Clare home to SA’s first Girl Guides

Back row, Mervil Taylor, Doss Bowley, Lil Pink, Alice MacDougal, Kathleen French; front row, Gwen Raymond, Miss Catt, Janet Craig, Mrs Stacy, Ada Scott.
Back row, Mervil Taylor, Doss Bowley, Lil Pink, Alice MacDougal, Kathleen French; front row, Gwen Raymond, Miss Catt, Janet Craig, Mrs Stacy, Ada Scott.

The first Guides were formed in South Australia in 1912, after a visit by Sir Baden Powell.

Clare was the first country town to establish a Guide company of one patrol, with Mrs T.S. Stacy as Captain and Mrs Catt as Lieutenant.

The foundation members are listed in the photograph.

They were attached to the Buckingham Palace Company and were known as the Buckingham Palace Guides.

All literature – rules, regulations, tests, etc – were sent out from England.

When a girl joins the guide movement she promises to do her best, to do her duty to God and the Queen, and to help other people.

She is trained to carry out this promise and gains a badge for each subject she completes successfully.

The ultimate badge she can earn is the Queen's Guide Badge.

Only one Clare girl gained her Queen's Guide Badge and she was Rosemary Lee.

  • To be continued in the next Looking Back with Val Tilbrook, November 29, 2017.