Uniform, Girl Guides; [?]; [?]; CT89.1874e1


Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre Wahi Kahuika - the Meeting Place – a rest on your journey.


Uniform, Girl Guides

About this object

Girl Guides uniform; a dress of brown woollen fabric with long sleeves and two front pockets. The dress is adorned with a yellow ribbon and brooch at the neck, a star-shaped pin, several sewn-on badges and a pair of gold-coloured bands on the left shoulder.
Girl Guiding was developed in 1908, when the daughter of New Zealander Lieutenant Colonel Cossgrove asked if she and her friends could join in Scouting with the boys. In September of that year the first girls were sworn in as Girl Peace Scouts.
In 1923 the organisation was officially registered as part of The Girl Guide Association which had been set up in England in 1909 and became known as The Girl Guides Association of New Zealand.



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Medium and Materials

processed material, textile, wool; processed material, metal.


l 695mm (shoulder to hem) x w 445mm (at shoulders)

Subject and Association Keywords

societies, club. clubs and societies for special classes

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From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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24 Mar 2014 06:26 AM,UTC

A Brownie Pack is divided into small groups called a Six. Each Six of up to 6 Brownies has its own badge. The blue dancing figure on the badge above the right pocket and the two gold bands on the left epaulette show this Brownie was the Sixer of the Elf Six. The dancing figure metal badge on the tie is the Brownie Enrolment badge. The two badges above the left pocket are the Golden Bar and Golden Hand - the latter would usually sit above the former. The star on the left pocket flap is a Service Star and shows the length of time in Brownies. The triangular badge on the right arm is the 'Athlete' Proficiency badge. The uniform was worn with a brown leather belt with a metal buckle, a brown wool felt beret with the Brownie badge (as on the tie) embroidered in gold, brown or black shoes, brown socks.

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