Port Curtis District (Ext)

 

Locations

 Calliope  , Boyne  , Gladstone  , Mt. Larcom

Badge Description

Scout logo  (Various types of scout logo)

Mountain : Mount Larcom (632 m), is visible from most parts of Gladstone, and from the “Residency” on the harbour [1]

Light House: Gladstone Light house at Van Cleve Park

Palm Tree : One of the many species of Palm trees that grown in abundance in the area

Sailing Boat : Recreational sailing in the area

The badge was first issued in February 1961 [1]

History

Port Curtis District is named after Port Curtis , which was named by Matthew Flinders in 1802 after Admiral Sir Roger Curtis , who had been the Commandant at the Cape of Good Hope Naval Station at which Matthew Flinders had recently paused his journey to resupply.  Port Curtis enjoyed a brief three months of temporary settlement as the administrative centre of the colony of North Australia (1847). George Barney (Barney’s Point, Gladstone) commanded the settlement but a change of government in England led to its disbandment.  The original name for Gladstone was Port Curtis.  Although scouting started at Gladstone in 1911, a district was not formed until 1943, and was called “Gladstone” district after the town [1, 2].

Gladstone district was last mentioned in magazines in 1957 [3].  The name Port Curtis district begun to appear mentioned in magazines in 1960, where an article indicated that the district had been busy for the past year [4].  Port Curtis District was formed in 1958, and the first District Commissioner was D. D. Cullen [5].  The district was originally part of Central Queensland Zone in 1972 [6].  In 1980 Port Curtis district was re-designated as part of Central and Coastal Region [7].  The district closed in 1991 when Capricorn District was formed [8].  The district was re-established on the 1st April 2018 and was for a short period of time known as the “Southern Area” of the Central Coast Region [9].  In 2018, the District Commissioner was Jeff Wilkinson.  The district is home to Lake Awoonga campsite [10].

Groups

Port Curtis District Groups (1958/59): Miriamvale Scout Group, Calliope Scout Group, Biloela Scout Group,  Gladstone Scout Group, Mt. Larcom Scout Group [4].

Port Curtis District Groups (1960): Biloela Scout Group, 2nd Gladstone Scout Group, 3rd Gladstone Scout Group, 4th Gladstone Scout Group, 5th Gladstone Scout Group, Mt. Larcom Scout Group [11].

Port Curtis District Groups (1971): Biloela Scout Group, Chanel Scout Group, Dolphin Scout Group, Kareeba Scout Group, Miriamvale/Bororen Scout Group, Mt. Larcom Scout Group, Yaralla Scout Group [12].

Port Curtis District Groups (1983): Calliope Scout Group, Chanel Scout Group, Boyne Scout Group, Dolphin Scout Group, Gladstone Scout Group, Kareeba Scout Group, Mt. Larcom Scout Group, Yaralla Scout Group, Yarwun Scout Group. [13]

Port Curtis District Groups (2018): Biloela Scout Group, Boyne Tannum Scout Group, Calliope Scout Group, Dolphin Sea Scout Scout Group, Kareeba Scout Group [14]

References

  1. Haskard, D. (1983). The complete book of Australian Scout badges: Part 2, Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Chatswood, NSW: Badgophilist Publications. p.20.
  2. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch.. p. 79, 80.
  3. The Totem (1957). “Gladstone District” Vol. 19 (2), April, p. 6.
  4. The Totem (1960). “Port Curtis District” Vol. 22 (4), April p. 11.
  5. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1959). Annual Report 1958-1959.
  6. Scouting in Queensland (1972). “Capricorn Coast Zone Conference Report”. Vol 11 (6), July, p. 4.
  7. Chief Commissioner (22 March 1983). “Re-structure of the Regions within Queensland”. Memo to DCs, DAC, Districts, GL, GCC, Groups.
  8. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch (1992). 84th Annual Report.
  9. Central Coast Region Newsletter (2018). Region Commissioner’s Report. Mar Edition, p. 1.
  10. Central Coast Region Organisational chart. Accessed on 6 June 2018 at http://centralcoast.scoutsqld.com.au/
  11. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1960). Annual Report 1959-1960.
  12. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  13. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.
  14. Central Coast Region website. Accessed: 4.5.2018 from http://centralcoast.scoutsqld.com.au/