Henry Robert "Bobby" Pearce - Rowing Archive
Lot 36*
Henry Robert "Bobby" Pearce - Rowing Archive
Sold for £49,250 (US$ 81,421) inc. premium
Auction Details
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Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma, crest used in Olympic games 1928, photograph of Pearce signed and dated 1923, photograph of Pearce in the Dewar boat, Australian sculling championships, M.S Wales sculling championships, flag, photogaph Lou Marsh, Los Angeles olympics 1932, CNE championship course, Gold olympic medals etc, photograph of Richard Arnst, Cartoon of Harry Pearce, Lou Marsh trophy, silver Henley regatta cup 1931, Fosters memorial can, pearce model from Les Duff, Gold presentation pocket watch, 8 scrap books plus one envelope Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma, crest used in Olympic games 1928, photograph of Pearce signed and dated 1923, photograph of Pearce in the Dewar boat, Australian sculling championships, M.S Wales sculling championships, flag, photogaph Lou Marsh, Los Angeles olympics 1932, CNE championship course, Gold olympic medals etc, photograph of Richard Arnst, Cartoon of Harry Pearce, Lou Marsh trophy, silver Henley regatta cup 1931, Fosters memorial can, pearce model from Les Duff, Gold presentation pocket watch, 8 scrap books plus one envelope Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma, crest used in Olympic games 1928, photograph of Pearce signed and dated 1923, photograph of Pearce in the Dewar boat, Australian sculling championships, M.S Wales sculling championships, flag, photogaph Lou Marsh, Los Angeles olympics 1932, CNE championship course, Gold olympic medals etc, photograph of Richard Arnst, Cartoon of Harry Pearce, Lou Marsh trophy, silver Henley regatta cup 1931, Fosters memorial can, pearce model from Les Duff, Gold presentation pocket watch, 8 scrap books plus one envelope Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma, crest used in Olympic games 1928, photograph of Pearce signed and dated 1923, photograph of Pearce in the Dewar boat, Australian sculling championships, M.S Wales sculling championships, flag, photogaph Lou Marsh, Los Angeles olympics 1932, CNE championship course, Gold olympic medals etc, photograph of Richard Arnst, Cartoon of Harry Pearce, Lou Marsh trophy, silver Henley regatta cup 1931, Fosters memorial can, pearce model from Les Duff, Gold presentation pocket watch, 8 scrap books plus one envelope Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma, crest used in Olympic games 1928, photograph of Pearce signed and dated 1923, photograph of Pearce in the Dewar boat, Australian sculling championships, M.S Wales sculling championships, flag, photogaph Lou Marsh, Los Angeles olympics 1932, CNE championship course, Gold olympic medals etc, photograph of Richard Arnst, Cartoon of Harry Pearce, Lou Marsh trophy, silver Henley regatta cup 1931, Fosters memorial can, pearce model from Les Duff, Gold presentation pocket watch, 8 scrap books plus one envelope Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma, crest used in Olympic games 1928, photograph of Pearce signed and dated 1923, photograph of Pearce in the Dewar boat, Australian sculling championships, M.S Wales sculling championships, flag, photogaph Lou Marsh, Los Angeles olympics 1932, CNE championship course, Gold olympic medals etc, photograph of Richard Arnst, Cartoon of Harry Pearce, Lou Marsh trophy, silver Henley regatta cup 1931, Fosters memorial can, pearce model from Les Duff, Gold presentation pocket watch, 8 scrap books plus one envelope Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma, crest used in Olympic games 1928, photograph of Pearce signed and dated 1923, photograph of Pearce in the Dewar boat, Australian sculling championships, M.S Wales sculling championships, flag, photogaph Lou Marsh, Los Angeles olympics 1932, CNE championship course, Gold olympic medals etc, photograph of Richard Arnst, Cartoon of Harry Pearce, Lou Marsh trophy, silver Henley regatta cup 1931, Fosters memorial can, pearce model from Les Duff, Gold presentation pocket watch, 8 scrap books plus one envelope Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma, crest used in Olympic games 1928, photograph of Pearce signed and dated 1923, photograph of Pearce in the Dewar boat, Australian sculling championships, M.S Wales sculling championships, flag, photogaph Lou Marsh, Los Angeles olympics 1932, CNE championship course, Gold olympic medals etc, photograph of Richard Arnst, Cartoon of Harry Pearce, Lou Marsh trophy, silver Henley regatta cup 1931, Fosters memorial can, pearce model from Les Duff, Gold presentation pocket watch, 8 scrap books plus one envelope Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma, crest used in Olympic games 1928, photograph of Pearce signed and dated 1923, photograph of Pearce in the Dewar boat, Australian sculling championships, M.S Wales sculling championships, flag, photogaph Lou Marsh, Los Angeles olympics 1932, CNE championship course, Gold olympic medals etc, photograph of Richard Arnst, Cartoon of Harry Pearce, Lou Marsh trophy, silver Henley regatta cup 1931, Fosters memorial can, pearce model from Les Duff, Gold presentation pocket watch, 8 scrap books plus one envelope Bobby Pearce archives Amsterdam olympics diploma
Lot Details
Henry Robert "Bobby" Pearce - Rowing Archive
An Important Olympic Archive collection, H.R. "Bobby" Pearce, Champion Sculler. Including Olympic Gold Medals and Diplomas, 1928 & 1932 Olympiads

The archive comprising:
* A framed collection of Prize and Participation medals, comprising: The Melbourne Amateur Regatta 1908 (Harry Pearce), The Philadelphia Challenge Cup with ribbon (2), 1928 Olympiad participant's medal and Gold Medal, Amsterdam. 1930 British Empire Games participant's Medals, Hamilton. 1932 Olympiad participant's medal and Gold Medal, Los Angeles.
* A framed Prize winner's Diploma, 1st place, single scull, Amsterdam 1928.
* A framed Prize winner's Diploma, 1st place, single scull, Los Angeles 1932.
* A framed collection of three Prize certificates,The President's Cup, Amateur Sculling Championship of Australia, 1927,1928,1929.
* A framed collection of three Prize certificates, The Sculling Championship of New South Wales, 1926/27, 1927/28, 1928/29.
* A framed collection of Olympic memorabilia, including a letter confirming selection for the 1928 Olympiad and a letter clarifying Amateur status, a photograph of Pearce with Joe Louis, and a photograph of Pearce with two Dutch girls, an invitation to meet the Prince of Wales and a track ticket for the 1932 Olympiad.
* A framed photograph of Pearce winning the Olympic final in Amsterdam 1928, plus another inscribed "to the Graham Family" 1933.
* Painted spelter figure of Pearce in the Dewar Boat, on a marble plinth, inscribed To HR (Bob) Pearce Worlds Champion Sculler lX Olympiad Amsterdam 1928 from LE (Les) Duff Honorary Manager Australian Olympic Team 1928
* A section of a broken sculling boat, with the name DEN, mounted on board, with a note about Kenneth Myers in the final 1928.
* A silver gilt "Pineapple" prize Trophy, The Diamond Sculls, Henley Royal Regatta 1931.
* A framed signed original cartoon "Scrambled Eggs" by Lou Skuce featuring Bob Pearce.
* The Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy, Outstanding Canadian Athlete of the Year 1938, H R Pearce. Together with a framed photograph and programme from the presentation ceremony.
* A framed blueprint, The world Professional Sculling Championship course, Toronto 1933.
* A rolled gold Hunter watch by Elgin, inscribed inside the cover From Les Darcy Middleweight Champion of the World to (Bob) Harry Pearce Jnr. with every good wish on his tenth birthday 30.9.1915
* A collection of eight scrap books and photograph albums, covering mainly the period 1927-1939, and dealing with the Amateur and Professional World Sculling Championships, the Olympic Games, Empire Games and Henley Regatta.
* A can of Foster's Lager, Bobby Pearce.

Together with some material relating to Bob Pearce's father Harry Pearce:
* A framed painted silk Red Ensign, inscribed with names of opponents in the Sculling Championships 1909-1911.
* A framed photograph of Richard Arnst, winner of the World Sculling Championship against Pearce, 1911.
* A large hand coloured photograph, inscribed Harry Pearce, undefeated Champion Sculler of Australia 1913 (quantity)

Footnotes

  • Henry Robert (Bobby) Pearce (1905-1976)

    Bobby Pearce was born on September 30th 1905 at Double Bay, Sydney, the son of Harry Pearce, Australian Professional Sculling Champion, and Grandson of Henry (Footie) Pearce, a noted Sydney Waterman.

    He started rowing early under the tutelage of his father and won his first open race at 14. By 1926 he had won the New South Wales Sculling Championship and the following year secured the first of his President's Cup wins for the Amateur Sculling championship of Australia. Such was his reputation that by 1928 he was the obvious choice for Olympic Games selection, despite some reservations about his amateur status. He went to Amsterdam as the only rower, where he was hugely successful and endeared himself to the crowd by actually stopping during his heat with the French Rower, Saurin, to allow a group of ducks to cross the course, then going on to win by twenty lengths. He defeated the American entrant Kenneth Myers in the final, who was so disgusted that he smashed his boat. His win gained him the Philadelphia Gold Cup, the Amateur Championship of the world. He was the first Australian to win a rowing Gold Medal, and the only Australian prize winner at the Games, and the first from the Dominions. He returned via England, but was denied a chance to row at Henley, because, as a carpenter, he was considered an artisan.

    In 1930 he went to Hamilton, Ontario, to compete for Australia in the British Empire Games, again winning a Gold Medal. As work was difficult to find in Australia, Pearce decided to remain in Canada, where he was given a job by The Distillers Company as a salesman. No longer an artisan he was able to travel to Henley the following year where he won the Diamond Sculls, one of the three premier amateur sculling prizes. After being pressed in the first heat, he went on to dominate the remaining heats and won in the final by six lengths. He also found time to win the American and Canadian Sculling titles.

    Although a Canadian resident, Olympic rules meant that he was chosen to compete again for Australia at the Los Angeles Olympiad in 1932, driving across America to compete, with his sculling boat on the roof of his car. His win there made him the first to retain an Olympic Rowing gold medal.

    On his return to Canada he decided to turn professional and the following year challenged his friend, Ted Phelps of England, for the Professional Championship of the World in a wager match at Toronto. He won the race by a staggering quarter of a mile. Despite accusations from the English Governing Body, he retained the title and went on to defend it successfully in 1934 & 1938, relinquishing it undefeated after WW2.

    During the War he initially served in the Naval Reserve, training recruits. He transferred to the Navy in 1951 where he was employed principally as a recruiting officer until he retired in 1956 as a Lieutenant Commander.
    Although booked to commentate at the Montreal Olympic Games, he died of heart disease on May 20th 1976.

    Regarded by many as the best Sculler ever produced by Australia, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986.
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