William Hearn (born 13 May 1850 in [[Paisley, Scotland]]) was a champion professional sculler of New Zealand, who emigrated to Victoria at a young age. He came to New Zealand in 1862, and had been a resident in Wellington since January, 1876, nearly all the time having been in the employ of Messrs Greenfield and Stewart, timber merchants.
1888, took part in Handicap Out-rigger Sculling Race at Grafton Regatta, Clarence River, New South Wales, the handicap being as follows : — Ned Hanlan, scratch; Neilson, 3.5 lengths; Hearn, 4.5 lengths; Henry Ernest Searle, 7.5 lengths. Result— Searle, 1; Neilson, 2; Hearn, 3. Hanlan did not start. On 3 January 1888, at same regatta, rowed in Skiff Race (handicap). Hearn, carrying top weight (301bs), finished third, the feather weight winning. There was a field of eight.
1888, rowed in Centennial Regatta for Championship of Australia, the result being- Peter Kemp, 1 ; Hearn, 2 ; Neilson, 3.
Out of 43 events mentioned Hearn was victorious in 38, and defeated in only five. Such a successful career has fallen to the lot of very few scullers, either professional or amateur. His last match was on the 5th of February 1890 when he raced Charles Stephenson (rower) for the Championship of New Zealand. The stake was £100 a side and Stephenson won. See also New Zealand Sculling Championship