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John Leonard Hallam

John Leonard Hallam

Member 1987

24 October 1898 - 4 May 1933

Len Hallam was a champion oarsman who, in his capacity as stroke of eight-oared crews, achieved great success. In 1929, representing the Buckingham Rowing Club, Hallam was a member of the successful four-oared crew, stroked by E. Byrne, which in the one year won all races up to, and including, the junior-senior classes.

He continued to row with success with Buckingham, and in 1925 stroked the club crew that won the championship eights of Tasmania. In the same season he was chosen as stroke of the Tasmanian King's Cup crew that rowed second to West Australia on the Yarra.

In the following year, he again occupied the stroke seat in the State crew that won the race at Brisbane in 1926. His performance in that race won great praise from riverside critics, who were much impressed with his splendid judgement and skill. The 1926 crew has a special place in Tasmania's sporting history, for the following year we lost the King's Cup. It has never been back since.

For the third successive year he stroked the Tasmanian crew that competed in the race on the lower Derwent in 1927, but the contest was marred by rough water and the Tasmanians were swamped.