Charters Towers District (Ext)

 

Badge Description

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Mining Poppet Head Tower = Gold Mining (one of the old mine shafts houses a seismograph to measure earthquakes)

Lamp of knowledge = Many boarding schools in the town.  These schools catered for the outback area of which Charters Towers was central [3]

Gold and Green background colour = rural industry in the area which, in 1981, was mainly beef, citrus fruits and grapes.

The badge was first issued in August 1963 [3]

History

The district is named after the town of Charters Towers, where gold was discovered in the creek on Christmas Eve 1871 by a 12 year old Aboriginal boy named Jupiter Mosman.  Jupiter was the servant of Hugh Mosman, a victim of a Queensland pastoral slump trying his luck at Ravenswood. The son of Archibald Mosman of Mosman’s Bay, Sydney, Hugh later successfully participated in several mining ventures and became one of the social lions of Charters Towers. He named the gold find Charters Tors, after the goldfields commissioner “W.S.E.M. Charters” and the likeness of the rocky outcrops to south England tors. Tors became towers soon afterwards.  Where scouting was concerned, Charters Towers district was first formed in 1946 [1].  The district closed in 2003 [2] 

Groups

Charters Towers Groups (1968) All Souls Scout Group, Millchester Scout Group, Richmond Hill Scout Group, Thornborough Scout Group:  Charters Towers district closed when Kennedy Area became a Region. [4]

Charters Towers Groups (1971): All Souls Scout Group, Hughenden Scout Group, Millchester Scout Group, Richmond Hill Scout Group, Thorburgh College Scout Group [5]

Charters Towers Groups (1983): All Souls Scout Group, Hughenden Scout Group, Millchester Scout Group, Richmond Hill Scout Group [6]

Charters Towers Groups Groups (2002) Richmond Hill Scout Group, Millchester Scout Group, Kuaran Scout Group (Scouts of the Air) run by Anne Clarke and her husband [2]

References

  1. Scout Magazine (1980). Scout badges with Lindsay Knight. March, p.21
  2. M. Flecker (2018). Joey Scout Leader, Loam Island, Kennedy Region, Personal communique 12.3.2018; 13.3.2018
  3. Haskard, D. (1983). The complete book of Australian Scout badges: Part 2, Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Chatswood, NSW: Badgophilist Publications. p.6.
  4. Scouting in Queensland (1968)”Inauguration of Kennedy Area”. Vol 7 (11), December, p. 14-15.
  5. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  6. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.