Tom Cree was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His father Captain Robert Scott Cree, died of wounds sustained in the 3rd Battle of Gaza in 1917 when Tom was three years old. Tom and his mother, Zara Carvick (Webster) Cree, migrated to Australia when he was six. He was educated at Geelong Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge.
In 1935 he partnered David Burnford to win Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta. In 1936 he was a member of the winning Cambridge boat in the Boat Race. Later in the year he partnered Burnford in the coxless pair representing Great Britain at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, where they reached the semi-final stage. He again rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race in 1937.
T S Cree joined the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1939 and left as a Lieutenant Commander in 1946. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He died at Darling Point, NSW, in 1990.
- Australian Department of Veteran Affairs Service Record
- Indexes to Statutory Registers at the General Register Office for Scotland
- Obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald, 30 March 1990
- Rowing History Australia
- Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1839–1939
- Sports Reference Olympic Sports – Thomas Cree
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