Original North Esk Rowing Club, Boat house & Club Rooms. 1902 - 1964.
The North Esk Rowing Club was founded in 1899 by James Boag of Boags Brewery, the original building was of traditional rowing club design of the time. The double story building of wooden construction was situated on The Esplanade . This building survived two floods and a fire, before being replaced in 1966 with the familiar old blue air craft hanger.
During flood and fire much of North Esk's historical material such as: meetings of minutes, accounts, photographs and much more were rescued by members. North Esk is very grateful to these members, however the contact details and names of many have been lost to time. We are currently attempting to find this material, including trophy's, uniforms and the Honour Boards to add to our growing archive. We are also seeking former members willing to provide, audio or visual interviews to add to the archive. The archive will also be digitised and made freely accessable.
By the 1990's the North Esk Rowing Club was struggling, with an all time membership low of 40 members. North Esk survived due to the commitment and determination of a dedicated core of these members.
By 2000 North Esk Rowing Club was once again strong, on and off water, with a membership over 110, we had out grown our poor little Aircraft Hanger home.
In 2002 North Esk Rowing Club, under the leadership of then President Kerry Dawkins, began fundraising and lobbying for a new site and Club House. The new club house was completed in 2007 with the addition of pontoon kindly donated by a club supporter.
In 2016 North Esk Rowing Club again survived flood, this time thanks to the clever design of the current Club House. Equipment being relocated upstairs and offsite, North Esk was able to open doors at either end of the boat sheds and flood water passing right through. Damage sustained down stairs was minimal, although the gym flooring is yet to be replaced.
Unfortunately, the pontoon was not so lucky, being extensively damaged. Thanks to the assistance of the same supporter and donator, club funds and gift from the Launceston City Council; the pontoon was not only repaired but doubled in size. Essential as North Esk Rowing Club also provides access to it's pontoon to, St Patricks College and North Esk Dragon Boat Club. The Dragon Boat paddlers being a proud part of the North Esk Rowing Club. North Esk is also the home club for a number of disabled rowers and training facility for disabled rowers competing for schools such as Lachlan Moore of LCGS.
Untill recently the upstairs of the North Esk Rowing Club was leased to 'The Boathouse on North Bank'. This facility is now run by the North Esk Rowing Club and opperates as the 'North Esk Function Centre'. North Esk Rowing Club is currently in the process of adding a Cafe to the facility. The facility currently features: Function Room, commercial kitchen, meeting room and two licenced bars. All profits going directly back to supporting the North Esk Rowing Club, it's rowers and dragon boat paddlers. The Members Bar is open to North Esk Rowing Club members and their guests; with social membership as little as $55 p/a.
The North Esk Rowing Club continues to be successful on water. In 2016 winning the Hydro Cup and 2017 achieving both Hydro Cup and The State Penant. North Esk Rowing Club's Jnr eight, comprised of Launceston College students also achieved great success, rowing for North Esk and Launceston College through out the 2016/17 season. Other current success's being State Championship wins in 2016 and 2017 for disabled rower Malcolm Hall and Under 23 Women's State Championhip, Philippa Green.
James Boag established North Esk Rowing Club as 'an every mans' club. Deeply set in our club DNA this is a principle still alive and strong at North Esk today. The North Esk Rowing Club remains a strong club, both on and off the water. A club full of vitality, commitment and friendships.
We encourage individuals of all abilities, age and from all walks of life to come along and give rowing at try. Whether individual, with a group of friends or a try rowing day for your corporation, business or school - give the North Esk Rowing Club Secretary a call on 0427 919 790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Esk Rowing Club is situated at 55a Lindsay Street, with street access to pedestrians via the flood levy wall gate opposite Bunnings.
In 2008 North Esk's Paul Bird initiated talks with the Cancer Council, suggesting the Council ask their members, if they would like to start a Dragons Abreast group in Launceston based at the North Esk Rowing Club. Within 6 months a group of 20 Dragons Abreast members had raised enough money to buy their first boat and trailer. The North Esk Dragon Boat Club paddlers are still an important and involved part of the North Esk Rowing Club.