This morning’s Dominion Post sadly advises of the death of one of Star Boating Club’s true legends, William (Bill) (Chick) Hillock.
Chick, as we knew him, had an active career with the Club commencing in 1931 when he joined as a coxswain with the crew stroked by the legendary G C (George) Cooke, who was stroke of the New Zealand Eight which competed in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games. In 1938 Chick became an active oarsman and amazingly, the Club records status regatta wins 19 years later in the 1956-57 season, in the Senior Double Sculls at Christchurch and Wellington, the Senior Pairs at Whakatane, Picton and Wellington and Senior Eights at Picton.
History shows that he proved himself as the Club’s most capable oarsman after Cooke’s death.
Chick was Club Captain 1947/48 and 52/53, Deputy Captain 1946 and 1953, and Secretary 1959/60. The Annual Report for the 1961/62 season records thanks for his assistance with clubhouse repairs. If I recall correctly, the major project that year was the replacement of the Club’s malthoid roof and Chick’s plumbing experience proved most helpful.
It can be said without argument that Chick’s active association with the Club, of over 30 years has established a record that will never be beaten.
Until only last year Chick regularly attended our Legends’ Wellington luncheons and will be remembered for his oratory recalling rowing and wartime experiences.
William (Chick) Hillock was another of the Club’s “Outstanding Personalities” and should take his place with those honoured in Frank Scott’s “One Hundred Years of Rowing” written for the Club Centennial in 1966.