This Day in History: 1957-06-28

1957 June 28-30: Five boats navigated the Avon River from Northam to Perth. Three arrived at the finish at the Barrack Street Jetty. The first boat away was Merv Stott of Toodyay, in a canoe. He started on Friday afternoon, and reached Toodyay but was persuaded to abandon his attempt, as he was paddling on his own. The others boats started Saturday morning in dense fog. One Northam crew withdrew after capsizing at the Northam Weir. First place went to a Perth crew (Colin Arcus), 2nd was G. Houston’s Northam crew, and 3rd place to another Northam crew (Neil Bartlett).

Northam advertiser-news, 3 July 1957, p.1; 10 July 1957, pp. 1, 5.