John Oxley District (Ext)

 

Badge Description

Green background: Countryside which John Oxley reported as good farming land. [1]

Scout logo: Member of the World Scout Movement

Drawn Sword: This sword symbolises Oxkey’s career as a Navy Officer, first lieutenant of the H.M.S. Porpoise.  John Oxley wore is sword with honour, and the sword is drawn asScouts, like John Oxley, are prepared to meet any challenge [1]

Blue River: Brisbane River [1]

Bend in the River = “Tarcoola” Aboriginal word for “Bend in the river”

Cirle of 8 Red Stones  = Borra Ring at Tarcoola.  A Bora Ring existed at Chelmer, on the low lands which is now an Australian Rules ground. [1]

8 Red Stones: The original 8 groups of Tarcoola district (1970-1988)[1].  These groups would have been: Chelmer, Corinda Park, Dutton Park, Montrose, Pamphlett, Sherwood, Tennyson, Yeronga [4]

This version of the John Oxley district badge was introduced after the amalgamation of John Oxley district and Tarcoola district in May 1988 [1].

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 re-opened again in 2017.

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 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. The Scout Assoc of Australia, Queensland Branch (1985). Brisbane South Area Directory

5  Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1960).  Annual Report 1959-1960.

6  Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1968).  Annual Report 1967-1968.

  1. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  2. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.
  3. Scouts Australia, Queensland Branch (2018, March 7). Formation listing 2018. Retrieved from https://scoutsqld.com.au/members/formation-listing/