Sir Arthur Eggar

For archive (Updated on February 16, 2019)

Sir Arthur Eggar founded Rangoon University Boat Club (RUBC) and served as the Life President.


In the 50’s, he wrote his biography for the Guardian Magazine in three installments.

Several old Crocs donated to reprint Sir Arthur Eggar’s biography in time for the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of RUBC.

The donors include

  • Saya U Tin Htut
  • U Tin Htoon
  • Dr. Thein Htut
  • Dr. Tin Wa
  • U Myo Myint
  • U Hla Min
  • U Thura Thant Zin
  • U Htaik San (Henry)
  • Daw Joe Phyu

The biography was printed along with the Commemorative Issue for the 90th Anniversary of the founding of RUBC. I served as Contributing Editor for the Commemorative Issue. I wrote three articles and Preludes for all the sections.


  • Sir Arthur rowed at Cambridge University.
  • He is credited for proposing the Egg-Bairn rowing style.
  • Sir Arthur came to Burma first as a Lecturer in Mathematics.
  • After becoming a lawyer and serving in the Middle East, Sir Arthur returned to Burma as a Law Advisor to the Burmese Government and as Professor of Law.
  • He founded RUBC in 1923.
  • He was elected Life President.
  • He chose the motto “Row Till You Are Dead”.
  • A Bronze Bust of Sir Arthur was erected on the Club Promontory.
  • During the Adhamma Era, the Bronze Bust disappeared.

Rowing Songs

  • There are at least two Rowing songs.
  • The one printed at the back of the Agenda for the RUBC Regattas is as follows.

Pull long and steady bows
Strange though it may seen
The hardest stroke won’t send the boat
The swiftest down the stream.

If you want to keep the boat afloat
And brave life’s stormy weather
You must not put your oar too deep
But always “Pull together”.

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