Grafton Rowing Club History:
Professional Sculling -
The race was on December 26 against New Zealander William Webb as a precursor to Webb's challenge of Towns for the world title in 1907.
Stanbury then took a position as the Head Ranger of the Royal National Park south of Sydney, which came with a house and small farm at the entrance to the park at Waterfall.
In 1917, he moved the family back to Ryde where he established an orchard on 10 acres of land growing peaches plums and nectarines.
In March 1926, Stanbury was invited by the Shoalhaven Rowing Club, together with two other rowing champions, Bill Beach, and George Towns and two other great scullers of their times Chris Nielsen, and Charles Messenger to attend a regatta on the Shoalhaven River, at Numba to celebrate the "Back to Shoalhaven Week", on October 23, 1926.
An exhibition race in rowing skiffs was held between these famous scullers, and was reported as follows:
"The appearance of four ex-champions in an exhibition race of skiffs was a unique sight. The veterans, Beach with a weight of 76 years on his shoulders, Stanbury, pulling the scales at close to 20 stone (127 kgs); George Towns, still alert though long past his heyday of youth; and Chris Nielsen white haired but active - carried the minds back to the days when rowing was at the height of its popularity and when their was a galaxy of aquatic talent, who made history and won renown for themselves on the historic championship course over the Parramatta River and equally historic course on the Thames.
The old warriors rowed leisurely over the course, showing that they had not forgotten the game at which they had each become famous, they came up to the finishing line abreast.
It was a sight that will never be forgotten."
Stanbury continued to farm his orchard in Twin Road, North Ryde, up until his passing on December 11, 1945 at Ryde Hospital, aged 77 years.
Jim Stanbury is buried in the Presbyterian section of the Field of Mars Cemetery North Ryde .
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