Cairns District (Ext)


Badge Description

Scout Emblem

Shield = Irukandji people’s tribal shield

Hill: Walshs Pyramid “Bundadjarrugal” (922m), Gordonvale

Cross = Trinity Bay

Sugar Cane = Sugar Cane production locally

Ship = HMS Endeavour

Previous Badge Variations

The following are variations of the badge:

Type: woven bound

68 x 51 mm




Cairns was previously called “Trinity Bay” by Captain James Cook in 1770.  Cairns was founded in 1876 and named after William Wellington Cairns, Governor of Queensland from 1875-1877. 

The first troop to be established in Cairns was in 1910 [1].  On 28/8/1939, the very first Cairns and district local association received its charter, and the first DC was Mr E.O. Loney  of Cairns High School [2, 3].  In the 1960, there was a Central Cairns and also a City of Cairns district [4],  and later on a second Cairns district was formed in 1983 as a merger of Barron River district and Trinity Bay districts.  Cairns district is first mentioned in the 1983 Branch directory [5].  Cairns District probably closed in 1999, where its groups were absorbed into new districts such as Whitfield Range district and Mulgrave district.


Cairns District Groups (1983):  2nd Cairns Scout Group, 5th Cairns Scout Group, Coral Sea Scout Group, Edmonton Scout Group, Edge Hill Scout Group, Freshwater Scout Group, Gordonvale Scout Group, Kamerunga Scout Group, Kuranda Scout Group, Machans Beach Scout Group, St. Margarets Scout Group, Yorkeys Knob Scout Group [5].


  1. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch.. p. 3
  2. The Totem (1957). “Cairns & District Scout in Retrospect”. Vol 19 (225), Nov, p. 6.
  3. The Totem (1938). “Appointments”. Vol 2 (13), December p. 15.
  4. Haskard, D. (1983). The complete book of Australian Scout badges: Part 2, Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Chatswood, NSW: Badgophilist Publications. p. 5.
  5. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.