One of the School’s greatest scullers is featured in this photograph of the rowing First Four in 1917. They are (standing) CR Lawton and A Baynes; (sitting) AK Stewart, E Colclough (coach), JG Hoare (cox), and T Lawton. Arthur Baynes (BGS 1913-1917) won the Queensland championship sculls in 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924 and 1925. In July 1922 Baynes competed in the Diamond Sculls, the sport’s pinnacle event at Henley, England, but was defeated in the semi-final by an American.
This photo also shows Tom ‘Tommy’ Lawton as a member of the rowing team. Lawton, later a Rhodes Scholar, was a great sportsman, captaining the Queensland Rugby Union Team that defeated the New Zealand All Blacks in three test matches in 1929. In 1930 he led Australia to victory in the first test against the British Isles.