Bunya District

 

Badge Description

Scout  emblem

Tree = bunya-bunya tree

Hills = Scenary of the mountain landscape in the area.

The badge was designed in 1963 by N.Magnussen, and issued in Feb 1964 [2, 5].

History

Bunya district is named after the Bunya Mountains National Park, and the Bunya Highway that passes through the town in the district.  The name Bunya is the aboriginal name for the bunya, bonye, bunyi or bunya-bunya tree [1, 2]. The tree grows to a height of 30–45 metres, and the cones, which contain the edible kernels, are the size of footballs, which are a food of the Aboriginals.  It grows prolifically in district between the Bunya Mountains and Gympie.

Bunya District was formed in 1960/61 (i.e., mentioned in the Branch Annual Report 1962/63, but not mentioned on Branch Annual Report 1958/59) and the first District Commissioner was D. D. Cullen [3, 4]. Prior to this the groups within the locality had been part of the South Burnett Scout Local Association which was formed on the 27th February 1957.  These original groups included Goomeri, Wondai, Kingaroy, Murgon, Proston, Nanango and Cherbourg [5].

Prior to the Suncoast Region being formed in 1991, the district was part of the South East Queensland Zone, which was administered by Branch Headquarters in Brisbane, and districts were supported by Field Commissioners [6].  In 1972, the districts within this Zone included: Maryborough, Maheno, Gympie, Cooroora, Beaver Masters, Nambour, D’Agular Range, Murrumba, Bunya, Barambah, Condamine, Dolphin, South Coast, Stradbroke Island and Beaudesert districts.   In 1990 this district was re-designated as being part of the Southern and Western Region [7].

Groups

Bunya District Groups (1963): Kingaroy Scout Group, Nanango Scout Group, Wondai Scout Group [3]

Bunya District Groups (1971): Kingaroy Scout Group, Nanango Scout Group, Wondai Scout Group, Wooroolin Scout Group [8]

Bunya District Groups (1983): Kingaroy Scout Group, Murgon Scout Group, Nanango Scout Group, Wondai Scout Group, Wooroolin Scout Group [9]

Bunya District Groups (2018): Kingaroy Scout Group, Nanango Scout Group, Proston Scout Group, Wooroolin Scout Group [10]

Bunya District Groups (2020): Kingaroy Scout Group, Proston Scout Group, Wooroolin Scout Group [11]

References

  1. Bunya Pine. (30/10/2018) Retrieved from https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/living-collection/trees/tree-descriptions/forests-and-trees/forest-71
  2. Haskard, D. (1983). The complete book of Australian Scout badges: Part 2, Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Chatswood, NSW: Badgophilist Publications. p. 4.
  3. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1959). Annual Report 1958-1959.
  4. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1963). Annual Report 1962-1963.
  5. Huston, A. (1990). History of Scouting in the South Burnett. Wondai.
  6. Scouting in Queensland (1972). “South-East Qld Zone Conference”. Vol 11 (6), July, p. 5.
  7. Scout (1980). “Coming Regional Events: Central and Coastal Region”. Jan-Feb, p.47.
  8. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  9. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.
  10. Scouts Australia, Queensland Branch (2018, March 7). Formation listing 2018. Retrieved from https://scoutsqld.com.au/members/formation-listing/
  11. Scouts Queensland (2020). “Nanango Scout Group in Recess”.  Chief’s Newsletter, 72: 25.