Rockhampton District (Ext)

 

Badge Description

The badge is made up of a combination of the former North Rockhampton and South Rockhampton badges [3].

Zodiac Sea Goat & Stars (South Rockhampton)= Tropic of Capricorn passes through, and there is a monument in Rockhampton. Capricornus represents a creature that is a blend of fish and goat and the name means “goat horn” in Latin.

Green Hills (North Rockhampton) : Berserker and Athelstane Ranges

Aboriginal (North Rockhampton) : Local Darumbal (or Dharumbal) Aboriginal people

The badge was first issued in July 1964 [3]

History

Rockhampton is named by William H. Wiseman, Commissioner of Crown Lands, after a “bar of rocks” on the Fitzroy River that hampered further upstream navigation from the coast.  The Fitzroy River provided a convenient waterway for shipping of supplies further into the Capricon district, and a settlement grew on the riverbanks just downstream of a bar of rocks which prevented further upstream navigation from the coast. These rocks were incorporated with the traditional English term for a village, and the name “Rockhampton” was first used around the 1850s.  The area where Rockhampton city centre is was originally called Gracemere run.

Scouting in Rockhampton is first recorded in 1910 when 1st Rockhamption Scout Troop was formed [1].  Rockhampton district was already in existence as early as 1938 [2].  At the time the District Commissioner was D. F. Vaughn [2].  Sometime around 1960, there were changes to the structure in which the district was organised and the district was split into North Rockhampton district and South Rockhampton district [3, 4, 5].  Groups that were supposed to be under “South” Rockhampton district, were listed as being under “Rockhampton” district in 1962-1963.  By 1963/64, the groups had appeared to have merged back into one large Rockhampton district [6].  The District Commissioner in 1959 was N.J. Taylor, and in 1964 was R. Harvey [4, 6].  The district was part of Central Queensland Zone in 1972 [4], and part of Central and Coastal Area in 1980 [7].  . Rockhampton district closed, and was absorbed into Capricorn Region sometime in 1995/96 [8].

Groups

Rockhampton District Groups (1963): 1st Rockhampton (later St Pauls) Scout Group, , 8th Rockhampton (later Toonooba) Sea Scout Group, 11th Rockhampton (later Warripari) Scout Group, 6th Rockhampton (later Allenstown) Scout Group, 3rd & 4th Rockhampton (later Goss Park) Scout Group, 2nd Rockhampton Wandall (later Hall Estates) Scout Group, 5th Rockhampton (later Fitzroy) Scout Group [5]

Rockhampton District Groups (1964): 8th Rockhampton (later Toonooba) Sea Scout Group, 11th Rockhampton (later Warripari) Scout Group, 6th Rockhampton (later Allenstown) Scout Group, 4th Rockhampton (later Goss Park) Scout Group, 2nd Rockhampton Wandall (later Hall Estates) Scout Group, 5th Rockhampton (later Fitzroy) Scout Group, 7th Rockhampton (later Beserker) Scout Group, 9th Rockhampton (later Elizabeth Park) Scout Group, 10th Rockhampton (later Koongal) Scout Group, 12th Rockhampton (later Park Avenue) Scout Group, Yeppoon Scout Group, Latter Day Saints Scout Group, St. Paul’s Scout Group. [6]

Rockhampton District Groups (1971): Allenstown Scout Group, Berserker Scout Group, Elizabeth Park Scout Group, Frenchville Scout Group, Goss Park Scout Group, Hall Estate Scout Group, Koongal Scout Group, Park Avenue Scout Group, St. Paul’s Scout Group, Toonooba Scout Group, Warripari Scout Group. [10]

Rockhampton District Groups (1983): Allenstown Scout Group, Berserker Scout Group, Elizabeth Park Scout Group, Emu Park Scout Group, Frenchville Scout Group, Goss Park Scout Group, Gracemere Scout Group, Hall Estate Scout Group, Koongal Scout Group, Park Avenue Scout Group, Rockhampton Scout Group, Yeppoon Scout Group, Warripari Scout Group. [11]

References

  1. Scout Association of Australia (Queensland Branch). Historical database accessed 24.10.2016
  2. The Totem (1938). “Appointments”. Vol 2 (13), Dec, p.15.
  3. Haskard, D. (1983). The complete book of Australian Scout badges: Part 2, Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Chatswood, NSW: Badgophilist Publications. p. 21.
  4. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1959). Annual Report 1958-1959
  5. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1962). Annual Report 1961-1962.
  6. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1964). Annual Report 1963-1964
  7. Scouting in Queensland (1972). “Capricorn Coast Zone Conference Report”. Vol 11 (6), July, p. 4.
  8. Scout (1980). “Coming Regional Events: Central and Coastal Region”. Jan-Feb, p.47.
  9. Murray, G. Group Leader, Warriparri Scout Group, Central Coast Region, Personal communique 16.3.2018
  10. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  11. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.