Redlands District

 

Badge Description

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Lighthouse = Cleveland Lighthouse at Cleveland Point

Boat = Sailing activity on Raby Bay

Plants = Sugar Cane which was first commercially grown by Captain Louise Hope in Australia at Ormiston around 1864 [7].  From a scouting perspective, the Sugar Mill at Ormiston was also the location for the 1st Wood Badge course for adult leaders commencing on the 18th October 1924, run by Charles S Snow, Headquarters Commissioner (Adult Leader Training) [8].

History

Redlands district is named after Redland Bay, which is named after the red colour of the fertile soil in the area.  The redness of Redland Bay soil derives from iron oxides present in lava from a volcano that erupted (millions of years ago) in northern New South Wales, some 100 kilometres to the south.  It was first formed in 1974 [1].  The original Redlands district closed, and was last mentioned in 1987 in the Brisbane South Area directories [2].  In 2014,  Moreton Bay district was renamed Redlands district when South Eastern Region was re-organised according to local city council boundaries.  Wynnum and Manly groups were moved to Fort Lytton District. With the re-distribution, the remaining five groups agreed to rename the district Redlands District as the groups were all within the Redlands city boundary [3].

Redlands district is also the home to Redlands Revue, a scout and guide gang show, which commenced in in December 1978 when 40 Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Leaders from Alexandra Hills, Birkdale and Cleveland Scout Groups joined with 30 Brownies, Guides, Ranger Guides and Leaders from Wellington Point, Cleveland, and Victoria Point Guide Districts to present three shows at the RSL Hall in Cleveland [4].  The show continues to perform each year.

The Charles S Snow Environment Centre, also named Eprapah, and is used for environmental education [5]. This centre resides at Victoria Point within Redlands district.  In 1985, the 1st Asia-Pacific Environmental Conservation Seminar was held at Eprapah.  63 delegates from six Asia-Pacific Nations and 5 Australian states attended a week long seminar.Topics focused on Australian wildlife; interesting the young in environmental conservation; the Asia-Pacific environment; and koala health and habitat.  Sessions were conducted by academics and experienced personnel employed in wild life and industrial occupations [6].  Prior to being used as an Environmental Centre, it was used as a leader training site until 1953 when Baden Powell Park, Samford was established.  The 1st Scoutmaster course held at Eprapah was in 1928.

Groups

Redlands  District Groups (1974): Birkdale Scout Group, Cleveland Scout Group, Victoria Point Scout Group [1]

Redlands  District Groups (1983): Alexandra Hills Scout Group, Birkdale Scout Group, Capalaba Scout Group, Cleveland Scout Group, Stradbroke Is Scout Group, Victoria Point Scout Group [9]

Redlands  District Groups (2018): Birkdale Scout Group, Capalaba Scout Group, Cleveland Scout Group, Mount Cotton Scout Group, Victoria Point Scout Group [10]

References

  1. Australian Boy Scouts Association-Queensland Branch Form for a District Association Registration (Q-14). Redlands District 26/6/1974. Document located at Heritage Centre, Baden Powell Park, Samford, Queensland.
  2. The Scout Assoc of Australia, Queensland Branch (1987). Brisbane South Area Directory
  3. Tuckwood,p. District Commisioner, Redlands district. Personal communique: 16.3.2017.
  4. Redlands Revue, retrieved on 8.4. 2018 from http://redlandsrevue.net/
  5. Historical Scout Project Receives National Trust Award. Retrieved on 8.4.2018 from http://www.convergehc.com.au/awards/historical-scout-project-receives-national-trust-of-queensland-award.html
  6. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch, p.183.
  7. Menzies,S. Group Leader, Birkdale Scout Group, Redlands district. Personal communique: 16.12.2020.
  8. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch, p.21.
  9. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.
  10. Scouts Australia, Queensland Branch (2018, March 7). Formation listing 2018. Retrieved from https://scoutsqld.com.au/members/formation-listing/