Brisbane North Area (Ext)

 

Badge Description

Scout Emblem

Map Showing North Brisbane, with the Brisbane River on the southern edge of the green land.

Compass Point showing True North and Magnetic North

History

Brisbane North Area derives its name from the city of Brisbane, which is named after the Brisbane River, which was explored by John Oxley in 1823, and named after the then New South Wales Governor, Sir Thomas Brisbane.

Scouting first commenced in Brisbane in 1908, with four patrols [1], of which three of these patrols (i.e., Bowen Hills, Ashgrove, Toowong) were in what is today’s Brisbane North Region.  These were:

  • St Mary’s Church of England, Kangaroo Point
  • Congregational Church, Bowen Hills
  • Methodist Church Gordon Club, Ashgrove
  • St Thomas’s Church of England, Toowong

At the time, there were no groups, districts and regions, and several patrols carried out activities under the name of the locality or organisation that they met, to form local associations, which were registered with the Australian League of Boy Scouts, Queensland Branch [2].  In 1910, local associations within Brisbane, were designated part of Brisbane Zone.  Later in in 1924, Brisbane Division was designated a district [3].  In 1932/1933, Brisbane’s 1st County Commissioner, Gilbert ‘Wallaroo’ Collings, was appointed.  He was previously the first Brisbane District Commissioner [4].  In 1933, the first mention of some form of Brisbane North was mentioned, with groups in the Brisbane Metropolitan area being split up into 4 districts, of which Brisbane North East was one of these.  There was further re-organisation in 1944, with Metropolitan Brisbane being split up into Brisbane North County and Brisbane South County.  In 1965, counties experienced a name change to areas [5].  By 1971, the Brisbane North Area Headquarters was at 446 George St, Brisbane [6]. Later in the 1990s, this was shifted to Grinstead Park, Sicklefield Rd, Alderley.  In 1984, Brisbane North Area became the first Scout movement entity in Queensland to introduce computerised records [5].  In September 2003, Brisbane North Area changed its name to Brisbane North Region.

Districts

Brisbane North County Districts 1957: Brisbane North, Brisbane West, Charles S Snow, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe, Taylor Range [7].

Brisbane North Area Districts 1968: Brisbane North, Brisbane West, Charles S Snow, Dulandella, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe Peninsula, Sir Leslie Wilson, Taylor Range, Tyakunda, Wonargo [8]

Brisbane North Area Districts 1971: Brisbane North, Brisbane West, Charles S Snow, Dulandella, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe Peninsula, Sir Leslie Wilson, Taylor Range, Tyakunda, Wonargo. [6]

Brisbane North Area Districts 1980: Redcliffe, Brisbane North, Charles S Snow, Dulendella, Murrumba, Pine Rivers, Sir Leslie Wilson, Taylor Range, Tyakunda, Wonargo.  Source: [9]

Brisbane North Area Districts 1982: Brisbane North, Charles S Snow, Dulendella, Murrumba, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe, Sir Leslie Wilson, Taylor Range, Tyakunda, Wonargo [10]

Brisbane North Area Districts 1983: Brisbane North, Charles S Snow, Dulendella, Murrumba, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe, Sir Leslie Wilson, Taylor Range, Tyakunda, Wonargo [11]

Brisbane North Area Districts 1986: Brisbane North, Charles S Snow, Dulendella, Murrumba, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe, Sir Leslie Wilson, Taylor Range, Tyakunda, Wonargo [12]

Brisbane North Area Districts 1997: Bramble Bay, Charles S Snow, Murrumba, Redcliffe, Sir Leslie Wilson, Taylor Range, Tyakunda [13]

References

  1. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch. p. 3.
  2. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch. p. 22
  3. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch. p. 25.
  4. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch. p. 76, 79
  5. The Queensland Scouter (1965) “Change from Counties to Areas”. Vol 1 (3), March p. 13
  6. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  7. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1957). Annual Report 1956-1957.
  8. Scouting in Queensland (1968). “Figures are Fascinating”. Vol. 7 (11), December, p. 10-11.
  9. Scout (1980) Area & District Directory, September, p.8
  10. Scout (1982) Area & District Directory, December, p.48
  11. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983
  12. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1986). “Organisation of Queensland Branch” chart in: Scouting in Queensland. Heritage Centre Archive, Baden Powell Park, Samford, Queensland.
  13. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1997). Brisbane North Area Annual Report 31 March 1997.