History of Essendon Canoe Club

Essendon Canoe Club has a proud history in the development of Canoeing in Australia.  It continues to support canoeing from the beginner to world class athlete.

Essendon Canoe Club is extremely fortunate in having Fred Jordan to act as our Historian.  His experience and wealth of knowledge concerning the beginning of Canoeing in Australia is extensive. Thank you to Fred for providing this document and for Frank Magee for retyping same from the original handwritten material.

The document was written in 1949 by R.N. Chenoweth – ‘The Canoe Sport in Australia’.  This document discusses the formation of the Australian Canoe Federation in 1949.  It also provides a brief outline on how canoeing had progressed in each state from the early 1900’s.

Essendon members would be interested to know that our club was initially called the Maribyrnong Canoe Club.