1829 Boat Race. England Project Challenge.

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The first ever Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge took place at Henley-on-Thames on 10 June 1829. The crowd was around 20,000 strong to watch Oxford win [1]

Winner of the 1829 Wikitree boat race : Cambridge.

The idea of this challenge is to set the record straight for your favourite team, whichever shade of blue you are, by completing the course first

The Challenge

Below you will see a list of all the oarsmen and the cox for each team.
The challenge is to create a profile for each person and connect them to the single family tree. (See hints below)

How to Join

Choose your team and add your name in the following format
[[Christmas-476|Mike Christmas]]
Do this next to one of the rowers or the cox at the end of the list. The brackets are already there for you to fill in when you edit this document.
As soon as you have added your name you can start working on the profile.
There is a maximum of 3 people per rower so get your name down quickly.

What next?

Once you have connected your profile your team can declare that rower by adding the following to the end of the line and saving. (This will leave your name and time stamp, and a flag of course)

Declaration of the Winning Team

The winning team will be the one that completes all of its profiles first or has the most profiles complete when the competition ends.
The competition will end at 3pm GMT (9am EST) on 29 March.

Cambridge Team

A. B. E. Holdsworth. Wikitree Team Maddy Hardman| Madelaine Kirke|23:09, 21 March 2020 (UTC)🏁
A. F. Bayford. Wikitree Team Madelaine Kirke| : [[Bates-10490|Madelaine Kirke]]12.49 22 March 2020🏁
C. Warren.Wikitree Team Leandra Ford| 05:47, 23 March 2020 (UTC)🏴‍☠️
Charles Merivale Wikitree Team Hardman-1532 17:42, 21 March 2020 (UTC)🏁
Thos. Entwisle. Wikitree Team Ian Speed| Maddy Hardman|14:28, 22 March 2020 (UTC)🏴‍☠️
W. T. Thompson Wikitree Team Madelaine Kirke| Leandra Ford 11:05, 23 March 2020 (UTC)🏴‍☠️
G. A. Selwyn. Wikitree Team Madelaine Kirke| 17:52 21 March 2020🏁
W. Snow. Wikitree Team Leandra Ford| 12:17, 22 March 2020 (UTC)🏴‍☠️
B. R. Heath. Wikitree Team Ian Speed| Maddy Hardman|09:44, 23 March 2020 (UTC)🏴‍☠️

Oxford Team

J. Carter. Wikitree Team Dave Welburn 09:38, 23 March 2020 (UTC) 🏁
E. J. Arbuthnot. Wikitree Team Amy Utting| John Elkin||Elkin-76 19:08, 22 March 2020 (UTC)🏁
J. E. Bates. Wikitree Team Elizabeth Viney| Dave Welburn| Your Name 🏁
C. Wordsworth. Wikitree Team Amy Utting 11:54, 21 March 2020 (UTC)🏁
J. J. Toogood. Wikitree Team Fran Weidman| Amy Utting| Heather Brannon 17:49, 21 March 2020 (UTC)🏁
T. F. Garnier. Wikitree Team Ros Haywood 20:18, 21 March 2020 (UTC) 🏁
G. B. Moore. Wikitree Team Marjorie Gibbon| Your Name| Your Name Humphrey-6461 21:24, 23 March 2020 (UTC)🏁
T. Staniforth. Wikitree Team Amy Utting| Dave Welburn| Welburn-134 14:16, 22 March 2020 (UTC) 🏁
W. R. Fremantle. Wikitree Team Buckle-52 17:34, 21 March 2020 (UTC) 🏁


Some Interesting facts

  • The boat race route is known as the Championship Course and is 4 miles, 374 yards or 6.8 km long. [2]
  • The first Boat Race took place at Henley-on-Thames in1829 but the second was in 1836 in London, where it has been ever since. The first Women's Boat Race took place in 1927 and moved to the Championship Course in 2015.[3]
  • In 1912 the weather was so bad that both boats sunk and a rerun was ordered[4]
  • Many notable people have taken part in the race, for example Dan Snow the TV presenter, journalist and historian rowed for Oxford 1999-2001 whilst Hugh Laurie who many will know as the doctor in ’House’, rowed for Cambridge in 1980.

Contemporary Article

The Oxford University and City Herald published a very lively account of the race which Nic Donnelly kindly transcribed for this competition. You can read it Here. He has also provided a citation that may be added to your profile.


  • Some of the profiles are already in Wikitree but they may need improving or connecting. Check before you create a new record
  • You know you have a connection when you link to someone with a profile that has a message at the bottom of the screen saying something like...Albert is 28 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree
  • Work as a team some, are better at connecting, some good at finding sources and so on.
  • If you have finished, why not give other members of the team a helping hand.


  1. ↑ The 1829 Boat Race
  2. ↑ https://www.theboatrace.org/the-course
  3. ↑ https://www.theboatrace.org/the-basics
  4. ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boat_Race_1912

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