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Rowing AustraliaApr 4, 2024 2:55:06 PM1 min read

Vale John Hudson and Lionel Robberds

Vale John Hudson and Lionel Robberds 

Rowing Australia is mourning the loss of John Hudson and Lionel Robberds, who both passed away in March.  

John was a 1960 Olympian who rowed in his early career at Mosman Rowing Club. Dr. Eric Longley was quick to see John's potential and he quickly moved into the senior Eight, then onto state and national level events.

He was able to clinch a memorable King's Cup win in 1959 and was then selected to represent Australia at the 1960 Rome Olympics. After his service to rowing, John ventured into economics and marketing, most notably using his skills to undertake experiential events and incentive marketing.  

Lionel was a coxswain for Australia. Along with his numerous victories at the national stage, Lionel went onto cox the 1960 Rome Olympic Eight and achieved great success at Commonwealth Games.  

His legal career was highlighted by his appointment as Queen's Counsel in 1982. Lionel not only represented Australia in rowing, but also squash, in which he played a vital role in Australia's victory at the World Men's Team Championship in 1973.


John Hudson's memorial will be held at the Shore Chappel on April 22 at midday. 

Lionel Robberds’ funeral will be held April 12 at St Patrick's Church at The Rocks.