry on April 18, 1964. A few days later the ANU rowers formed the Australian National University Boat Club (ANUBC), the ACT’s first rowing club. Since then the club has grown and thrived. It now has 140 active members and is one of ANU’s top performing sports clubs at the annual Australian University Games. Along the way it has produced an stounding 25 Australian representatives. While the club caters to anyone in the ANU community who is interested in rowing, it has deliberately maintained a student focus, with 70% of the current membership being students.

One of the ANU Boat Club’s first crews rowing in April 1964. L-R: Kerry Jelbart (future 1972 Olympian), Brian Donkin, Michael Manning, Dr Pieter Arriens (the club’s founding President), Jim Colquhoun.


To mark its half century the ANUBC has organised several commemorative activities. In April, on the anniversary of the first row, it launched 50 ANU rowers from the ANU Boat House on Sullivans Creek for a special Canberra Times photo. The club is also publishing a history book of its first 50 years, and producing a unique club blazer. The main commemorative event is a reunion dinner on 18 October. Every year of the club’s existence will be represented amongst the guests, including several of the founding members from 1964. On the same day the current ANU student rowers will race against crews from ADFA and RMC Duntroon for the Disher Cup, a race run in memory of the Australian Imperial Forces crew that won the King’s Cup at the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta. President of the ANUBC, Mr Nick Hunter, has said 'It's something we're very proud of, that we've not just survived but thrived over our first half century."


For information on the event, click HERE