George Quinlan Roberts
George Quinlan Roberts CBE (23 February 1860 – 6 September 1943) was a Tasmanian-born rower who won events at Henley Royal Regatta in the 1880s. He later served as chief secretary of St Thomas' Hospital in London from 1903 to 1928.
Early life and rowing
Roberts was born in Tasmania, the eldest son of George Valentine Roberts of Hobart and his wife Elizabeth Benn Quinlan. His father was a member of the Board of Education. Roberts went to England where he entered Hertford College, Oxford in 1879 at the age of 19. At Oxford, he rowed for his college and was a member of the coxless four which won the Stewards' Challenge Cup at Henley in 1881 and 1882. He was a member of the winning Oxford crew in the 1883 Boat Race. With several of his Hertford friends, Roberts then rowed for Twickenham Rowing Club. In 1883 for Twickenham he partnered D E Brown to win the Silver Goblets at Henley beating James Hastie and H B Tween in the final.
After Oxford, Roberts went into hospital administration. In 1892 he was appointed house-governor of London Hospital and over the years trained the rowing crews of the London Hospital. By 1903, he was secretary at St Thomas' Hospital. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1919 New Year Honours for his efforts during the First World War.
Family and later life
He retired in 1928. He was widowed in 1935 and died in Oxford in 1943.
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