Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

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Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

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THIS beautiful portrait is formed from a photograph of one of the most outstanding rowers in Australia.

Henry Searle was a world champion from Maclean, the artist's home town. Henry died at a young age undefeated. Despite his achievements, the rower is not greatly remembered by most Australians, the way Don Bradman and Phar Lap are remembered, yet his achievements and the commemorations of his death signify that in his day he was as well known.

In October 1889, Searle won the world championship against a Canadian rower named O'Conner and then made his way back to Australia from England.

This tremendous victory was keenly followed by the whole country at a time when rowing had huge prestige and romance. Champion rowers travelled the world like aquatic knights. Great sums of money were wagered by the rower and his backers.

While en route back to Australia, Searle was taken ill with typhoid. The reports of his health became a matter of national interest. …

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