Uniform, Girl Guides; [?]; [?]; CT89.1874e2


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 ten, sewn-on badges depicting a tiki, toothbrush, frog, person, broom, cactus and a first-aid symbol. Two gold-coloured bands are sewn over the left shoulder.
The dress appears to be home-made.
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.


l 810mm (shoulder to hem) x w 400mm (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 06:32 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 gold 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 Fairy Six. The two badges above the left pocket are the Golden Bar and Golden Hand. The triangular badges on the right arm are Proficiency Badges (from top down) - Floral Arranger, House Orderly, Athlete, Swimmer, Dental Health, Maori. The triangular badge on the left sleeve is the First Aider Proficiency badge. This uniform dates from late 1960s.

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