John Oxley District

 

Badge Description

Scout logo: Scouts are members of the worldwide Scout Movement

Sword: When the District Local Association applied to the College of Heralds to use the John Oxley family Coat of Arms, permission could not be granted given that no member of the Oxley family lived in the area.  The badge was designed by “Byama” Taylor and Gladys “Rikki” Bailey, Cub Scout Leader.

Sword : Oxley’s career as a Navy Officer, first lieutenant of the H.M.S. Porpoise.  He carried his sword with honour, and all Scouts do likewise.  The Sword is drawn, as all Scouts, like John Oxley are prepared to meet a challenge [1].

Red & White Cross: Patron Saint of Scouts, St George’s Cross [1].

Compass Points pointing North: John Oxley’s role as an explorer, sailor, navigator and surveyor, and used to compass to find his way, likewise Scouts use a compass to find their way, and they know where they are going [1].

The badge was first issued in November 1963 [4]

History

John Joseph Oxley (1784-1828) was a surveyor-general and explorer who explored South East Queensland. With the assistance of some shipwrecked sailors he discovered and named the Brisbane River, the site of the city of Brisbane.  There is often interest in the location where he landed in Brisbane.  Later in 1824 Oxley, accompanied by Allan Cunningham returned to the Brisbane River and travelling further up, discovered the Bremer River. 

In March 1952, the first moves were made to form John Oxley district [1].  The District Commissioner in 1955 was J. R. Lancaster [2].  In 1961, the number of groups in the district become too large, and the groups were split between John Oxley district and Tarcoola district [1].  The district was closed twice, once on the 4th September 2003, and the second time on the 1st January 2012 [3], and it re-opened again in 2017.  Upon re-opening, its District Commissioner was Kate Rimon.

Groups

John Oxley District Groups (1955): Corinda Scout Group, Chelmer Scout Group, Darra Scout Group, Inala Scout Group, Montrose Scout Group, Oxley Scout Group, Sherwood Scout Group, Wacol Scout Group [2]

John Oxley District Groups (1960): Corinda Scout Group, Chelmer Scout Group, Darra Scout Group, Inala Scout Group, Montrose Scout Group, Oxley Scout Group, Sherwood Scout Group, Wacol Scout Group, Dunlop Park Scout Group. [5]

John Oxley District Groups (1968): Darra Scout Group, Googoorewon Scout Group, Inala Scout Group, Jindalee Scout Group, Oxley Scout Group, Serviceton Scout Group, Wacol Scout Group [6]

John Oxley District Groups (1971): Darra Scout Group, Googoorewon Scout Group, Inala Scout Group, Jindalee Scout Group, Oxley Scout Group, Serviceton Scout Group, Wacol Scout Group [7]

John Oxley District Groups (1983): Darra Scout Group, Googoorewon Scout Group, Jamboree Heights Scout Group, Jindalee Scout Group, Moroni Scout Group, Oxley Scout Group, Serviceton Scout Group, Wacol Scout Group [8]

John Oxley District Groups (2018): Pamphlett Tennyson Sea Scout Group; Jindalee Scout Group; Richlands-Forest Lake Scout Group; Sherwood Scout Group; West Centenary Scout Group [9]

References

  1. John Oxley district archives document on district and district badge history. Located at Heritage Centre archives, Baden Powell Park, Samford, Queensland.
  2. John Oxley District Yearbook 1955. Located at Heritage Centre archives, Baden Powell Park, Samford, Queensland.
  3. Scouts Australia, Queensland Branch. Electronic archive database retrieved 4 April 2018
  4. Haskard, D. (1983). The complete book of Australian Scout badges: Part 2, Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Chatswood, NSW: Badgophilist Publications. p.13.
  5. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1960). Annual Report 1959-1960.
  6. Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1968). Annual Report 1967-1968.
  7. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  8. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.
  9. Scouts Australia, Queensland Branch (2018, March 7). Formation listing 2018. Retrieved from https://scoutsqld.com.au/members/formation-listing/