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Sir Arthur Eggar

Update : January 20, 2021

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

Biography

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.

Trips to Burma

On the first trip, Sir Arthur came to Burma and served as a Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Rangoon.

He returned to the UK. 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 Rangoon University Boat Club (RUBC) in 1923. He pledged a third of his salary (as Professor of Law at Rangoon University) for use by RUBC. He was elected as Life President of RUBC.

He donated a Pewter Trophy to be presented to the winner of the Senior Novices event.

Sir Arthur rowed at Cambridge University. He is credited for proposing the Egg-Bairn rowing style.

Autobiography

He wrote his biography for the monthly Guardian Magazine (in three installments).

In 2013, U Tin Htoon, U Myo Myint, U Htaik San and team compiled a Commemorative Issue to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the founding of RUBC.

I was a Contributing Editor for the Issue. I wrote Preludes for each section. I also wrote three articles.

In addition, U Tin Htoon invited selected Old Members (mostly RUBC Gold and some Past Captains) to contribute to the re-printing and distribution of Sir Arthur’s autobiography. The intended audience include present and past members of RUBC, and also teachers, students and practitioners of Law.

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

Bronze Bust

RUBC repaid the metta and cetana of Sir Arthur Eggar by displaying his Bronze Bust on the Club Promontory.

Sadly, during the Adhamma Era, the Bronze Bust of Sir Arthur Eggar disappeared from the Club Promontory.

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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