Moreton Area (Ext)

 

Badge Description

The whole badge represents a promise for the future

Scout emblem

Smoke stack =  Swanbank Power Station representing growing factories and expanding secondary industries.

Aircraft = Australia’s main RAAF airbase at Amberley

Tractor = Large primary development and agricultural industry in the Lockyer Valleyand Brisbane Valley

Circular shapes = large water reserves and dams in the area supplying both primary and secondary industry

Overall wheel shape = aim of progress

Badge first issued on 1971 [5]

History

Moreton Area derives its name from Moreton Bay which was given by Captain James Cook when he passed the area on 15 May 1770, honouring Lord James Douglas Morton, 14th Earl of Morton, President of the Royal Society (1764) and a Scottish astronomer.  The Royal Society is a learned society of science, which was founded in 1660 and is possibly the oldest continuous society in existence.  Captain James Cook’s primary mission was to observe the “Transit of Venus” from Tahiti, and follow that with the search for the southern continent.  The spelling Moreton was an error in the first published account of Cook’s voyage.

The early beginnings of Moreton Area go back to 1957 when Ipswich District was re-organised as Moreton County and initially contained 3 districts [1, 2].  At the time, in order to permit closer association between districts and groups, each district within Moreton County was limited to 6 Groups.  The first Moreton County Commissioner was Mr Ralph. O. Worley.  Moreton County was re-named Moreton Area in 1965 [3].  In 1986, Pam Beasley became the first female Area Commissioner (Moreton Area) in the State of Queensland [4].  In 2003, Moreton Area changed its name to Moreton Region, when the administration of membership and adult training were transferred from the former Area offices to Queensland Branch HQ.

Districts

Moreton Country Districts (1957): Flinders, Brisbane Valley, Limestone [2, 6]

Moreton County Districts (1965): Flinders, Brisbane Valley, Limestone [3]

Moreton Area Districts (1968): Brisbane Valley, Flinders, Limestone, Lockyer [7]

Moreton Area Districts (1971): Brisbane Valley, Flinders, Limestone, Lockyer [8]

Moreton Area Districts (1980): Atkinson, Flinders, Limestone [9]

Moreton Area Districts (1982):  Atkinson, Flinders, Limestone. [10]

Moreton Area Districts (1983):  Atkinson, Flinders, Limestone [11]

Moreton Area Districts (1986):  Atkinson, Flinders, Limestone [12]

References

  1. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch. p. 79.
  2. The Totem (1957). “Ipswich district attains County status”. Vol. 19 (222), August p. 2.
  3. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch. p.132.
  4. Fones, R. (1992) In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch. p. 133.
  5. T Haskard, D. (1983). The complete book of Australian Scout badges: Part 2, Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Chatswood, NSW: Badgophilist Publications. p. 18.
  6. The Totem (1957). “New District Formed”. Vol. 19 (225), November p. 5.
  7. Scouting in Queensland (1968). “Figures are Fascinating”. Vol. 7 (11), December, p. 10-11.
  8. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  9. Scout (1980) Area & District Directory, September, p.8.
  10. Scout (1982) Area & District Directory, December, p.48.
  11. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.
  12. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1986). “Organisation of Queensland Branch” chart in: Scouting in Queensland. Heritage Centre Archive, Baden Powell Park, Samford, Queensland.