Wonargo District (Ext)

 

Locations

Chermside  , McDowall  , Northgate, Virginia  , Nudgee, Banyo  , Nundah 

Badge Description

Scout Emblem

Q = Queensland

Hands shaking = Friendship between whites and aboriginal “Turrbal” people in the area.

Type = Woven bound, green border

History

Wonargo is a Western Australian aboriginal word for “Brother”.  In 1956, at the Melbourne Olympics, the song of farewell “Goodbye Olympians”  specially written by a Melbourne poet William Tainsh, contained a line “Momok wonargo ora go-yai”, which means “Farewell, brother bye and bye come back”. 

Wonargo District was formed in 1958 (i.e., mentioned in the Branch Annual Report 1957/1958) and the first District Commissioner was L. Howard-Osbourne [1].   The district closed in 1994, and the last District Commissioner was Judy Exley (i.e., last mentioned in Brisbane North Area Annual Report 1994) [2].

Wonargo Revue is a Gang Show, that has been performing since 1972, out of the Northgate Virginia Scout Den.  It commenced as a request of the scouts of the “Wonargo District, Brisbane North Area”, hence its name.  Each year a cast of 35-50 scouts perform a variety show of songs, hilarious sketches, dance routines, dazzling stage effects and costumes [3].  In 2018, they were still enthusiasticaly performing.

Groups

Wonargo District Groups (1960): Bald Hills Scout Group, 1st Chermside Scout Group, 2nd Chermside Scout Group, Northgate-Virginia Scout Group, Geebung-Zillmere Scout Group, 1st Nundah Scout Group, 2nd Nundah Scout Group, Zillmere Scout Group. [4]

Wonargo District Groups (1968) Chermside Scout Group, East Chermside Scout Group, Northgate-Virginia Scout Group, Nudgee-Banyo Scout Group, Nundah Scout Group, Nundah Corpus Christi Scout Group.[5]

Wonargo District Groups (1971): Burul Scout Group, Chermside Scout Group, East Chermside Scout Group, Northgate-Virginia Scout Group, Nudgee-Banyo Scout Group, Nundah Scout Group [6]

Wonargo District Groups (1983): Burul Scout Group, Chermside Scout Group, East Chermside Scout Group, McDowall Scout Group, Northgate-Virginia Scout Group, Nudgee-Banyo Scout Group, Nundah Scout Group [7]

References

  1. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1958). Annual Report 1957-1958.
  2. The Scout Association of Australia, Queensland Branch (1994). Brisbane North Area Annual Report 1994.
  3. Wonargo Revue website. Retrieved 10.4. 2018 from https://wonargo.wordpress.com/
  4. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1960). Annual Report 1959-1960.
  5. Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1968). Annual Report 1967-1968.
  6. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  7. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.