aka Blinky Bill
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 5237
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 13 May 1946
Stations: ?, Fairfield, 34 Division, O.I.C. – Parramatta District
Service: From ?pre 13 May 1946 to ? ? ?
Born: 10 July 1923 in Sydney, NSW
Died on: 17 September 2009 at Longueville Private Hospital
Funeral date: Thursday 24 September 2009 @ 10.30am
Funeral location: St Charles Catholic Church, Cnr Charles & Victoria Rd, Ryde, NSW
Buried at: ?
It is with the deepest regret that we wish to advise the peaceful passing of Geoff Williamson, former Olympian and Leichhardt’s Vice President, passed away peacefully in Longueville Private Hospital late yesterday the 17th September ( 2009 ) aged 86 years.
Geoffrey joined Leichhardt Rowing Club as a coxswain before the Second World War.
After active War service, Geoff returned to Rowing as an oarsman and became part of Professor Frank Cotton’s contribution to Sports Science in the 1950’s.
Apart from many State Championship wins, Geoff represented New South Wales in the Kings Cup in 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1956.
He represented Australia in the Olympic Men’s Eight in 1952 (Helsinki) and 1956 (Melbourne) in the Coxed Four. Geoff also represented Australia in the Eights at the Vancouver Empire Games in 1954.
He continued to be a strong supporter of Club rowing and will be fondly remembered as a much respected Life member and Vice President of the Leichhardt Rowing Club.
His career as a Police Officer saw him move through the ranks to “Officer in Charge of the Parramatta District until his retirement many years ago.
Always the gentleman, Geoff worked continuously for Leichhardt Rowing Club and will be sadly missed.
The funeral for Geoff will take place at 10.30am on Thursday, 24th September at St Charles Catholic Church, Corner Charles and Victoria Road Ryde.
The funeral notice will be in the papers on 22nd September.
May Geoff rest in peace
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
Affiliations: Murray Bridge Rowing Club, Murray Bridge (AUS) / Leichhardt Rowing Club, Leichhardt (AUS)
|Geoff Williamson had the following podium finishes at major championships:
3rd in the 1952 Olympics Eighths;
1st in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Coxed Fours,
3rd in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Coxless Pairs (with [David Anderson]).
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
|1952 Summer||29||Helsinki||Rowing||Men’s Coxed Eights||Australia||AUS||3||Bronze|
|1956 Summer||33||Melbourne||Rowing||Men’s Coxless Fours||Australia||AUS||4 h2 r3/4|
Men’s Coxless Fours
|1956 Summer||33||Melbourne||Rowing||Australia||AUS||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||8:22.4|
|1956 Summer||33||Melbourne||Rowing||Australia||AUS||Round One Repêchage||Heat Three||8:10.4|
|1956 Summer||33||Melbourne||Rowing||Australia||AUS||Round One||Heat One||6:52.7|
Men’s Coxed Eights
|1952 Summer||29||Helsinki||Rowing||Australia||AUS||Final Round||6:33.1|
|1952 Summer||29||Helsinki||Rowing||Australia||AUS||Semi-Finals Repêchage||Heat One||6:09.6|
|1952 Summer||29||Helsinki||Rowing||Australia||AUS||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||6:44.5|
|1952 Summer||29||Helsinki||Rowing||Australia||AUS||Round One||Heat One||6:07.2|