Great Scot Archive
Issues from 1998
Issues from 1998


Cardinal Club: A most successful Don Macmillan Cocktail Party


1. Alex Sloan (’71) and Don Macmillan’s widow, Meg Macmillan unveiling the honour board


2. MEMBERS OF THE 1955, 1975, 1985, 2005 AND 2014 CREWS WITH JOHN HILTON‐WOOD (‘41) AND BILL MATHER (‘44).



The Don Macmillan Cocktail Party has become a fixture of the Head of the River week. This year’s party was, as ever, a great success, enjoyed by parents, families and Old Boys.

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the ‘Coach of the Crew’ honour board. This magnificent board was hand-built by Russell Kilroe-Smith (‘84) and lists the names of every coach of the crew from 1868 to the present, from information supplied by Director of Rowing, Tom Woodruff and Scotch Archivist, Paul Mishura.

The board was unveiled by Meg Macmillan, Don Macmillan’s widow, and Alex Sloan (‘71), the grandson of legendary coach A.B. Sloan (who coached the crew from 1898 to 1909 and from 1918 to 1925, with seven wins). The project was sponsored by a grant from OSCA and a donation from the 2013 crew, which won the Australian championship and represented Australia at the World Junior Rowing Championships.

Immediate Past President of the Cardinal Club, Stephen Webster (’73), has overseen the project from inception to completion. Stephen was honoured with the christening of a new racing scull, the J. Stephen Webster in the presence of his proud family, including his mother Barbara.

The decade crews, 1955, 1975, 1985 and 2005 were introduced, together with the oldest rowers present, John Hilton-Wood (’41) – whose name adorns the current 1st VIII boat – and Bill Mather (’44).

The 2014 Captain of Boats, Adam Croxford, eloquently toasted the 2015 crew. Greetings to the 2015 crew also came by video from Old Scotch boys rowing at US Colleges – Josh Nothnagel (‘13) at George Washington University, Matt Douglas (‘11) and Ben Stops (‘12) at Brown, Harry Fox (‘13) , George Richards (‘13) and Stuart Sim (‘11) at the University of Washington and Andrew Emmett (‘10), James Croxford (‘11) and Ben Strathmore (‘13) in front of a frozen Charles River at Harvard. The Victorian youth eight, including seven Old Boys, also sent a video greeting.

Updated: 3 October 2016